CMS and IST Gradient for Change Awards
The CMS and IST Gradient for Change Awards honor students, postdocs, staff, and faculty in the Caltech community who demonstrate exceptional efforts to make Caltech and/or the broader scientific community a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. The awards recognize and highlight individual contributors or small teams who are considered agents of change, community leaders, and/or allies to historically marginalized group(s) in the information sciences, including computer science, applied mathematics, and beyond.
Nominations are reviewed by a committee of students and faculty that is selected by the CMS DEI Steering Committee. Depending on the applications in a given year, separate awards may be given at the undergraduate, graduate, staff, postdoc, and faculty levels. Awards come with a $500 prize.
Nomination instructions and requirements:
- Nominations should be submitted via email to Sydney Garstang, [email protected] prior to the nomination deadline. The deadline for 2023 nominations will be posted in early Spring 2023.
- Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by their peers/advisors.
- Nominations should take the form of a letter no longer than 1 page that describes both the activities of the nominee and the impact of those activities. Supporting materials detailing the efforts are allowed but not required.
- The nominee must have held an active appointment/employment during the 2021-2022 academic year as one of the following: Caltech undergraduate student, graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, staff, or faculty member.
- The activities of the nominee must contribute to diversity, equity, and/or inclusion in the information sciences, broadly defined, including but not limited to computer science and applied mathematics.
Examples of qualifying activities: community organizing; outreach; mentorship; allyship; activism; teaching; curriculum design; creation and implementation of new initiatives focused on diversity, equity, and/or inclusion.
EAS New Horizons Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award
The Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences seeks nominations to recognize and honor individuals within the EAS community who have actively contributed to EAS's goal to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive engineering community. The award is available to members of the EAS community, including current students, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and faculty. Nominations are accepted from anyone in the EAS community, EAS alumni and members of the Caltech community.