KNI Catalyst Awards

KNI Catalyst Award

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 is an extraordinary science and engineering institution that fosters world-changing discovery and innovation. In the spirit of the pursuit of growth, understanding and thoughtful expansion, the Kavli Nanoscience Institute has established the KNI Catalyst Awards to recognize and highlight researchers in the KNI community who demonstrate efforts to support and promote diversity, equity and inclusion at Caltech or within the broader scientific community.

The KNI Catalyst Award candidates are nominated by their peers or advisors. A formal review committee will select the successful recipients. The award comes with a $1,000 prize to support the honorees’ continued efforts.

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

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
  • Involvement in the KNI community, e.g. KNI lab user (active user within the past two years) or KNI-related programs
  • Demonstrate concrete plans or are actively involved in building a more equitable, inclusive or diverse environment on campus or in a STEM-related field (e.g. K-12, higher education, scientific organizations, private/for-profit institutions, etc.)

Submit your nominations HERE by Sunday, March 21, 2021.

The inaugural KNI Catalyst Award recipient(s) will be named later this Spring.

Questions? Contact Tiffany Kimoto at