The Collaboration Council will use the following priority list to guide decisions on how to use the remaining SEISMIC funds in 2024.

Funding requests should be made with the purpose of supporting SEISMIC’s mission. If you have any questions, please reach out to Nita Tarchinski (nitaked@umich.edu). The link to our funding request form is below:




Once your request for funding is submitted, the CoCo will review your request at their monthly meeting and follow up with a decision.

Priority List

1. Efforts to Continue or Extend the Work of Working Group Projects

Protocol: Initiatives that seek to build upon or extend the reach and impact of existing diversity, equity, and inclusion projects in STEM education are given priority. This includes follow-up studies, scaling successful interventions, or developing resources and tools for broader application.

Example Requests:

  • “Funding is needed to organize a series of workshops to refine and expand our inclusive teaching practices toolkit for STEM faculty.”
  • “Request for developing an online platform to share resources and strategies for increasing diversity in STEM graduate programs.”

2. Directly Related to Publication Efforts of Projects Linked to Working Group Projects and other SEISMIC projects

Protocol: Publications that contribute to the knowledge base on diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM education are prioritized to highlight innovative research findings, methodologies, and theoretical contributions. This helps disseminate critical insights that can influence policy, teaching practices, and institutional culture.

Example Requests:

  • “Requesting funds for open access publication fees for our study on the impact of mentorship programs on underrepresented minority students in STEM fields.”
  • “Funding requested for professional editing services for our paper analyzing the effectiveness of inclusive curriculum designs in engineering education.”

3. Dissemination of Results from the Projects

Protocol: Support for activities that enhance the visibility and discussion of diversity, equity, and inclusion projects within the wider academic and professional communities. This includes attending conferences, organizing symposia, and hosting guest speakers who can provide valuable perspectives and contribute to the dialogue on diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM.

Example Requests:

  • “Seeking support for travel and registration fees to present our findings on barriers to diversity in STEM education at the National Conference on Equity in Higher Education.”
  • “Funding requested to invite a leading scholar in DEI to discuss the latest research on supporting first-generation college students in STEM majors.”

4. Supporting Undergraduate Researchers

Protocol: Funding requests to support undergraduate students involved in diversity, equity, and inclusion research projects in STEM are critical. Providing financial support acknowledges their valuable contributions and supports their academic and professional development in the field of education research. Project collaborators should be able to devote time to mentoring undergraduate students.

Example Requests:

  • “Requesting funds to support undergraduate researchers analyzing the role of student organizations in fostering a sense of belonging among minority students in STEM.”
  • “Funding needed to provide stipends for undergraduate students conducting a survey on the effectiveness of diversity training programs for STEM faculty.”