Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network will conduct a one-and-a-half day outreach forum, and related follow-up activities, focused on broadening participation in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate’s Core research programs.
The Forum will be held Friday and Saturday, July 27-28, 2018, in Arlington, VA near NSF Headquarters. The purpose of the Forum is to enable CISE Program Officers (POs) to gather input from HBCUs on the type of support/resources they believe is needed to build a stronger computing, communications, and information systems research and education infrastructure at their institutions. CISE POs will provide participants with an overview of the Foundation’s proposal review criteria and CISE divisions/programs as well as the kinds of infrastructure, innovation, and level of work necessary for institutions and their faculty to be competitive. The target audience of 50 participants for the Forum will be two-person teams, each consisting of a Computer Science (CS) faculty and a STEM academic administrator, representing 25 of the 53 HBCUs with Computer Science programs/majors.
The specific project objectives are to:
(1) Facilitate CISE’s support of NSF’s April 2016 Dear Colleague Letter: Strengthening Research Capacity at HBCUs by providing technical assistance to 25 HBCUs with CS programs to prepare competitive grant applications to CISE Core research programs to increase the number of active awards.
(2) Initiate a national CS community of practice focused on enhancing CS research and education at HBCUs to broaden participation of underrepresented groups in the Nation’s computing and information technology workforce