Call for Proposals: The Disruptor Blog

Submit your work to author a post for the 2024 blog series. The deadline for submissions is December 11, 2023, at 11:59pm PT.

The AAAS-IUSE Disruptor blog is dedicated to exploring strategies that empower faculty, administrators, and other stakeholders to create systemic change that improves diversity, equity, and inclusion at institutions of higher education and supports students from underrepresented and underserved communities to participate and succeed in STEM. Posts reviewing research or case studies focusing on strategies that improve equity within STEM education are of interest.

Blog Theme & Topics

2024 Blog Theme: (DEIA + STEM) x Innovation

Focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is essential to the National Science Foundation’s goal of educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields. In this blog series, AAAS-IUSE will elevate evidence-based research, best practices, and project examples that show how DEIA-focused efforts in undergraduate STEM education are addressing local, state, and global challenges, and strengthening the STEM enterprise.


DEIA-focused efforts in undergraduate STEM education allow us to address challenges at these levels of the STEM ecosystem:

  • In the classroom and at undergraduate institutions.

  • In our local communities.

  • Nationwide or globally.

  • Throughout the STEM enterprise.

Authors should focus on the implications of their work and how readers in the academic community can benefit from and/or take meaningful action based on the content of your blog post.  


Word Count: If your submission is selected, the maximum word count of your finalized blog post is 1600.

Selected authors are encouraged to develop resources that further illustrate the information in their blog post such as graphs, charts, infographics, embedded videos, references, and links to additional resources for further reading and analysis.

Who Can Submit a Proposal?

  • IUSE program PIs & Co-PIs,
  • Educators, researchers, evaluators, and representatives of academic institutions,
  • Representatives from non-profits, STEM centers, STEM discipline societies, funders, or government entities with a focus on undergraduate STEM education,
  • Experts in the field of undergraduate STEM education with a special invitation to those from Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions (ANNHs), Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).
  • Authors are welcome to have undergraduate and/or graduate students co-author posts.

Evaluation Criteria

Authors will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Relevancy to the overall blog theme and at least one topic listed in the description above,
  • Relevancy to an audience of IUSE principal investigators, higher education stakeholders, and the larger undergraduate STEM education community,
  • Compelling title, subtitle, and description of the subject you plan to cover,
  • Content advances and pushes the field beyond the status quo, introduces compelling evidence, clearly describes implications and practical steps readers can take, and does not shy away from uncomfortable conversation or stop short of audience empowerment

Submission Guidelines

Please be prepared to submit the following:

  • Personal information such as name, affiliation, email address, discipline, and demographic information
  • IUSE award recipient status, category of award, project role, and additional project personnel
  • Tentative blog post title and subtitle
  • A short description of your idea for a blog post (up to 300 words)
  • How does your proposal relate to the blog theme? (up to 250 words)
  • Highlight the implications your blog post can have on the STEM education community OR the outcomes that will be shared.
  • Optional: A draft outline of your blog post
  • Would you like to include any links to your research, program, bio pages, or resources that are relevant to your topic?


Please contact the AAAS-IUSE team at


Please submit your proposal via the link below by December 11, 2023, at 11:59pm PT.
You can expect to hear back from AAAS-IUSE by March 4, 2024.