Welcome to Mentor-Connect’s Resource Library. The purpose of this library is to provide a comprehensive, interactive collection of resources that can be utilized by STEM faculty, administrators, grant writers, mentors, mentees, etc. to further serve the goal of Mentor-Connect to advance technician education and leadership development by supporting potential, current, and former grantees of the NSF ATE program.

The library contains print resources, webinars, and links to other helpful sites. Users will find the most current grant proposal guides and updates from the NSF, webinars conducted by Mentor-Connect for all aspects of grant writing, sample documents provided by former and current grantees, and a large supply of informational articles.

These resources are provided free of charge for non-commercial purposes only. Each resource contains a record with its sharing permissions. The resources that are in the public domain may be used without restriction. The resources marked “Attribution—Non-commercial—Share Alike” may be used non-commercially as they are or changed by the user, as long as the user credits the author and licenses new creations under the identical terms. Resources marked “Unknown” were provided to Mentor-Connect without an existing fair use statement. Please contact these providers whenever possible to determine permissions.

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View Resource Automated Proposal Compliance Checks for Proposals Submitted via FastLane

This four-page document is the updated NSF compliance checklist for all types of NSF proposals submitted via FastLane. It includes proposal section checks, page number checks, budget checks, and other checks. Especially useful is the labeling of compliance problems with the terms "error," which result in a hard stop of the proposal, or "warning," which still allow for submission. Additional...

View Resource Minority Serving Institutions as Engines of Upward Mobility

This report may be useful to competitive proposal writing efforts, as it contains excellent data to support investments in two-year college HSIs!  The report provides supporting data and rationale for the need to increase economic mobility in underrepresented groups and how Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) play an integral role.   HSIs are one type of MSI, and 2-year HSIs are responsible for...

View Resource Maricopa Community Colleges District: Example Webpage for Basic Needs and Community Resources

    This resource links to a webpage created by the Maricopa County Community Colleges District (MCCCD) that provides students with campus and community services to aid in meeting basic life needs.  Other institutions of higher education may find this example useful when creating a local solution. Addressing basic needs issues boosts academic performance, helping the institution and its...

View Resource Hope Center: Nationwide Basic Needs Research, Projects, and Resources

    The #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs insecurity among college students.  The survey is administered through the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice by Sara Goldrick-Rab, founding Director of and Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University.  Supporting students’ basic needs has many benefits...

View Resource HSI KickStarter

  KickStarter is an NSF sponsored technical assistance program that prepares community-college Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) to compete successfully for federal funds intended for student recruitment, retention, transfer, and completion in STEM fields. KickStarter provides HSIs with a blueprint to build and sustain a strong STEM foundation, augmented with innovations in STEM education. ...