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

On this page you will find helpful STEM resources for our students and community, and learn what the college is doing to address this need.

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.


STEM Innovation and Impact Fund RFP

The STEM Steering Committee is pleased to announce the Fall 2019 recipients of the STEM Innovation and Impact Fund: Curriculum Development of Students to Industry Standards, led by Douglas Sims, and ESHS Outreach Activities to Recruit and Retain Students, led by Patricia Armour.

The STEM Innovation and Impact Fund RFP is now open for faculty and staff to apply. The submitted RFP must be one PDF, with the supporting materials included to the application. The deadline has been extended, so all applications must be received by Wednesday, April 15 at 5:00 pm to be considered.

You can download the application files here. The final submission must include:

  • Application
  • Budget Form
  • Approval Form
  • Assessment Plan Approval

Helpful resources can also be found here.

  • Scoring Rubric - what the STEM Steering Committee will use to evaluate the proposals
  • FAQ - additional information on the allowable expenses and deliverable aspects of the grant

Please contact Kristen Dwyer with any questions.


Upcoming STEM Events in the Community


EARTH-A-THON Youth Las Vegas StartIT

Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 from 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at PunchCode.

Find out more on event here.


2020 NCWIT Awards and Techie Awards

Saturday, April 25 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Zappos.

Find out more on event here.


Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival

POSTPONED from Friday, April 24-Saturday, May 2.

Find out more on festival here.

Upcoming STEM Events at CSN

STEM Innovation & Impact Fund and Spirit of CSN

Due on Wednesday, April 15 at 5:00 pm.

More information on STEM RFP is above.

More information on Spirit of CSN.

CAPE Sessions for STEM Fund

Open sessions held throughout February and March to help with your applications.

Sign up through CAPE.

Health Career Exploration Camp

May 26 through May 29 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at our Charleston campus.

Applications are due May 1.

In October 2018, the 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 is being created that will be used to help our students’ completion.

The current STEM Innovation and Impact Fund projects are:

CHEM Curriculum Development

  • 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. 

ESHS Outreach Activities

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

Food Insecurity

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

Open Educational Resources (OER)

  • 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.

Student Emergency Fund

  • Contact Brian Akins
    • This project will 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 Jamille Walton
    • 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.


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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