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HSI-STEM Hub Announces Grant Writing and Faculty Professional Skills Workshops

For several years, the West Big Data Innovation Hub has partnered with the HSI-STEM Hub to encourage underrepresented faculty, staff, and students to participate in STEM education and research. Recently, the HSI-STEM Hub has announced several workshops of interest to the community:

Spring 2021 Jumpstart Grantsmanship Webinars. On April 9, May 7, June 4, and July 9, facilitators Dr. Martha Desmond and Dr. Delia Valles will guide first-time grant writers through developing various sections of their proposals. Each webinar will last approximately one hour.

Two-Day Grantsmanship Workshop. On April 10 and April 17, from 9am to 3pm, faculty and staff will learn how to prepare a grant proposal for the NSF HSI Initiative call NSF 20-599, which is part of the NSF HER/DUE “Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: HSI Program”. Workshop presenters include NSF Program Officers and successful HSI Program awardees. There is no cost for workshop participation.

Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) Workshop. On April 15 (7-8pm EST), facilitators Joan Roque (Westminster College), Santiago Toledo (St. Edward’s University) and Andrea Van Duzor (Chicago State University) will provide a general overview of POGIL, a research-informed, student-centered instructional approach that simultaneously develops discipline content mastery and key process skills. The workshop will cover the roles used in POGIL classrooms, the learning cycle and how it applies to POGIL activities, and the process skills students develop in a POGIL classroom.

Participants in the NSF HSI STEM Hub’s first data science workshop offered at the University of Washington eScience Institute in Seattle in collaboration with the West Big Data Innovation Hub. The workshop will be offered again this summer, over four days (three hours per day) in a virtual setting.

Summer Faculty Professional Skills Workshops. Between May 14 and June 30, the Hub will sponsor a series of 1 to 4 day workshops for HSI faculty that will enhance faculty skills in program evaluation and for developing content for undergraduate STEM courses in data science, scientific ethics, neuroscience, genetics, and virtual learning environments. Workshops are offered by experts who work in diverse institutional settings and also engage other NSF program partners such as the Neuroscience Gateway and the West Big Data Innovation Hub. Enrollment is free and is limited to 20 participants per workshop. Registration will open April 1 and close April 30, 2021.

“We encourage all STEM professionals who wish to support STEM student success at Hispanic Serving Institutions to join the HSI STEM Hub community. Membership is free and members can participate in webinars, collaborate, workshops, certification programs, and share opportunities on the community board.” said Elba Serrano, HSI-STEM Hub principal investigator. “We also invite proposals for disciplinary workshops in STEM areas that build faculty expertise needed to offer a cutting-edge undergraduate curriculum at HSIs, especially from other NSF funded partners.”

In addition to these informative workshops, the HSI-STEM Hub has an array of opportunities listed on their Community Board at

About the West Big Data Innovation Hub:

The West Big Data Innovation Hub is one of four regional hubs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build and strengthen strategic partnerships across industry, academia, nonprofits, and government. The West Hub community aims to catalyze and scale data science for societal needs – connecting research, education, and practice in thematic areas such as natural resources and hazards, metro data science, health, and data-enabled discovery and learning. Coordinated by UC Berkeley’s Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society, the San Diego Supercomputer Center, and the University of Washington, the West Hub region includes contributors and data enthusiasts from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and a global network of partners.

About the HSI-STEM Hub:

The NSF National Resource Hub for STEM Education at Hispanic Serving Institutions provides HSIs with resources for building institutional grantsmanship capacity that will increase STEM student retention and degree completion (NSF Awards 1832338 and 1832345). The Hub is a collaborative effort between New Mexico State University (NMSU), California State University at Northridge (CSUN), and Dona Ana Community College (DACC).

The NSF HSI Program has tasked the Resource Hub with supporting the needs of HSIs, especially those with little or no prior NSF funding, with providing assistance with grantsmanship and fostering the institutional capacity required to support undergraduate STEM education and research. In addition, the Resource Hub will facilitate networking and professional development that build and strengthen collaborations among HSIs.

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