The U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Taking Action: COVID-19 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Challenge asked two- and four-year colleges to submit their best ideas for systemic solutions to mitigating long-term impacts from the pandemic on DEI in STEM. Entries could be initiatives or ideas aimed at undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral students, or STEM faculty.   

From a competitive field of entries, NSF awarded top cash prizes to the following: Laredo Community College, TX, Fort Lewis College, CO, University of Missouri, MO, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IN.

Winning challenge participants shared interventions, such as launching a graduate student well-being program, providing accessible and free Wi-Fi connectivity on and near campus and shifting institutional policies to automatically grant tenure clock extensions to faculty. Please read below to learn more about the winners and honorable mentions. Congratulations to all! 

Full List of Winners and Honorable Mentions:

Two-year STEM Undergraduate Category
Four-year STEM Undergraduate Category 
STEM Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Category 
STEM Faculty Category 
Two-Year STEM Undergraduate Honorable Mentions
Four-Year STEM Undergraduate Honorable Mentions

Nevada State College, NV

The Ohio State University, OH

University of Notre Dame, IN

STEM Faculty Honorable Mentions

Spelman College, GA

Texas A&M University, TX

Villanova University, PA