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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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Intro to Evaluation: What is it?

Here at the CSU STEM Center, we have been successfully creating and carrying out evaluation plans for over a decade. Our new series, Intro to Evaluation, sheds some light on what we do as evaluators. Have you heard something about evaluation but don’t know what it is? Do you need to evaluate your program and...

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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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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, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors to become teachers in high-needs school districts. Every year the...

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FFA Blue 365: Free Agricultural Educational Resource For Home and School

The youth organization, Future Farmers of America (FFA), prepares school-age children with leadership skills, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education has developed numerous middle and high-school level educational materials for teachers and parents.  The FFA Blue 365 lesson series is intended...

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Spur Links to Free Online Education Resources

In response to the increased need to stay and learn at home, the CSU System has compiled some of their favorite fun and free educational resources from CSU and partners. With over 75 resources, organized around the topics of food, water, and health as well as other CSU partners and organizations, there are opportunities for...

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Exploring the long-term academic and career impacts of undergraduate research in geoscience: A case study

Abstract: Undergraduate research experiences (UREs) have been shown to facilitate students’ pursuit of graduate studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, including geoscience. Less is known about why or how UREs have a lasting impact on participants, particularly through graduate school and into careers. Furthermore, few studies have captured the views...

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Broadening Participation Best Practices

(This is post 3 of 5 in the Broadening Participation and Broader Impacts Series) The terms broadening participation and broader impacts has 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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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 National Science Foundation (NSF) on a current NSF grant aimed at preparing science and math...

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