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The College of Natural Sciences’ central mission is to train and educate successful scientists, scholars, and responsible citizens. In the college, dedicated professors and strong research programs enable students to become vital participants in the scientific process while preparing to contribute actively and skillfully in a world where knowledge of science and technology has become the standard.

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Recent News & Resources

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I will survive: Teachers reflect on motivations to remain in education amidst a global pandemic

Abstract: As the pandemic began to disrupt school systems in March 2020, teachers were expected to quickly modify their instructional approaches. We recruited science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers who were recipients of National Science Foundation scholarships based on their...

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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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Upcoming STEM Events & Activities

Jun
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CSU summer experiences for kindergarten through high school students include credit-bearing, academic, and sport programs. Teachers may explore sustainable teaching and the benefits of movement in the classroom. These programs are offered by many CSU departments and organizations hosting events on the Fort Collins campus. Summer programs for kindergarten through pre-college students and P-12 teachers...

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Current Projects

CAREER: Molecular Assemblies of Multidomain Signaling Protein on Membrane Surface

Abstract: Many proteins that carry out critical life processes are modular in structure, i.e., composed of multiple independent domains, and the intra- and intermolecular interactions among these domains determines function. Often, changes in these structural organization that leads to activation occurs at the cellular membrane, which remains experimentally inaccessible. This project will develop a technology…

Award Amount: $786,920

College/Institution: College of Natural Sciences

Start Date: 01/01/2023

End Date: 12/31/2027

Source of Funding: NSF

CAREER: The Spatiotemporal Dynamics of the C. Elegans Intestinal Gene Regulatory Network

Abstract: Gene regulatory networks direct development, cell identity, and homeostasis. How some gene regulatory networks change from directing organ development in embryonic stages to supporting organ functions in juvenile and adult stages has not been sufficiently explored. Furthermore, the microbiome’s influence on the biology of organ systems is just beginning to be appreciated. This project…

Award Amount: $542,888.00

College/Institution: College of Natural Sciences

Start Date: 03/01/2022

End Date: 02/28/2027

Source of Funding: NSF

CAREER: The role of seasonal migration in avian diversification

Abstract: The goal of this project is to explore the role of natural selection on the wintering grounds of seasonal migratory birds in maintaining or opposing adaptive divergence. The project takes advantage of the wealth of information available for one of the most widely studied groups of animals. Additionally, the work will provide important information…

Award Amount: 1114243

College/Institution: College of Natural Sciences

Start Date: 07/01/2020

End Date: 06/30/2025

Source of Funding: NSF

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 80% of school districts in Colorado serve rural communities and have trouble recruiting and retaining…

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 tested by direct visualization, to better understand and ultimately control protein synthesis in both natural…

Award Amount: 131,568

College/Institution: College of Natural Sciences

Start Date: 07/01/2019

End Date: 06/30/2024

Source of Funding: NSF