The NSF HSI STEM Resource Hub hosts grantsmanship webinars to support grant writing efforts for those planning on writing their first grant or engaged in writing a grant for submission. The Fall 2022 Grant Writer Webinar Series features speakers and panelists from the National Science Foundation for sharing important information for writing a competitive NSF grant. Dr. Martha Desmond and Dr. Delia Valles are the hosts for this series. The HSI STEM Hub recommends participation in these webinars if you are currently writing a proposal or are interested in grant writing.
Student engagement and professional development through research and internship opportunities
Prof. Agda Cordero, Professor, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Puerto Rico
BS Mathematics, 1984; MS Applied Mathematics, 1987. Professor of Computer Science at
Universidad del Sagrado Corazón since 1987. Director of Natural Sciences Department at
Sagrado from August 2013 until December 2017. Principal Investigator in National Science
Foundation sponsored Increasing Student Success in STEM Grant since 2019.
Passionate about STEM, Women in STEM and Women in Computer Science. I have been
shifting my attention to the very important issue of how to communicate scientific knowledge to
the community using emerging technologies.
Dr. Heather J. Shipley is the Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and Dean and Hispanic
Thriving Institution Endowed Chair of the University College at the University of Texas at San
Antonio. With 15 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Shipley has earned a reputation
for advancing undergraduate education, enhancing student experiential learning opportunities,
and promoting faculty development. As senior vice provost and dean she oversees University
College, Career Engaged Learning, Continuous Improvement and Assessment, Faculty Success,
and Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Shipley is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and
inclusion in higher education, and she helped coordinate the efforts that earned UTSA the Seal
of Excelencia in 2020, certifying the university’s intentionality in serving Latino students and
achieving positive student outcomes. In addition to her administrative role, Dr. Shipley is a
Distinguished Teaching Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction
Management in the Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design. As a researcher, Dr.
Shipley has earned more than $11 million in funding to study interdisciplinary topics such as
innovative water treatment processes including the use of novel technologies such as
nanotechnology, low impact development and water quality monitoring, physiochemical
interactions of contaminants to the built environment and engineering education. She has
authored more than 35 refereed journal articles, and has given numerous keynote, invited and
scientific presentations nationally and across the globe. She has mentored many undergraduate,
master’s, doctoral students, and early career faculty — her past trainees currently hold positions
at national institutions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Baylor University and
master’s and doctoral degrees in Environmental Engineering from Rice University. Dr. Shipley
is the recipient of several prestigious teaching and research awards including the University of
Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, UTSA’s Faculty Service to
Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Award, and is a member of the UTSA Academy
of Distinguished Teaching Scholars.
Esther Isabelle Wilder is a professor of sociology at Lehman College, The City University
of New York, and a faculty member at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her current research
focuses on factors that promote quantitative literacy, trends and patterns in scholarly
publishing, the experience of disability, and the roles of race/ethnicity and religion in
explaining socioeconomic outcomes. She is the author of Wheeling and Dealing: Living
with Spinal Cord Injury and coauthor of Voices from the Heartland: The Needs and Rights of
Individuals with Disabilities. Her scholarly work has appeared in more than a dozen journals
including Scientometrics, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Milbank Quarterly, Social
Science Research, Teaching Sociology, The Gerontologist, The Sociological Quarterly, and
the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. With support from the National Science
Foundation (NSF), she has been active in a variety of initiatives to promote best practices in
STEM education and to improve students’ critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills
at minority-serving institutions.
Doris J. Espiritu, PhD is a chemist, a physiologist and a biophysicist turned engineering and computer science educator. She is one of the first NSF-HSI research awardees for the Project “Building Bridges into Engineering and Computer Science which helps her grow the Engineering Program at Wright enrollment by 1500%. Doris is co-PI of NSF-funded CAFECS and works with University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) team to implement a DOE energy efficiency project. Doris founded seven (7) chapters of national organizations including SHPE Wright Chapter and is a member of SHPE Advisors Committee. Doris is also a co-Chair of the Community College Action Network Group Linkages (CCANGL) of the 50K Coalition. She is currently the Senior Advisor to Provost at the City Colleges of Chicago and Dean of the Center of Excellence for Engineering and Computer Science at Wright College where she does research, designs, implements and assesses practices that develop belonging, and self-efficacy to increasing diversity in engineering and computer science. Doris successfully developed the Contextualized Bridge lift students’ preparation and prepares them for Calculus and she developed the holistic and programmatic approach for transfer (HPAT) that eliminated barriers for transfer students.
Jennifer Katcher has taught biology at Pima Community College for 21 years and served in faculty
leadership roles. Implementing a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) has been
transformational for her and her students. This experience grounds her work to build research
opportunities for Pima students at Pima and the University of Arizona. Jennifer is the PI on a NSF-HSI
grant titled “Enhancing Introductory Biology with the Arizona Insect DNA Barcoding Course-Based
Undergraduate Research Experience “.
Dr. Par Mohammadian is a professor of Life Sciences at Los Angeles Mission College. Her
passion to support her students to succeed resulted in being awarded multiple grants. Dr.
Mohammadian is currently serving as the PI and Co-PI of two National Science Foundation
(NSF) grants. The NSF ATE grant prepares veterans and incumbents workers for jobs in
biotechnology and assists them in gaining employment (award # 2054891). The NSF HSI grant
aims to enhance undergraduate STEM education and build capacity (award # 1832348). The
project aims to increase the success and transfer rates among biology majors. Dr. Mohammadian
holds a Master of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a PhD in Human Biology.
Chris Anderson is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological
Sciences at Dominican University (DU). DU is a regional, Catholic, and Hispanic Serving
Institution just outside of Chicago, Illinois. Chris conducted his postdoctoral research in
the laboratory of Alex Cordoba in the Institute of Ecology at the National Autonomous
University of Mexico (2010-2012). In 2009, Chris completed his PhD in Greg Grether’s
lab in UCLA’s department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His research interests are
varied, including Broadening Participation in STEM, and topics related to sexual selection
and diversification of odonates (dragonflies and damselflies). Chris serves as Principal
Investigator on NSF Award #1832237 (HSI-Hispanic Serving Institutions) and senior
personnel/faculty site lead on NSF Award #1911271 (Alliances-Minority Participation).
Carol Shubin is a Professor of Mathematics at California State University Northridge. She is the PI of the NSF Data
Science Program with Career Support and Connections to Industry. This is an interdisciplinary workforce training
program in Data Science that encompasses course work and research projects linked to emerging efforts in the
public and private sectors. The program targets capable undergraduates enrolled in Mathematics and Computer
Science, especially applied mathematics and statistics options, who want a career in industry.
NSF HSI STEM RESOURCE HUB GRANTSMANSHIP WEBINAR HOSTS
Dr. Delia Valles Rosales is the Chair of the Industrial Management and Technology Department
at Texas A&M at Kingsville. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the Instituto Tecnologico
de Durango and her master’s of science and MS and PhD from New Mexico State University all
in industrial engineering. Her research uses nature to inspire the development of innovative
manufacturing processes, new processes of biomass utilization, and models and algorithms for
system optimization in agriculture, education, manufacturing, and service areas. More
specifically, Dr. Valles-Rosales has been investigating various biomass resources as fibers to be
coupled with polymers for fulfilling the need of new applications. She has been the PI or Co-PI
in excess of $5 million in grants from various federal agencies and corporations. Her research
has impacted several students with funded projects focused on student recruitment, retention, and
curriculum development. She has extensive experience in mentoring students in research projects
and capstone courses. She has published more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Martha Desmond is a Regents Professor in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation at New Mexico State University. Her research focuses on the ecology and management of birds in arid systems, particularly effects of urbanization, habitat alternation and climate on measures avian fitness and population change. Dr. Desmond is also involved in educational programs and has been the lead PI on multi-institutional programs with the USDA related to natural resource science disciplines mentoring over 200 underrepresented students in natural resources across 15 Hispanic Serving Institutions nationwide. She is a co-PI on the NSF HSI STEM Resource Hub and along with Dr. Valles leads the webinar series.
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HSI STEM HUB
Resource for Hispanic Serving Institutions that promotes collaborations for STEM research education, develops research capacity, and enhances STEM pedagogy.