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STEM Center's Current & Past Projects

Current Projects

Rocky Mountain Summer Research Education Experience

The Rocky Mountain Summer Research Education Experience (RMSREE) Program will fill a critical need to increase the STEM knowledge and understanding of Denver area high school teachers, enhancing the STEM content in the K-12 educational agencies in which they teach and ultimately resulting in increased participation and better training of the biomedical sciences research workforce.…

Award Amount: $107,999

PI: Scott Reed

Start Date: 08/01/2020

End Date: 04/30/2025

Source of Funding: NIH

Cultivating Applied Technology Competencies among Diverse Undergraduate Populations: Development and Assessment of Course Materials and Teaching Strategies

The goal of this project is to increase students’ knowledge of how small business is critical to the US fiber, fabric, and related products (FFRP) industry’s global competitiveness. Approximately one-half of all FFRP manufacturing firms in the US are small businesses. It is therefore very likely that graduates with degrees in this area will go…

Award Amount: $466,052

PI: Nancy Hodges

College/Institution: College of Health and Human Sciences

Start Date: 04/01/2020

End Date: 03/31/2023

Source of Funding: USDA

DCL: GOLD-EN EAGER: Cultivating Socially Responsible Atmospheric Scientists through Education, Leadership, and Action (CURATE)

A challenge of note in STEM is that diversity, equity and inclusion is often siloed from many aspects of the scientific process and portions of the atmospheric science scientific community. New approaches and entry points at higher levels of engagement are needed to foster a diverse community of researchers, scholars, and practitioners in the geosciences.…

Award Amount: $150,892.00

PI: Melissa Burt

College/Institution: Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Start Date: 12/01/2020

End Date: 11/30/2022

Source of Funding: NSF

RAPID: Collaborative Research: Increased access to infrastructure for distance education in hydrologic science

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a sudden shift to online teaching for most universities in the United States, and many globally. With little time to prepare, water resource and hydrology professors and lecturers must generate online content rapidly for at least the spring and summer semesters of 2020, with an increasing possibility this format will…

Award Amount: $20,552.00

PI: Matthew Ross

College/Institution: Warner College of Natural Resources

Start Date: 05/15/2020

End Date: 04/30/2021

Source of Funding: NSF

Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Earth System Science at Colorado State University

Fifty undergraduate students (10 per year for five years) will be recruited to participate in a 10-week summer residential research experience in Atmospheric Science Department at Colorado State University. The vision is that graduate students in Earth System Science will reflect the diversity of life experiences and demographic characteristics of the US population. The intended…

Award Amount: $675,000.00

PI: Melissa Burt

College/Institution: Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Start Date: 04/01/2021

End Date: 03/31/2025

Source of Funding: NSF

Enhancing Recruitment and Retention of Undergraduate Mathematics and Computer Science Scholars

This project will contribute to the national need for well-educated scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technicians by supporting the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need. The project will be led by Kutztown University, a mid-sized, regional, comprehensive public university in rural Pennsylvania. Over its five-year duration, the project will fund scholarships…

Award Amount: $999,758.00

PI: Brian Kronenthal

Start Date: 09/15/2020

End Date: 08/31/2025

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

PI: Meena Balgopal

College/Institution: College of Natural Sciences

Start Date: 10/01/2020

End Date: 09/30/2025

Source of Funding: NSF

Collaborative Research: Promoting Geoscience Research, Education, Success, and Equity Through Mentoring

This project aims to serve the national interest by improving undergraduate geosciences education. It will do so by scaling up a successful mentoring program in the geosciences. Many of the most urgent challenges facing society are rooted in the geosciences, including issues related to energy, air quality, climate, water availability, food security, and natural disasters.…

Award Amount: $1,231,725.00

PI: Emily Fischer

College/Institution: Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Start Date: 10/01/2020

End Date: 09/30/2025

Source of Funding: NSF

CAREER: From the forest to the stream: Exploring forest land cover controls on dissolved organic matter character and aquatic ecosystem respiration in headwater streams

This project will determine the role of forest harvesting, and specifically clear cutting, in controlling carbon cycling and stream respiration in headwater streams. The results from this project will be used to develop predictive models that guide future research and inform management of forested headwater systems. This project answers the call to “focus on better…

Award Amount: $423,487.00

PI: Tim Covino

College/Institution: Warner College of Natural Resources

Start Date: 05/01/2020

End Date: 04/30/2025

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

PI: Timothy Stasevich

College/Institution: College of Natural Sciences

Start Date: 07/01/2019

End Date: 06/30/2024

Source of Funding: NSF

Predoctoral Training in Quantitative Cell and Molecular Biology

The Quantitative Cell and Molecular Biology (qCMB) Training Program will provide comprehensive and flexible training in quantitative approaches in order to facilitate transdisciplinary and collaborative research in the broad field of Cell & Molecular Biology. The Program will produce outstanding graduates with the skills to meet the computational and professional demands of modern life science…

Award Amount: $159,031

PI: Carol Wilusz

College/Institution: College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Start Date: 07/01/2019

End Date: 06/20/2024

Source of Funding: NIH

Developing the Environmental Literacy Concept Inventory

Living things, from bacteria to humans, are all affected by their environment, and changes in this environment can have unexpected consequences, both positive and negative. Faculty report having difficulty teaching how environmental changes can affect living things, often because students do not understand how such changes intersect with their own lives. Education about interactions between…

Award Amount: $299,955

PI: Emily Holt

Start Date: 10/01/2018

End Date: 09/30/2021

Source of Funding: NSF

Math Skills and Affective Domain Interventions to Improve Success for Female Students in Geoscience Classes

Women continue to be underrepresented in the geosciences at the undergraduate level and in the workforce. Yet, there has been limited research to identify barriers that decrease persistence of women in geoscience fields. This project will examine whether or not math is a barrier to female student persistence and success in geosciences. Results of this…

Award Amount: $287,226

PI: Julie Sexton

Start Date: 10/01/2018

End Date: 09/30/2021

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 such “warfare” between genes in the nuclear DNA and genes in the separate plastid (chloroplast)…

Award Amount: $675,926

PI: Daniel Sloan

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 consequences of genome doubling in recent years, many fundamental questions remain regarding how genome duplication…

Award Amount: $1,248,140

PI: Daniel Sloan

College/Institution: College of Natural Sciences

Start Date: 08/01/2018

End Date: 07/31/2021

Source of Funding: NSF

ADVANCE Partnership: From the Classroom to the Field: Improving the Workplace in the Geosciences

This project addresses the need for safe and productive STEM education and research workplaces for each and every person studying and working in STEM. The project will likely result in systemic change in the geosciences and may become a model for other STEM disciplines. The focus is on the geosciences because it includes field work…

Award Amount: $741,804

PI: Erika Marin-Spiotta

Start Date: 08/01/2017

End Date: 07/31/2021

Source of Funding: NSF

Improving Reproducibility of Recording and Pre-Processing Experimental Biomedical Data

The CSU STEM Center serves as the evaluators for this project.

Award Amount: $261,209

PI: Georgiana Brooke Anderson

College/Institution: College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Start Date: 04/01/2019

End Date: 03/31/2022

Source of Funding: NIH

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 we create and use novel materials. One could predict, and then create, an atomistic structure…

Award Amount: $588,519

PI: Jamie Neilson

College/Institution: College of Natural Sciences

Start Date: 07/01/2017

End Date: 06/30/2022

Source of Funding: NSF

Past Projects

The Challenge of Interdisciplinary Education: Math-Bio

Award Amount: $2,205,400

Source of Funding: NSF

Start Date: 09/15/2010

End Date: 08/31/2015

Center for Multi-scale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes

Award Amount: $37,505,835

Source of Funding: NSF

Start Date: 07/01/2006

End Date: 06/30/2017

Professional Development Workshop for NSF Postdoctoral Researchers

Award Amount: $21,644

Source of Funding: NSF

Start Date: 09/01/2015

End Date: 12/31/2016

IRES Track II: Advanced Study Institute: Field Studies of Convection in Argentina

Award Amount: $154,378

Source of Funding: NSF

Start Date: 08/01/2018

End Date: 07/31/2019

The Value of Computational Thinking Across Grade Levels

Award Amount: $2,105,009

Start Date: 07/01/2010

End Date: 09/30/2015

Mathematical and Computational Methods for Planning a Sustainable Future II

Award Amount: $1,469,396

Source of Funding: NSF

Start Date: 07/15/2015

End Date: 06/30/2019

University of Utah Math for America (MfA) Master Teacher Program Evaluation

Award Amount: $15,000

Start Date: 10/31/2013

End Date: 12/31/2014

REU Site: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Climate Science at Colorado State University

Award Amount: $595,766

Source of Funding: NSF

Start Date: 04/01/2015

End Date: 03/31/2020

Wings Aerospace Science Program

Award Amount: $8,100

Start Date: 10/01/2013

End Date: 06/30/2014

Revolutionizing Roles to Reimagine Integrated Systems of Engineering Formation

Award Amount: $1,988,663

Source of Funding: NSF

Start Date: 01/01/2015

End Date: 06/30/2020

CSU Noyce Phase II: Empowering Scholars and STEM Teachers

Award Amount: $799,487

Source of Funding: NSF

Start Date: 01/01/2016

End Date: 12/31/2020

Implementing Intensive Writing in Civil and Enviornmental Engingeering

Award Amount: $21,400

Source of Funding: CSU

Start Date: 08/01/2016

End Date: 07/31/2017

Preparing the Next Generation of Cross Disciplinary Trained STEM Teachers

Award Amount: $592,634

Source of Funding: NSF

Start Date: 09/01/2015

End Date: 08/31/2018

Endocannabinoid Regulation of Bone Metabolism in Hibernating Marmots

Award Amount: $455,151

Source of Funding: NSF

Start Date: 03/01/2016

End Date: 08/31/2018