JUMP into STEM is seeking professors across a variety of fields who are affiliated with U.S. colleges and universities to join the 2021–2022 Professor Team. Interested professors should contact Yeonjin Bae at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The Professor Team is a crucial part of the JUMP into STEM process. Members of the more than 40-person team from institutions across the country help develop new challenges each fall that impact current and critical research topics in building science, and then incorporate at least one of the challenges into coursework.
A key aspect to engaging students is connecting the JUMP into STEM program to departments relating to building technologies, including (but not limited to) engineering, engineering education, architecture, computer science, economics, data science, sociology, public policy, and more.
Interested professors collaborate with a network of professors and national laboratory researchers to incorporate at least one of the JUMP into STEM challenges into coursework as a course requirement with an associated grade. Each JUMP into STEM challenge will be complemented and supported by a recorded webinar designed to elaborate on the challenge topic to inspire student participation and ideation.
Members of the Professor Team also help shape the competition’s challenges to best fit curriculum requirements. Offering JUMP into STEM challenges as part of course curricula provides students a unique, hands-on learning experience—plus the prize is a 10-week paid internship at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, or Pacific Northwest National Laboratory!
Professor Team members are invited to (approximately) monthly meetings to receive updates on the competition, request clarification from the JUMP into STEM team as needed, and discuss implementation strategies and best practices with other Professor Team members.
Webinar slides may be viewed and downloaded here.