STEAM Initiative

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Introducing the 2018 KEAN “STEAMED” SpF Award

Click here for the 2018 Kean "STEAMED" SpF Application

The 2018 “STEAMED” SpF is a campus-wide initiative intended to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation between Science, Technology, Education, the Arts, Mathematics, Entrepreneurship and Design.

Modeled on Kean University’s Students Partnering with Faculty (SpF) program, the 2018 “STEAMED” SpF will be awarded to one interdisciplinary faculty-student team. The “STEAMED” applicant team must include two faculty from different disciplines, and preferably from different colleges, each mentoring one or two students from those disciplines.

Application window—February 15 to March 30.


Each student researcher receives a $3,500 stipend. The two faculty research mentors share a $3,500 stipend. A maximum amount of $2,000 in materials to support the student-faculty project may also be awarded.

Eligibility and guidelines

  • All full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply.
  • All students who are enrolled as undergraduate or masters-level graduate students during this academic year and will be enrolled at Kean during the next academic year in an undergraduate or masters-level graduate program are eligible to participate.
  • The award period is May 1 to April 30. The project must begin by June 15 of the award year. The project must consist of a minimum of 6 weeks of intensive activities during the summer and should be continued during the academic year.
  • A minimum of two students and a maximum of four students per team will be allowed to apply.
  • Teams must include two faculty from different disciplines and preferably from different colleges, with students from those disciplines.


“STEAMED” SpF proposals will be reviewed by the university-wide SpF committee comprised of faculty from all colleges with student research mentoring experience. Proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Significance and originality of the project as well as applicability to a community need or an important academic question.
  • Well-defined project plan with goals and expectations of the mentors and each mentee.
  • Likelihood of the project leading to a presentation, publication or exhibit at a regional/national venue.

Click here for the 2018 Kean "STEAMED" SpF Application


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