KNI Catalyst Awards

KNI Catalyst Award

The call for nominations for the 2023 KNI Catalyst Award is NOW OPEN! Complete the Google form to nominate your colleagues (or self-nominate).

The Kavli Nanoscience Institute respects the individuals who compose our scientific community. We understand that diversity strengthens teams' abilities to solve complex challenges, and we seek to promote an environment of inclusivity where all persons are welcome and ideas are challenged with equal regard.

Caltech's extraordinary community of scientists and engineers spearhead breakthrough discoveries and innovation. In the spirit of the pursuit of growth, understanding and thoughtful expansion, the Kavli Nanoscience Institute established the KNI Catalyst Awards to recognize and highlight individual contributors or small teams who are change agents, community leaders, and/or allies for the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility efforts on campus or in STEM fields.

KNI Catalyst Award candidates are nominated by their peers or advisors. Submissions will be reviewed by a formal committee. Nominees from the previous year will carry over to the review pool for the current period. The award comes with a $1,000 shared prize to support the honoree's continued efforts.

Examples of qualifying topics: equality (racial, gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic, etc.); mental/physical health and well being; accessibility/inclusion.

Examples of qualifying activities: community organizing, outreach, mentorship, allyship, teaching, outreach, creating and implementing DEI initiatives.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Hold an active appointment/status as one of the following at Caltech or JPL: undergraduate student, graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, research staff, or faculty member; recent graduates (within one year) are eligible
  • Involvement in the KNI community, e.g. KNI lab user (active user within the past two years) or KNI-related programs
  • Demonstrate active involvement or concrete plans for building a more equitable, inclusive and/or diverse environment on campus or in a STEM-related field (e.g. K-12, higher education, scientific organizations, private/for-profit institutions, etc.)

KNI Catalyst Awardees:

2022: Rebecca Gallivan

2021: Haley Bauser and Daniel Mukasa