Community Events.

These are events related to the mission of the NSF HSI STEM Resource Hub – to provide Hispanic Serving Institutions with resources for building institutional capacity that will increase STEM student retention and degree completion.

Types of Events:

  • Events Related to Grantsmanship Training
  • NSF HSI STEM Hub Events
  • Student-Centered Events
  • Other Events

Please note: Events on calendar are set to Mountain Daylight Time. Please check details for the event’s local timezone.

2019 GANAS Mini-Grant Program
Mar 30 all-day

Grantees Notified

Application due for the CUNY Faculty Development and Student Engagement in Data Analysis Project (FDSEDA)
Mar 31 all-day
STEM-ESS Institute: Creating Hispanic-Serving Identity in STEM through Evidence-based Student-Serving Strategies
Apr 8 – Apr 9 all-day

Complete application by January 31, 2020.
To support institutions working to accelerate Latino student success in STEM, Excelencia in Education and Science Foundation Arizona Center for STEM at Arizona State University (SFAz) offer a transformative set of activities to develop a compelling case for change.

Your journey begins prior to the Institute by identifying a cross-institutional team with members who are passionate and committed to a common cause of Latino student success in STEM. As pre-work, the team completes a comprehensive self-assessment of your institution’s current status in STEM — the extent to which it is evidence-based and student serving (STEM-ESS). Then, during the intensively hands-on Institute, SFAz will facilitate discussion of the data and the development of a STEM plan with strategies and actions to address gaps and leverage strengths. Participants will have a framework to assess their institution’s STEM-ESS capability and a strategic case for change that is supported by evidence. This can engage institutional leadership to implement strategies to enable Latino student success in STEM. Three to six months after the Institute, SFAz and Excelencia will discuss potential technical assistance opportunities with your team based on the outcomes from STEM Plans.

For questions please contact Excelencia at For more information on the Seal of Excelencia, please visit online  

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Critical-thinking Assessment Test (CAT)
Apr 23 – Apr 24 all-day

If you are looking for an innovative way to assess and improve critical thinking, I want to tell you about an upcoming training opportunity. NSF has funded the dissemination of a unique tool, the Critical-thinking Assessment Test (CAT), that helps faculty understand student weaknesses in critical thinking in both STEM and non-STEM disciplines. We will be conducting a special training workshop in Cookeville, TN in April.

The Critical-thinking Assessment Test is a general education assessment developed by faculty for faculty with support from the National Science Foundation. The CAT Instrument is designed to assess a broad range of skills that faculty across the country identify as important components of critical thinking and real-world problem solving. Over 350 institutions across the country have used the CAT to measure course, program, and general education outcomes and to engage faculty in the assessment of student learning. More than 50 NSF funded projects have used the CAT to assess and report progress on student learning outcomes. Previously available only in a paper format, the CAT is now also available online utilizing machine learning models developed specifically for each question to accurately score student responses. The test involves short answer essay responses and is usually completed in less than an hour.  The test has been refined with faculty, student, and expert input from across the country. Considerable work has gone into refining this test and it has been found to be sensitive to the effects of a single course or extracurricular experience. Numerous NSF projects have made significant gains using the CAT instrument to assess improvements during their project implementation. 


The CAT Training workshop will be held in Cookeville, TN on April 23-24, 2020. Registration for this workshop is $550 per attendee and includes all training materials along with breakfast and lunch on both training days. The training provides an in depth understanding of the CAT and prepares attendees to implement the CAT instrument as an assessment and faculty development tool on their campus. The training focuses on two goals: engaging faculty in scoring student responses on the CAT, and developing course activities that merge discipline content and critical thinking. Attendees will participate in a CAT scoring workshop and score real student responses. This scoring process allows attendees to learn what the CAT measures and provides an opportunity to experience the insight and awareness that comes with scoring the CAT. Attendees will also develop CAT Applications, or discipline-specific assessments that focus on the skills measured by the CAT instrument. By completing this CAT Training Workshop, attendees will be able to lead scoring workshops on their campuses and support faculty in the development of discipline focused critical thinking activities.


We are extending a special invitation to NSF projects interested in using the CAT as part of their project assessment. If you are interested in learning more about the CAT and want to find out more about this upcoming training, including registration procedures, let me know and I would be happy to provide links to our online registration center and answer any questions you have.


I am attaching several documents to this email that may help you gain a greater understanding of the format of the CAT instrument and the skills that it seeks to measure.  A sample disclosed question is attached to demonstrate how the CAT continually prompts students to elicit deeper levels of critical thinking.  I have also attached a sample report that shows some of the analyses we do and provides a breakdown of the skill each question targets. There is additional information available on our website, along with a narrated overview –


 This training workshop will be hosted in Cookeville, TN – an easy drive from the Nashville International Airport (BNA). Cookeville is the home of Tennessee Tech University, but also boasts multiple state parks, waterfalls, and natural areas, along with a historic downtown area full of restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques. Learn more at .


We hope to meet with you in Cookeville!

All the best,



Elizabeth Lisic, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Center for Assessment & Improvement of Learning

Tennessee Tech University

931-372-3611 | |

Developing Skills for Grant Writing and Peer Review – Supported by NSF and SACNAS
May 1 – May 3 all-day

This NSF—SACNAS Grant Writing and Peer Review Workshop will equip advanced graduate students, postdocs, and early career professionals in biology or STEM education, to write a successful grant proposal for NSF funding. Accepted applicants will learn how to critique proposal drafts in order to develop their own drafts and engage in peer review.

Workshop Dates: May 1-3
Location: Washington DC Area

Accepted applicants will receive COMPLIMENTARY airfare to and from the workshop, and lodging for 2 nights! 

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Jun 29 – Jun 30 all-day

The workshop is designed to show faculty how to infuse data analysis into their course instruction and our training focuses largely on showcasing a survey research activity that makes use of Google forms and spreadsheets.  We welcome faculty from a wide range of disciplines such as sociology, psychology, history, education, health sciences, journalism, as well as more traditional STEM fields.  Attendees must come from a minority-serving institution (such as an HSI or HBCU).  I have attached a flyer that provides more details about the workshop.  If this workshop doesn’t seem appropriate to you, might you kindly forward this message to your colleagues in other departments/schools,, such as the ones I’ve indicated above?  If so, I would be very grateful!

This year’s two-day workshop will be held on June 29th to June 30th at Lehman College , in the Bronx, in NYC (each day is a full day).  We will welcome 20 guests to each workshop.  We will be holding 3 additional workshops in the years ahead, so if someone might be interested in coming, but cannot attend this year, they are still encouraged to complete our questionnaire (depending on response, we may also invite some faculty to come in future years).  We provide a stipend of $500 for local attendees and $1,000 for those traveling a long distance (greater than 60 miles).  Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the workshop.

We require teams of at least two people to come from each institution (they could both be faculty, but it would also be acceptable to have a faculty member and an administrator).  Each interested party must complete a questionnaire.  Our goal is for those who attend our training program to return home and serve as leaders on their home campus for this hands-approach approach to teaching quantitative reasoning skills!  

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CURE opportunity – Tiny Earth
Jul 15 – Jul 19 all-day

Are you interested in joining more than 600 trained instructors across 19 countries, 44 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico with more than 10,000 students engaged in authentic scientific discovery? Tiny Earth inspires and retains students in the sciences while addressing one of the most pressing global health challenges of our time – superbugs and the antibiotic crisis. 

We will have two trainings for new Tiny Earth Partner Instructors in 2020. The week of January 6-10, 2020, Tiny Earth is hosting a Partner Instructor Training at UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. July 20-24th, a training will be hosted at California State University – Sacramento. Other than travel to the site, the trainings are offered at no cost, including food and lodging. We have additional funding to support travel for college faculty who are at minority-serving institutions or who identify as underrepresented minorities. Apply soon! 

If you are interested in becoming a Tiny Earth Partner Instructor (TEPI), please complete the online application at 

For more information: Please go to

Contact: Sarah Miller, Executive Director of Tiny Earth, University of Wisconsin-Madison | 608-316-4649

Sep 16 – Sep 20 all-day

The Tapia conference is the premier venue to acknowledge, promote and celebrate diversity in computing.

The goal of the Tapia Conferences is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to:

  • Celebrate the diversity that exists in computing;
  • Connect with others with common backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, and gender so as to create communities that extend beyond the conference;
  • Obtain advice from and make contacts with computing leaders in academia and industry;
  • Be inspired by great presentations and conversations with leaders with common backgrounds.

Inclusion Drives Innovation reminds us of the critical role that diverse perspectives play in driving innovations in computing and technology. Creating teams, organizations, and societies that are inclusive and respectful of differences leads to greater innovations that benefit the world.

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