The Cockrell School Seed Grants program is an initiative under the NSF-funded Center for Equity in Engineering. It supports seed grants ($3,000-$5,000) for undergraduate student, graduate student, student org, postdoc and/or staff-led projects that aim to promote broadening participation within the Cockrell School of Engineering. Applications have now closed and will reopen in August 2024.

Who may participate

This program is open to all students, student orgs, postdocs, staff and faculty. Faculty may participate in projects in supporting roles, but students, postdocs and/or staff must be the project leads.

Key information

  • Projects may include piloting new ideas, testing new initiatives, data collection on issues of interest, etc. 
  • Areas of interest can include but are not limited to, improved support of graduate or undergraduate education, departmental climate, understanding areas for improved student support, mentoring practices, and student recruitment practices.
  • This initiative covers time periods after the effective date of the new SB 17. For this reason, the following guidelines apply:
    • Proposed projects should not include programs or activities designed or implemented in reference to race, color, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation if they will be implemented in university programs
    • Projects that qualify as research by students, faculty or research personnel are not similarly restricted.
    • Projects that qualify as creative work by students, faculty or research personnel are not similarly restricted.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Gabriella Coloyan Fleming (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

2022 - 2023 Awardees

Mary Cantu-Garcia, Sarah Laney, Janet Ellzey, Yaguo Wang, Lei Zhou
Active Recruitment of Diverse Graduate Students

Brittain Sobey, Sophia Ty, Chase Dawkins, Laura Suggs
Biomedical Engineering Learning Network Group (BELoNG)

Nikhith Kalkunte, Lacy White
Peer-Led Teaching Assistant Support

Elisa Koolman
Community Building in Study Hours for Undergraduate Transfer Students

Mykel Green
Emerging Leaders in Engineering Seminar Series

Anjali Raghavan, Nina Talang
Engineering Bright Futures

Woodrow W. Winchester III
Inclusive Engineering Fundamentals Micro-Credential

Katherine Dowdell, Mary Jo Kirisits, Maura Borrego
Investigating Climate and Feelings of Belonging Among Undergraduates in Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Rodrigo Osuna Orozco, Samantha Santacruz
Neuroengineering Research and Science Ambassador Experience for Cockrell Undergraduate

Xiomara Gonzalez, Caitlin Benway-Trejo
Shamelessly Taking Space: Advocacy, Confidence and Empowerment

Katrina Fierro
The Role of Student Organizations in Supporting Undergraduates

Stephanie Strayer
Understanding the Experience of Underrepresented Researchers

Learn more about the 2022 - 2023 Seed Grant awardees, their team and their projects. 

2023 - 2024 Awardees

Noah Stern, Nicholas Ignacio, Nikhith Kalkunte
Curating Department Specific Peer-Led Teaching Assistant Support

Stephanie Strayer
Revealing the Significance of Grant proposal Research Topic Choices Made by Historically Underrepresented Faculty Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering

Graduates for Underrepresented Minorities (GUM), Unyime Effiong, Isabela Ramirez Velez
Who Am I? The Interplay Between Engineering Self-Identity and Sense of Belonging

Olivia Lanier, Khyati Malik, Amrita Arora, Zena Leah Harris, Ariel Lanier, Laurenz Quinto
B-SEED: Biomedical Scientific Education and Equitable Design

CAEE Graduate Student Advisory Board, Kasey Faust, In Bae Chung, Emma Palmer, Jerry Potts, Meghan Thomas, Anusha Vajapeyajula, Stephanie Seidlits, Huiliang Wang
CAEE Graduate Student Climate Survey

Niraj Babu, Stephanie Seidlits, Huiliang Wang
Career-centric Vodcast Library for International Students in Cockrell School of Engineering

Fabian Maldonado, Benjamin Aguayo Jr., Alejandro Ontiveros, Adrian Rodriguez
Developing a STEM Fair to Increase Participation Among Underrepresented Middle to High School Students

Benjamin Diaz Villa, Ryan Kelly, Noel T. Clemens
Extending Undergraduate Engineering Recruitment to Underserved Youth in Rural Communities of East Texas through STEM Camp Outreach

Alyssa Brown, James Ardoin, Alex Hanson
First Generation Engineers Mentorship Program

Aly Guerra, Enrique Velasquez Morquecho
Increasing Awareness in Engineering through Service Learning Projects and Events: Assessing the Impact of Student-Designed Accessible Devices in Engineering Education

Brandon Bakka, Elisa Koolman, Maura Borrego
Queer Ties: An LGBTQ+ Graduate Student Peer Mentorship Program

J Jesus Rodriguez-Cruz, Graduate Student Society, Anakaren Romero
Science Communication as a Fundamental Step to Broaden Participation in Engineering

Komal Bhargava, Society of Women Engineers
Society of Women Engineers Mentoring Undergraduate Students

Sarah Jones
Support Undergraduate Research in Biomedical Engineering

Learn more about the 2023 - 2024 Seed Grant awardees, their team and their projects.