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.

NoCo Math Oval (Northern Colorado Math Oval)

The NoCo Math Oval is a math circle that meets once every 3-4 weeks during the academic year. It is primarily aimed at middle school and high school students, though math enthusiasts of all ages are welcome. Meetings are 1.5-2 hours in length and cover some combination of fun advanced
(non-curricular) math topics, hands-on activities, competition preparation, and recreational math, depending on the interests of the presenter (typically a graduate student or faculty member from the Math Department). This is a free program — just check the website for upcoming meeting dates.


Learning the Scientific Method with Animal Behavior Experiments

Elementary school students learn about the basic ideas underlying the scientific method through doing experiments that deal with fundamental concepts in animal behavior. We focus on concepts such as observational versus experimental science, how natural observations lead to more directed questions, how to form hypotheses and design experiments to test them, and how to collect quantitative data, analyze and interpret them.


Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

The Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) is designed to encourage high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). REAP students participate in hands-on research and development activities in an active research group at CSU for the summer. REAP is administered by the Academy of Applied Science and funded through grants from the US Army. As of 2013, students must be from a group that is historically underserved or underrepresented in STEM to be eligible for REAP. This includes: African American, Native Alaskan, American Indian, Latino, women in physics and engineering, and any students (any ethnicity or gender) who qualify for free or reduced lunches. For more information about the program, visit the REAP web site:


Concepts in Color

The Concepts in Color program is a collaboration between Shipman, Thompson and  Milliken Elementary (ME) 5th-grade teachers Alan Plaisance, Sam Schleiger, Corina Strickland, and Jason Aldridge, as well as Roosevelt High School teacher Brian Wells and his students. The project goals are


Institutional Allowance for 5367750 Fellowship for Daniel Krzizike

This is a supplement to provide training opportunities for a graduate student with a documented disability.