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A CSU Forestry Researcher Provides College and Career Readiness to Area Highschoolers

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related fields have historically been and continue to be visibly homogenous (NCSES 2019). Academic and professional communities within natural resources, in particular, have primarily been the realm of socially dominant groups (Balcarczyk et al. 2015, Kern et al., 2015).  The Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) at Colorado State...

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Forming Broader Impacts Partnerships

Whether you are a researcher, research administrator, evaluator, or in a research development office, it is important to know how universities can effectively partner with entities outside of campus. In this post, we will discuss how to form partnerships for use in the broader impacts section of a National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal.  As mentioned...

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Building searchable community databases with WordPress

This panel discussed how to best use WordPress to create searchable databases that provide value to your institution and community and take your website from a brochure site to an interactive tool. Panelists discussed four different WordPress-powered databases created by the Colorado State University STEM Center and Colorado-Wyoming Alliance for Minority Participation, which allow students,...

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Free Agricultural Educational Resource Gets You Growing and Giving Back

Coloradoans across the state are being encouraged to participate in Colorado State University Extension’s gardening initiative Grow & Give, a modern victory garden project designed for people to grow vegetable gardens and plant extra to share with local food banks and community members in need. Victory gardens were planted on public and private land during...

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Ruoh-Nan Yan Awarded USDA Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Ruoh-Nan (Terry) Yan, Associate Professor in the department of Design and Merchandising, and her team for receiving a $466,052 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture for the Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program.  The grant impacts student awareness of and appreciation for the ways that small business can maintain fiber,...

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Intro to Evaluation: What is it?

Here at the CSU STEM Center, we have been successfully creating and carrying out evaluation plans for over a decade. Our new series, Intro to Evaluation, sheds some light on what we do as evaluators. Have you heard something about evaluation but don’t know what it is? Do you need to evaluate your program and...

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Create or Join a Citizen Science Project With CitSci.org

Do you have a burning scientific question that you want to help answer? Does your community have an issue that they want to explore? Are you a teacher and/or parent hoping to engage students in the world of scientific discovery?  CitSci.org, a free online platform that provides tools and resources for anyone interested in creating...

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Incorporating Broadening Participation Into Broader Impacts

(This is post 4 of 5 in the Broadening Participation and Broader Impacts Series) The terms broadening participation and broader impacts have been used extensively in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, especially within STEM funding solicitations and proposals. Although used interchangeably at times, these two terms have their own unique history and definitions....

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Centering Equity in STEM: 2020 Virtual Noyce Summit

Centering Equity to Humanize the Process of Coming Back Together I have the fortune of being a part of the CSU Robert Noyce Scholarship program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Noyce program encourages talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors to become teachers in high-needs school districts. Every year the...

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FFA Blue 365: Free Agricultural Educational Resource For Home and School

The youth organization, Future Farmers of America (FFA), prepares school-age children with leadership skills, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education has developed numerous middle and high-school level educational materials for teachers and parents.  The FFA Blue 365 lesson series is intended...

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