Engineer Inclusion

Catalyzing Inclusive STEM Experience All Year Round: Applications for 2020-21 are Open!

For the 2020-21 school year, the University of Illinois Grainger College of Engineering invites teams of high school educators in Illinois and Indiana to apply for the National Science Foundation-funded “Catalyzing Inclusive STEM Experience All Year Round” Program. Watch this video to learn more about the program and how to apply. Applications for teams are due May 31, 2020.

We all want a brighter future for our students. A future where they have full access and opportunity to reach their potential, especially in STEM. Careers in STEM are high-demand and high-wage, yet women and people of color are significantly underrepresented in most fields.

If so, we are seeking high school partners from across Illinois and Indiana! 

Join our Program, and this is what you'll get:

The value of the program is equivalent to more than $50,000 per school!

Join our Program, and this is what you'll do:

Participate in PD

Scheduled dates for virtual professional development are: 7/20, 7/22, 7/24, 7/28, 7/30, 9/2, 9/30, 11/4, 12/2, 1/20, and 3/3


Establish a new STEM Club or enhance a current club by broadening participation and providing unique and challenging content in the STEM Club setting

Action Rsearch

Complete an action research project on the club to apply learning from the educational equity training

Here's what you need to do to apply:


Identify a 3-4 person team, which must include at least one counselor/academic advisor and one teacher.


Prepare ~500 word essay to tell us why you are interested in the program and why it is a good fit for your school.


Secure letters of commitment from each team member and the campus principal. (Must include commitments to cover substitutes.)

Join us and apply today! Applications are due May 31, 2020.

Catalyzing Inclusive STEM Experience All Year Round (CISTEME365) is a grant initiative of the University of Illinois’ Grainger College of Engineering in partnership with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity. With funding support from the National Science Foundation, we are exploring the role of academic advisors and extra-curricular opportunities in encouraging young people from traditionally underrepresented populations to pursue STEM majors and careers.

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Dr. Meagan Pollock envisions a world where personal and social circumstances are not obstacles to achieving potential, and where kindness, inclusivity, and conservation prevail.

An international speaker, teacher, engineer, and equity leader, her mission is to provide services, tools, and resources that inspire awareness and initiate action.

As an engineer turned educator, Meagan Pollock is focused on engineering equity into education and the workforce.

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