CADRE Early Career Guide: Tips for Early Career STEM Education Researchers


CADRE, the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE), the resource center for the National Science Foundations' Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) Program.

CADRE developed the CADRE Early Career Guide: Tips for Early Career STEM Education Researchers, a guide to becoming a successful researcher in the field of STEM education, and a profile of the CADRE Fellows program. Early career researchers may independently access the resources in the guide or share them with a study group of graduate students and professional peers. Advisors, supervisors, mentors, and program leads who work with early career researchers may use the guide when providing informal or formal early career researcher support.

The guide includes briefs (listed below) that can be used as independent resources; links to additional resources; and a detailed description of the structure and objectives of the CADRE Fellows program, and the design of the learning activities.


The briefs:

·  Tips for Pursuing Academic and Non-Academic Career Pathways: Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in academia or exploring opportunities in industry to the nonprofit sector, these tips offer guidance in searching for positions, developing your application, preparing for the interview, and getting started in your new job.

·  Tips for Writing for Publication: These tips offer insight into developing ideas for your manuscript, the writing process, navigating authorship, choosing the right journal, and the journal review process.

·  Tips for Building Professional Networks:  These tips provide guidance on networking strategies, how and where to make connections, and how to sustain professional relationships.

·  Tips for Developing NSF Proposals: The advice offered in these tips guide you through the proposal development process, from the earliest stages of developing your proposal idea through the NSF review process and beyond.


Additional CADRE resources for early career researchers include tips for working with graduate students and guidance for mentors


Author and publisher information is provided below. Note that many publishers charge a fee or membership for full access. Permission/access must be requested through the publisher or author directly.


Digital Library
Education Development Center, Inc.
STEM Career Opportunities and Workforce Development
Teacher Professional Development and Pedagogy
Publication Year
Additional Disciplines
Bioscience - general
Computer Science - general
Engineering - general
Environmental Science - general
Mathematics - general