The George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University is seeking STEM faculty to participate in a FREE two-day workshop titled “Capacity Building for Competitive S-STEM Proposals” with the broad goal of improving the competitiveness of submissions to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program from predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs)1. Emphasis will be placed on, but not necessarily limited to, PUIs located in Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) jurisdictions. Faculty members from two-year colleges and Minority Serving Institutions are especially encouraged to apply.  Click here for information on the NSF S-STEM program.

About the Workshop

Workshop content will be delivered by a team of experienced S-STEM PIs, educational researchers, and practitioners. This will be a full two-day “working” workshop that will allow participants to develop and receive feedback on portions of their proposals in preparation for a March 2019 S-STEM submission. Activities will primarily target four areas of the solicitation: (1) adopting/adapting evidence-based strategies targeting the institution’s specific needs relative to low-income STEM students with academic talent or potential; (2) knowledge generation, including research questions, research plans, and dissemination plans; (3) assessment and evaluation, including defining specific, measurable outcomes, differentiating between research and evaluation, and identifying and utilizing an evaluator in proposal development; and (4) STEM workforce development, including creating effective partnerships with industry.

Workshop Dates

January 31 – February 1, 2019


Rice University in Houston, Texas


All expenses will be paid for teams selected to participate in this workshop. Details will be provided upon notification of selection.


Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program under award number 1708329.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

1According to NSF 14-579, “PUIs are defined in terms of the nature of the institution, not solely on the basis of highest degree offered. Included by the definition are two- and four-year colleges, masters-level institutions, and smaller doctoral institutions that, institution-wide, have awarded 20 or fewer Ph.D./D.Sci. degrees in all NSF supported fields during the combined previous two academic years.”


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