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Developing STEM Education, Outreach, and Engagement Activities

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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Evaluating NSF Broader Impacts Activities

As mentioned in our first post in the Broadening Participation and Broader Impacts blog series, entitled “A History of Broader Impacts Criterion Within the National Science Foundation”, we detailed the creation of an explicit broader impacts criterion in the merit review process of the National Science Foundation (NSF) proposals. In the 2021 Proposal & Award...

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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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Join the CSU STEM Community Directory

The STEM Center at Colorado State University is pleased to announce their launch of a STEM Community Directory. Colorado State University has a large and thriving STEM education and engagement community. This is demonstrated by the numerous programs, initiatives, and events offered both on- and off-campus throughout the year. As a way to connect these...

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Need Help On the NSF CAREER Educational Component?

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently held a Fall 2020 Virtual Grants Conference. The virtual conference was designed to give new faculty, researchers and administrators key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF. Program officers from NSF provided current information about specific funding opportunities and answered attendee questions.  Of the sixteen presentations...

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Evaluating Broadening Participation in Broader Impacts Activities

(This is post 5 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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Apply to the CSU Sustainability Fund

The CSU Sustainability Fund, sponsored by the President’s Sustainability Commission, was created to support sustainability efforts across Colorado State University. This year the fund is supporting single project proposals up to $10,000. One of the suggested topics for proposals include sustainability-related education and outreach efforts. Proposals received by November 18th, 2020 will be prioritized.  Proposal...

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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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