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Introducing the New STEM Center Website

Since its creation in 2011 the STEM Center at Colorado State University has served as a central hub of collaboration and connection in the STEM fields for campus members and the community. Although our original website served its purpose during the earlier stages of the Center we realized to best serve the needs of our...

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Prefiguring Sustainability through Participatory Action Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Reflections and Recommendations for Student Development

Abstract: PAR-based UREs are undergraduate research experiences (UREs)—built into university-community partnerships—that apply principles of participatory action research (PAR) towards addressing community-defined challenges. In this paper, we advance PAR-based UREs as an action-oriented framework through which higher education institutions can simultaneously enact and advance the United Nations sustainable development agenda, while cultivating student development. We draw upon...

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Linking Biophysical, Socioeconomic, and Political Effects of Climate Change on Agro-Ecosystems

Abstract: To meet the sustainability challenges of the future, we need leaders who are trained to work well in diverse, multidisciplinary teams and a populace that understands the biophysical and socioeconomic challenges facing humanity and how to meet the needs of its diverse stakeholders. With a goal of increasing climate literacy amongst college students, we...

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Who produces knowledge? Transforming undergraduate students’ views of science through participatory action research

Abstract: Undergraduate research experiences (UREs) that include interdisciplinary, engagement‐oriented, and collaborative experiences have the potential to benefit students in unique ways. Through these innovative experiences, students are able to see the social impact and importance of their work—a factor known to strengthen the academic and career persistence of students traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering,...

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Announcing 2018 Mechanical Engineering Summer Camps

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University is holding STEM-focused summer camps for middle and high school students on the campus of Colorado State University beginning in June. Mechanical Engineering camps will give students the opportunity to nurture and discover their interest in science, technology, engineering, and computing. Four camp options are available...

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NSF-IUSE team conducting online Q&A sessions

The IUSE solicitation has now been revised as Solicitation 17-590 (replaces 15-585). There are some important changes in 17-590, and in order to help people become better acquainted with the new solicitation, there are online monthly Q&A sessions.

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Toward Meaningful Interdisciplinary Education: High School Teachers’ Views of Mathematics and Science Integration

Abstract: Numerous national initiatives call for interdisciplinary mathematics and science education, but few empirical studies have examined practical considerations for integrated instruction in high school settings. The purpose of this qualitative study was twofold. First, the study sought to describe how and to what extent teachers integrate mathematics and science curricula in their classrooms after...

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Student Perceptions of Interest, Learning, and Engagement from an Informal Traveling Science Museum

Abstract: Informal Science Education (ISE) programs have been increasing in popularity in recent years. The National Research Council has laid out six strands that ISE programs should try to address, including increasing interest, knowledge, and allowing participants to engage in scientific activities. Past research suggests that informal settings can increase interest in science and may...

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2014-2015 Report

This report provides details about the CSU STEM Center’s activities for the period of October 2013 to September 2015. Since the founding of the Center in 2011, Center staff has been highly productive in achieving the three goals laid out by the original subcommittee.

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Participatory Action Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Abstract: We present a new conceptual model situating research experiences for undergraduates within a context of participatory action research. The purpose of the theoretically grounded Participatory Action Research Experiences for Undergraduates (PAREU) model is to act as a second year addition to traditional, lab-based research experiences where undergraduate science students, social science experts, and community...

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