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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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Spur Links to Free Online Education Resources

In response to the increased need to stay and learn at home, the CSU System has compiled some of their favorite fun and free educational resources from CSU and partners. With over 75 resources, organized around the topics of food, water, and health as well as other CSU partners and organizations, there are opportunities for...

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Exploring the long-term academic and career impacts of undergraduate research in geoscience: A case study

Abstract: Undergraduate research experiences (UREs) have been shown to facilitate students’ pursuit of graduate studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, including geoscience. Less is known about why or how UREs have a lasting impact on participants, particularly through graduate school and into careers. Furthermore, few studies have captured the views...

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Broadening Participation Best Practices

(This is post 3 of 5 in the Broadening Participation and Broader Impacts Series) The terms broadening participation and broader impacts has 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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