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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,...

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New CSU study looks at how teachers are adapting to COVID-19 disruptions

Laura Sample McMeeking, Director of the STEM Center, is part of a team of researchers, led by Meena Balgopal (Associate Professor, Biology) to study how novice STEM teachers are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. Additional support was provided by the...

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A History of Broadening Participation Within the National Science Foundation

This is post 1 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....

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Current Projects

Supporting Teacher Scholars through Education and Professional Development in Place-Based Education

This project aims to serve the national need for high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers. Specifically, this project is designed to increase the number of highly effective STEM teachers in high-need K-12 school districts in Colorado. At least…

Award Amount: $732,201.00

College/Institution: College of Natural Sciences

Start Date: 10/01/2020

End Date: 09/30/2025

Source of Funding: NSF

CAREER: Multicolor imaging of single mRNA translational heterogeneity in living cells

The goal of this project is to understand how translation of mRNA to protein is orchestrated at the single molecule level in living cells. Through the creation of open-source tools for fluorescence microscopy, long-standing models of gene regulation will be…

Award Amount: 131,568

College/Institution: College of Natural Sciences

Start Date: 07/01/2019

End Date: 06/30/2024

Source of Funding: NSF

Conflict and Coevolution in a Plastid-Nuclear Enzyme Complex

Although genes within living organisms generally interact in mutually beneficial ways, opportunities also exist for “selfish” conflict between genes, when some genes direct their own survival, possibly to the exclusion of other genes. This project will investigate the possibility that…

Award Amount: $675,926

College/Institution: College of Natural Sciences

Start Date: 07/15/2017

End Date: 06/30/2021

Source of Funding: NSF

The Cytonuclear Dimension of Allopolyploidy

One of the key realizations of the genomics era is that all plants, including our major crop plants, have histories of genome duplication in which the DNA content inside cells is doubled (polyploidy). Although much has been learned about the…

Award Amount: $1,248,140

College/Institution: College of Natural Sciences

Start Date: 08/01/2018

End Date: 07/31/2021

Source of Funding: NSF

CAREER: Towards a paradigm of molecular-level control of solid-state chemistry

This project will pursue innovative approaches to design and synthesize new materials; the discovery of inorganic solids with novel properties can bring solutions to various societal challenges. A paradigm of materials design would serve to transform the way in which…

Award Amount: $588,519

College/Institution: College of Natural Sciences

Start Date: 07/01/2017

End Date: 06/30/2022

Source of Funding: NSF

CSU Noyce Phase II: Empowering Scholars and STEM Teachers

There is an established need for well-qualified teachers in high-need school districts, which are often located in rural or urban communities, and those with significant populations of English language learners. Over the five-year duration of the project, the Colorado State…

Award Amount: $799,487

College/Institution: College of Natural Sciences

Start Date: 01/01/2016

End Date: 12/31/2020

Source of Funding: NSF