STEM careers are in high demand and CSN is working to meet Southern Nevada's need.

In October 2018, the Nevada Governor's Office of Science, Innovation and Technology awarded CSN a four year grant to directly address the need to increase the number of students who declare degrees in the STEM fields, to complete their degree, and ultimately enter the workforce in a STEM related job in our community. This grant will help address barriers that impede our students' success and increase the number of students from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM that complete STEM degrees, credentials and/or certificates. To focus its energy and commitment, a STEM Innovation and Impact Fund has been created that will be used to help our students’ completion.

STEM Innovation and Impact Fund

The STEM Steering Committee is pleased to announce the Spring 2020 recipients of the STEM Innovation and Impact Fund: Coyote Career and Clothing Closet, led by Racquel Melson, and STEM Institute of Student Engagement through Research, led by Christopher Collumb. The Committee also increased the funding to the Student Emergency Fund, led by Brian Akins, to help more students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next round of the STEM Innovation and Impact Fund request for proposals is now open for faculty and staff to apply. Completed proposals must be submitted by Friday, October 23 at 5:00 p.m. through the online portal. To be considered, applications must also include a budget and approval of the proposal and the assesment plan. Check your emails for additional information or contact Kristen Dwyer.

The current projects are:

Curriculum Development of Students to Industry Standards

  • Contact Doug Sims and Mark Garner
    • This project will create simple, scientifically-based education, with a Training Model to overcome student perceived obstacles that will improve the hands-on-experience in CHEM 121, 122, 220, 241, 242 and 298.  This will include industry stakeholders, so training mirrors industry methods, and faculty will assist participants understanding through techniques developed with hands-on-training. 

Coyote Career and Clothing Closet

  • Contact Racquel Melson
    • This project is a new initiative that will address clothing insecurities for the CSN student population. The Closet will carry business attire to alleviate the  financial burdens some students feel attempting to prepare for interviews for internships, jobs or career fairs.  

ESHS Outreach Activities to Recruit and Retain Students

  • Contact Pat Armour
    • The purpose of this project is to 1) Purchase marketing materials for the Ralph and Betty Engelstad School of Health Sciences (ESHS) 16 programs; 2) Provide support for the 2020 Summer Camp (moved to 2021 due to COVID-19); and, 3) Purchase and install additional Zoom or similar virtual classrooms.

Food Insecurity

  • Contact Brian Akins
    • Each of the Student Unions on the three main campuses have food pantries run by our Student Government. This project will establish the initial resources, provide toiletries, assess the need of our students and determine how to effectively address food insecurity for the long and short term.

Open Educational Resources

  • Contact Paula Michniewicz and Terry Norris
    • This project will begin to address the cost of textbooks as a barrier to student success and how OER can be a part of the solution. (OER is defined as teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others.)
    • To learn more or to be a part of the OER Task Force, visit OER.

STEM Institute of Student Engagement through Research

  • Contact Christopher Collumb
    • This project will foster a collaborative environment between faculty and students, providing them both opportunities to engage in discovery and provide students with authentic undergraduate research projects early in their academic career. 

Student Emergency Fund

  • Contact Brian Akins
    • This project will establish and provide limited emergency financial support to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship.
    • To find out more and how to apply, visit Student Government.

Women in STEM Careers Speaker Series

  • Contact Kristen Dwyer
    • This project will launch a Speakers Series by utilizing CSN Alumni who are working in STEM careers to stimulate more women’s interest in STEM related fields.


Upcoming STEM Events at CSN

STEM Innovation and Impact Fund

Proposals are now being accepted. To be considered, application must be submitted by Friday, October 23rd at 5:00 p.m.

Fall Convocation - What the STEM Innovation and Impact Fund Can Do

Wednesday, August 19th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams. Register through CAPE.

Fall Convocation - Picking a New Textbook? Think Open!

Friday, August 21st from 9:00-10:30 a.m. via Microsoft Teams. Register through CAPE.

If you are interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs at CSN, you can find our more by searching through our Areas of Study and Skills Certificates and Degrees, visiting our Schools, viewing Gainful Employment information and looking into the opportunities offered through CTE College Credit.

If you have any questions regarding our work in STEM, please contact Kristen Dwyer in the Office of Sponsored Projects. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

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