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EHR/Covid-19 Challenge


Covid-19 Challenge


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STEM Undergraduates Level - Four-Year IHEs

The impacts of the pandemic on the recruitment, student learning outcomes, retention, and persistence of diverse STEM undergraduate students are not completely understood. We do, however, know that the pandemic has revealed underlying equity gaps as well as strengths and weaknesses in virtual learning, specifically in STEM education. Strategies to mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic on diverse STEM undergraduate students are needed to address immediate and long-term issues of access and equity. The sudden and drastic pivot to online course delivery and the cancellation of undergraduate research or wet lab experiences will likely impact metrics such as time to first degree, student debt, persistence, and retention in STEM degree programs, especially for students in transitions during the pandemic and those with dependent care or other care-giving responsibilities.

We are seeking submissions from four-year institutions (challenge category 2). We are seeking institutional actions such as new and revised policies and practices that IHEs have implemented, or will implement, to address the negative impacts of the pandemic on important student outcomes such as the retention, success, and advancement of diverse STEM undergraduate students. The IHE does not need to have a grant from NSF to be eligible to submit an entry.

Cash Prize Breakdown:


Prize Amount & Honorable Mentions

First Place


Second Place


Third Place


Honorable mention

Up to 10 (no cash award)

Who can submit? Please refer to the Four-Year Undergraduate Challenge information under the Important Additional Eligibility Information section of the the Eligibility/Rules page..

Sponsoring NSF Programs: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP), NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES), Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program (HSI), Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP), and Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)