Girls in Engineering Grant Opportunity

Our Mission

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation believes that Girls in Engineering (GIE) programs can contribute significantly to the national need for increased female representation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Currently, only 20 percent of engineering undergraduates are women and women compose less than 10 percent of the engineering work force. Increasing women’s access to, and representation in, STEM fields is essential not only for the larger goal of creating social equality for men and women, but also for efforts to solve the most difficult technological challenges of our time.  When women are not involved in science and technology, experiences, insight, and needs that are unique to women are overlooked and innovation is limited.  Attracting and retaining more women in the STEM workforce maximizes creativity, competitiveness, and scientific advancement.  The explanation for the existing gender gap is multi-faceted. Experts contend that women face a series of gender-related barriers to entry and success in scientific careers that persists, despite recent advances. The vision of the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation’s GIE program is to address this gender gap by bringing more girls into the engineering pipeline at a young age. To this end, we seek to enhance and/or establish college and university supported GIE summer programming for middle school students. GIE programs bring together middle school girls from the college or university’s local community, especially those in underserved areas, to engage in hands-on learning in the STEM field. The goal of GIE programs is to broaden interest in engineering through engaging projects, exposure to STEM college and career pathways, and opportunities to meet engineers and university faculty and researchers.  By giving young women the structure and support needed to access and excel in engineering, GIE programs promote the ultimate goal of achieving gender equity in STEM fields.

What We Look For

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation would like to support colleges and universities that show a commitment to Girls in Engineering programs through institutional support and a dedicated plan for sustainability. We look for programs that incorporate the following components through existing (or proposed) guidelines:

Program requirements

  • Supported by a university or college’s School of Engineering, shown through submittal of an Internal Memorandum of Understanding from the School of Engineering and other institutional entities involved in the GIE program
  • Sustainability plan (see requirements below)
  • Dedicated program director
    • Will create and manage the curriculum
    • Proposal must include complete job description
  • Located on campus, in order to expose participants to the university environment
  • As much as possible, women TAs and program staff should be utilized
  • Offers hands-on approach to projects and activities and an inquiry-based instruction method
  • Exclusively for girls, with a comprehensive plan to recruit, support, and maintain students within the program
  • Actively recruits and is accessible to girls from underserved communities
  • Maintains strong partnerships with local middle schools and relevant community groups
  • Offers at least one week of continuous programming for each cohort of students
  • Offered at no cost to participating students; the majority of students should come from low-income backgrounds
  • Transportation to and from program site must be provided

Program Suggestions

Sustainability Plan: As this is a competitive, discretionary program of the Baskin Foundation, there is no guarantee of continuation of funding.  Applicants are required to include a plan describing their commitment and capacity to continue the program if funding through the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation were no longer available.

Internal Memorandum of Understanding: Each application must include an Internal Memorandum of Understanding, signed by the executive officers and/or directors of the School of Engineering and all participating partners within the institution(s).

The IMOU should:

  • Identify the departments, offices, or entities designated to receive and administer grant funds and to manage and coordinate program activities within the institution of higher education
  • Clearly state the roles and responsibilities each partner would assume to ensure the success of the proposed program
  • Describe the resources each partner would contribute to the project, either through time, in kind contributions, or other (e.g., office space, staff)

How To Apply

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation is currently accepting proposals for up to $25,000. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, first review our instructions on how to Apply for a Grant and then submit Organization Information Sheet. Unsolicited Letters of Inquiry will not be accepted.

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