Accelerating Curricular Transformation in the Computational Molecular Sciences Program

The Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) is delighted to announce the launch of a new education and faculty development program: Accelerating Curricular Transformation in the Computational Molecular Sciences (ACT-CMS). The goal of ACT-CMS is to transform science curricula by accelerating the integration of programming and computation into existing molecular science courses through faculty training and the development of open and reusable curricular modules.  ACT-CMS is generously funded by the National Science Foundation’s Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure program.

The two-year Faculty Fellowship, which is the cornerstone of ACT-CMS, will be awarded to a molecular science educator developing curricula integrating programming and computation into existing science courses. Throughout the program, Faculty Fellows will receive curriculum development and assessment training and will upskill their programming and computational skills. They will produce a curriculum module that uses programming and computation to teach STEM concepts in an existing course that they teach. These modules will be open and reusable, allowing other educators to adopt them in their classrooms.

An ACT-CMS Faculty Fellowship offers the following benefits:

  • $3500 stipend each year of the fellowship.
  • $1500 travel funding each year of the fellowship.
  • Mentorship from an ACT-CMS Programming and Computation Mentor and an ACT-CMS Curriculum Mentor.
  • Annual meeting at MolSSI headquarters for training and networking.

Application window for the first cohort of Faculty Fellows will open 29 January 2024.
Inaugural Workshop: June 17-24, 2024, at MolSSI HQ in Blacksburg, VA

You will find full information and eligibility requirements at the ACT-CMS Website!

Fellows will be selected through a competitive application process. Applications will be accepted from 29 January through 29 February, 2024. Fellows will be notified of their selection in early April 2024.

We will have an online information session and Q&A about the program on January 29, 2024 at 10 am PT/1 pm ET.  Register for the information session here.