Dear Colleague Letter: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education in Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)

National Science Foundation (NSF) is calling for submission of conference proposals to inform the design of NSF's new Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) program, to be established in fiscal year 2018. Proposed conferences are expected to result in the identification of the most critical challenges and opportunities regarding undergraduate STEM education at two-year and four-year Hispanic-Serving institutions of higher education, and potential actionable solutions that fall within NSF's mission, policies, and practices.

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LCA Undergraduate Research Showcase, May 11

The Committee for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) is hosting the first LCA Undergraduate Research Showcase on Thursday May 11, 11-4 PM, with a reception from 4-6PM at the Seven Hills Conference Center. Please join us to celebrate student projects from across the College, including posters, performances, and presentations.  Winners in each category will be announced at the reception, after which light refreshments will be served.

For more information please contact URSCA committee members.

Gitanjali Shahani, Chair,
Laura Lisy-Wagner,
Michael Scott,
Joshua Singer,
Justin Tiwald,
Laura Wayth,

NSF 2017 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Solicitation and Chancellor’s Office Webinar on May 1 from 12:00 to1:30 p.m.

The National Science Foundation has released the 2017 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Solicitation (NSF 17-541), along with a report cited in the Solicitation and related to Track 4 (Research), Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy (National Academy Press). Proposals are due on August 29, and $58 million is available.

NSF is hositing two Royce Proposal Preparation Webinars on April 24, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST & May 4, 2017  5:00pm - 6:30pm EST

The Chancellor’s Office is also hosting a webinar on May 1 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. to provide assistance to campuses. Proposals must be submitted by a team of education and STEM faculty members, and The Chancellor’s Office encourages campus teams to participate in the webinar.

Please save the date and share this information to colleagues in education and STEM disciplines in order that they may participate.

If you are interested to participate in the Chancellor’s Office's webinar, please contact Jessica Mankus (



SFSU Summer Writing Program 2017

SF State faculty are invited to the SFSU Summer Writing Program 2017. The purpose of this program is to develop and support motivation systems to help faculty be more productive writers over the summer. The writing program is appropriate for any type of project: grants, journal manuscripts, book proposals, book chapters, or entire books. The entire writing group will meet for one whole day in June (lunch provided), and form into small groups for check-ins at least weekly throughout the summer. Contact Dr. Mickey Eliason for more information. 

Schedule: June 5th - August 18th

Location: TBD

Facilitators:  Mickey Eliason & Cathy Rath

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ORSP 2017 Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grants

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs invites applications from individuals and collaborative groups for projects that are directed toward obtaining tangible results such as a journal article, book prospectus, seminar, colloquium, conference paper, public exhibition, community project or concert. Projects may include work across disciplinary boundaries, but are not required to do so.The submission deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 17, with no exceptions. An announcement of the funded proposals is expected in June, and the earliest anticipated start date for awards will be July 1. Submission Deadline: Monday, April 17th at 5:00 PM (no exceptions)

View the full Funding Opportunity Announcement and submission procedures.