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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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2019 NSF IUSE Program Proposal Webinar Series

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will offer two 90-minute webinars about preparing proposals for the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program (solicitation NSF 19-601), one on November...

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Students Test Ecology Concepts With NEON Data

It’s one thing to read about ecological concepts in a textbook. It’s another to see them revealed by real-world data. Students in Paul Venturelli’s class at Ball State University recently explored key ecological concepts using data from the National Ecological...

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Current Projects

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

PI: Stasevich, Timothy

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

PI: Sloan, Daniel

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

PI: Sloan, Daniel

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

PI: Neilson, Jamie

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

PI: Balgopal, Meena

College/Institution: College of Natural Sciences

Start Date: 01/01/2016

End Date: 12/31/2020

Source of Funding: NSF