Webinar: Moving the Needle: Leveraging NSF Grants for Greater Equity


Apr. 20, 2022, 12pm to 1:30pm

Office/Remote Location

Via Zoom


The Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education (CMSEE) is sponsoring this webinar for UNLV faculty who are interested in developing National Science Foundation (NSF) grant proposals that aim to broaden participation from underrepresented groups in STEM. The gathering will feature NSF program officers who will talk about:

Featured speakers include:
Chrystal A. S. Smith, program director, directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation 
Chrystal A. S. Smith's portfolio includes the EHR Core Research (ECR), ADVANCE, Racial Equity in STEM Education, and Smart & Connected Communities. She is a cultural anthropologist whose expertise is broadening the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM education as well as the STEM workplace. Smith received her Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida, her Master of Public Health from the University of South Florida, her Master of Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland College Park, and her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Howard University.

Dr. Elsa Gonzalez, program director, National Sciences Foundation for the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education
Elsa Gonzalez currently serves as program director at the National Sciences Foundation for the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic Serving Institutions program and for the Excellence Awards in Science and Engineering. She is an associate professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the University of Houston. Gonzalez has professional and academic leadership experience as bilingual scholar in higher education institutions in Mexico, Spain, USA, and China. In 2020, she was awarded from the National Science Foundation with a CAREER grant award for her project: CAREER: Broadening Participation in STEM: A Qualitative Analysis of Resilience Experiences and Strategies of Latina STEM Majors in HSIs. She is the author of the book "An Asset-Based Approach to Advancing Latina Students in STEM: Increasing Resilience, Participation, and Success".

Erika Tatiana Camacho, Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)
Camacho is currently program director at NSF, serving as co-lead for the Hispanic-Serving Institutions program and a program director for the ADVANCE Program and the Racial Equity in STEM Program Description. At Arizona State University, her home institution, she is a professor in applied mathematics in the School of Mathematical & Natural Sciences. She has led multiple NSF and NSA projects supporting students' research, faculty development, institutional change, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM as principal and co-principal investigator. Camacho is recognized as an expert in mathematical models of photoreceptor degeneration. Her work provided the first mechanistic models in this area and the first mathematical framework to guide experimental work in retina degeneration and blindness.

Michelle Rogers, National Science Foundation
Michelle L. Rogers serves as a co-lead for the inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) program. Her primary appointment is in the Computing and Networking Systems division of the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. There she is working on the Broadening Participation efforts with the Education and Work Force working group and across the foundation. Outside of NSF, she is an associate professor in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University.



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Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education
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College of Education

Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education (CMSEE)