NSM Faculty/Staff Newsletter

From the Office of the Dean

NSM Faculty Connect Over Broader Impact Initiatives

On May 1, the NSM Faculty DEI Committee hosted a “Planning for Broader Impacts” event, which focused on providing information for preparing the Broader Impacts section of National Science Foundation proposals. The session was organized by committee members, Jacqueline Ekeoba, Tony Frankino, Lisa Koerner, Mariam Manuel (co-chair), Leah McAlister-Shields, Amy Sater, and Donna Stokes.

Presenters for the session shared insight on what to include in an NSF proposal’s Broader Impacts section, gave advice on what reviewers look for, and provided guidance on the planning and implementation of a proposed Broader Impacts section. Resources such as a proposal timeline tracker and active examples of NSF-funded community partnerships were shared with participants.

Opening remarks were delivered by Elsa Gonzalez, associate professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UH. Gonzalez currently serves as a program director at NSF for the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic Serving Institutions program, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, and the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER).

Small-group, round-table discussions provided opportunities for attendees to network and mingle with faculty/staff and programs regarding their experience with broader impacts activities. Representatives included the UH STEM Center with Heather Domjan, teachHOUSTON summer camps with Amanda Campos and Ramona Mateer, Office of Government Relations and Community Engagement with Jarrel Washington, and NSF CAREER Award insights with Richard Meisel.

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