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June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
June 26, 2021
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
The key outcome of this project is an increase in the number of competitive NSF ATE (Advanced Technological Education) proposals submitted by community college (2YC) faculty through a model incorporating a three day mentoring workshop and continued mentor support throughout the proposal development, writing, proposal submission and negotiation. The project proposal writing component and 2-year mentoring by experienced principal investigators increase the knowledge and skills of 2YC STEM faculty at institutions with minimal grant activity, thereby strengthening the personal and institutional ability to pursue other proposal based projects. Participants learn strategies for institutional investment in pursuit of NSF program grant funding and increase project team expertise through a series of post-workshop webinars.
The project seeks to increase the diversity of the NSF ATE application pool in multiple ways including geographically, outreach to minority and lower economic communities and to increase gender equity in the technician education community. The project team seeks to imbue lessons learned from the previous three workshops and mentoring programs to increase the success of each cohort. The team provides support to mentee faculty for up to two years in an effort to give them the best chance to submit a successful proposal. In the 2019 ATE submission, 12 of 14 colleges submitted proposals plus several submitted from the previous year’s mentees. In 2018 ATE submission, 18 proposals from our mentoring group were submitted, 14 from the summer 2018 cohort and 4 more from the summer 2017 cohort. It is hoped that through this project and the model it is continuing to hone, the NSF ATE program will experience growth in 2YC participation and that workshop participants will serve as change agents for their institutions with the innovative ideas and teaching pedagogies developed in their mentored projects. For 2YCs awarded ATE grants, this project will result in improved student access to education and acquisition of skills needed to enter the workforce as STEM graduates whose contributions will advance the nation’s economic goals for meeting emerging workforce needs.
Alfano, K. (2020, June), A Successful Mentoring Approach for Encouraging New NSF Proposal Submissions from Community Colleges Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34061
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