2019 Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) STEM Leadership Institute

About the Institute
Enlightened institutions of higher education recognize the value of cultivating leadership capacity among STEM faculty and administrators. The PKAL STEM Leadership Institute empowers individuals to fully understand and implement the theory and practice of navigating the politics of change, addressing inter- and intrapersonal conflicts, and restructuring the institutional systems that limit our capacity for global competitiveness in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

This Institute—uniquely designed for early- and midcareer STEM faculty, principal investigators, and administrators—awakens and sensitizes its participants to the systems, structures, and influences of power and privilege within higher education, equipping them with the tools and skills needed to bring about social change in STEM. Nearly 60% of the Institute’s curriculum is grounded in the major tenets of experiential learning, including the state-of-the-art diversity simulation, My Tenure Trek™  (MTT), which guides participants through real-world experiences that are representative of cultures, norms, and traditions that are distinctly different from their own.

Who Should Apply?

  • Early- to midcareer STEM faculty with an interest in leading undergraduate STEM reform on their campuses, and nationally
  • Principal investigators who lead undergraduate STEM reform initiatives
  • Administrators (with STEM disciplinary expertise) of academic STEM units

Individuals from community colleges, minority-serving institutions, and/or historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) is a set of activities and programs that prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of select, NSF-funded, basic-research projects. The Center for Entrepreneurship and UNLV College of Engineering have recently earned the distinguished honor of becoming an NSF I-Corps site and was awarded a three-year, $255,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support site activities. As an NSF I-Corps site, the Center will incubate 15 to 25 projects a year. Faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, staff, and alumni are encouraged to apply to be part of this exciting program. 

Selected teams will receive up to $3,000 plus mentoring support for three months. Please visit the website below for more information about the application process.

Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium 2018+ Preliminary Multi-year Hands-On-Training Faculty Competition

Focus: The primary focus of this program is to firmly establish new or continuing STEM hands-on-training activities that utilize NASA related interdisciplinary content for higher education and/or pre-college students. Proposals should include authentic, hands-on student activities in NASA-related STEM disciplines.

Funding: NVSGC seeks to fund 2 projects with a maximum federal contribution of $25,000 per year ($75,000 over three years, $50,000 over two years, federal contribution only). Due to the requirements of the Space Grant program, a 1:1 institutional match is required on all awarded funds. The total maximum funding amount with match per proposal is $50,000 per year (maximum $25,000 federal + $25,000 institutional match).