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.

Next Generation Photovoltaics Center

The Next Generation Photovoltaics Center, an NSF I/UCRC with sites at Colorado State and the University of Texas at Austin, promotes visibility and understanding of photovoltaic solar energy through hands-on outreach at public schools, summer programs for high-school students, and short courses for science and engineering university students. It also hosts undergraduates and teachers through the NSF REU and RET programs.



MathDay is an annual event for High Schoolers in the Northern Colorado region. The students participate in various competitions and have a chance to earn prices, such as Laptops and CSU scholarship grants. The students take part first in a written exam and later in a College Bowl tournament, where teams from the different High Schools compete against each other.
MathDay has been around for over 35 years and attracts quite a number of students each year.


The Role of Culture in Women’s and Men’s Interest, Persistence, and Success in Science and Engineering

We conduct NSF-funded research on women’s and men’s perceptions and experiences of supports and barriers to science and engineering (SE) education and careers in the U.S. and internationally, with attention also to first-generation-in-college status as well as ethnicity in interest, persistence and success in SE.


Perils and Promise in Self-Regulated Learning

The importance of making valid subjective judgments is underscored by the fact that people act on their subjective experiences. A student, for example, decides when to terminate studying for an exam based on their assessment that the material has been mastered. The degree to which such self-regulated learning is beneficial, however, depends on the accuracy of those subjective assessments that preceded them. This relationship between monitoring one’s cognitive processes and using such information to self-regulate learning has been of central interest in my research program concerned with metacognition. Accordingly, our work focuses on those factors that hinder or enhance the accuracy of subjective judgments of the efficacy of learning and influence control over learning.


Feasibility of a Social Network Preventive Intervention

This study involves the development and initial assessment of a social-network intervention designed to promote school engagement and friendship development with pro-social peers among youths at risk for school disengagement.