College of Natural Sciences

The College of Natural Sciences’ central mission is to train and educate successful scientists, scholars, and responsible citizens. In the college, dedicated professors and strong research programs enable students to become vital participants in the scientific process while preparing to contribute actively and skillfully in a world where knowledge of science and technology has become the standard.

Math in Action in Computer Science

Students will see how some of the basic concepts in math such as (1) probability, (2) functions, (3) analyzing data in a data series (for estimating missing data and detecting outliers) can be applied to solve complex problems in Computer Science Students will see how what they learn is not something that is abstract, but rather something that would be valuable tool/foundation in their future.

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Education and Outreach Center

The College of Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center is an incubator for innovation in STEM education. The EOC serves both CSU and K-12 students and faculty through a wide variety of programs. A common thread that weaves through all EOC programs is increasing the quality, quantity, and diversity of students in STEM disciplines. Particular emphasis is on finding new ways to promote scientific creativity and innovation, attributes essential for global competitiveness in the 21st century. Many of the EOC programs focus on providing authentic scientific research experiences for both learners and teachers.

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Little Shop of Physics

Little Shop of Physic (LSOP) is a group of science educators and science students based out of Colorado State University. Their goal is to make science accessible and teach people that science is something anyone can do. Over the years, LSOP has grown into a dynamic science outreach program that works with teachers, schools, and students of all ages. The VW bus that started off the program 25 years ago is now a 12-passenger van that takes over 100 interactive exhibits to every school. Over 20, 000 students get the LSOP experience every year. The LSOP program offerings include: school visits, teacher resources, teacher workshops, as well as Everyday Science shows, podcasts, and classroom kits.

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Research to Understand the Effect of Chronic Wasting Disease on Mule Deer Populations

Colorado State University is conducting research on the mule deer population in the Laramie Foothills.  The study, sponsored by the United States National Science Foundation, seeks to improve our basic, scientific understanding of the dynamics of deer populations infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Researchers will work to understand how CWD influences population growth relative to other factors, such as predation and genetics.

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Math in Action in Computer Science

A summer camp was held for middle school group from Cortez, Colorado.  The succesful camp details may be found at http://macs.colostate.edu.  The summer camp will be held every summer for 5 years with the first camp held in summer 2013.  The camp is funded by Dr. Pallickara’s National Science Foundation funding.

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