Starting in 2011, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will recognize science education as a valid field of study for its prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship. Until now, the fellowship program did not formally recognize science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education as a topic that was eligible for support. Applicants for the fellowship had to choose “other” as their primary field of research, rather than selecting one of the nearly 150 fields that NSF specified. Beginning with the 2011 application, candidates for the fellowship can select from among five fields of study in “STEM Education and Learning Research,” including science education, technology education, engineering education, and math education. For more information about the Graduate Research Fellowship, visit


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