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CSU Work-Based Learning Partners

Meet the CSU faculty and staff helping develop the future workforce by serving as partners with Poudre School District’s (PSD) Work-Based Learning program.

College of Agricultural Sciences
Jude Bayham

Jude Bayham

Assistant Professor, Agricultural & Resource Economics

The environment provides a wide range of goods and services from clean air and water to recreation opportunities. Economists call these “ecosystem services” and have devised many methods for estimating their value to society. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) global initiative has compiled a database of estimated ecosystem service values. While this database is helpful for researchers (and those who like to look at spreadsheets), it lacks the visual appeal of infographics that we have become accustomed to seeing on a daily basis. Interns will use Tableau to develop a visually appealing and interactive dashboard based on the TEEB database of ecosystem service values. The final product will be hosted on a website with the intention of informing a broad audience about the values provided by our natural environment.

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Catherine Stewart

Soil and Crop Sciences Affiliate, Research Soil Scientist, ARS, USDA

Student interns assist in a laboratory currently investigating sustainable production and climate change impacts and greenhouse gas mitigation strategies in forest, prairie, and agricultural soils. This provides an excellent opportunity to learn laboratory techniques and build a resume in preparation for a science career. Typical duties include prep of greenhouse gas, soil, and plant samples, grinding and weighing soil & plant samples; picking plant material out of soil samples; prep of chemicals and reagents for analyses; lab and glassware cleanup; data recording.

Philida Bill

Philida Bill

Executive Chef, Colorado State University Athletics

Culinary interns work during the Colorado State Rams football season during game day preparation, private events, and catering events. Interns work in a fast-paced culinary environment.

College of Natural Sciences
Anton Betten

Anton Betten

Associate Professor, Mathematics

Interns support the outreach program, “Math Day”, which is run each year in early November on the campus of Colorado State University. In the summer interns help revise and develop the problem database that underlies team competition. During Math Day, interns serve as support staff and help run the actual event.

Chaoping Chen

Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

My research team is interested in understanding the HIV-1 protease autoprocessing mechanism for novel therapeutic development. Our research involves many routine molecular biology practices such as preparation of liquid and agar culture media, transformation of E. coli with plasmid DNAs, isolation and purification of plasmids from E. coli, determination of plasmid DNA concentration by nanodrop, etc. Students shadow Ph.D. students and observe them performing these experiments. Students contribute to routine lab maintenance by filling tips, washing tubes, and making inventory labels.

Brian Jones

Brian Jones

Master Instructor and Director of Little Shop of Physics

Interns help fulfill the mission of the Little Shop of Physics which seeks to:

  • Find creative ways to share the wonder of science with people of all ages, backgrounds and interests.
  • Present a unique hands-on science experience to a diverse range of K-12 students.
  • Involve students in significant and meaningful service.
  • Share ideas and insights with current and future teachers.

Francisco Ortega

Francisco Ortega

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Angelo Izzo

Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

My laboratory develops protocols for testing novel Mycobacterium tuberculosis vaccine candidates in rodent low-dose aerosol experimental models. Mouse and the guinea pig models are used to dissect the immunological and pathological responses associated with vaccines, including investigations of innate immune response in the induction of protective immune responses to M. tuberculosis. My lab currently evaluates M. tuberculosis pathogenicity in inbred vs outbred guinea pig strains and evaluates the relationship of clinical parameters (i.e., body temperature, arterial blood gas) to disease progression. Interns work in a research laboratory setting to perform experiments that will assist in our understanding of biological interactions. Interns learn the basic requirements for performing highly rigorous research.

Brain Geiss

Brian Geiss

Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

My group is interested in the molecular virology and biochemistry of mosquito-borne Arboviruses. Arboviruses, including flaviviruses and alphaviruses, are the most prevalent mosquito-borne viral pathogens worldwide. We have a number of collaborative basic and translational research projects that involve flaviviruses (dengue, West Nile, and yellow fever) and alphaviruses (Sindbis, Chikungunya). High school seniors assist in a variety of these laboratory experiments.

Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Christopher Snow

Associate Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering

Our lab focuses on protein crystallography with special emphasis on computational protein design and biomolecular crystal growth. During the Snow Lab internship, students experience each aspect of protein crystallography. Interns are responsible for shadowing graduate student mentors, learning basic laboratory protocols (growing protein crystals, making buffers, etc.), reporting experimental results in a lab notebook, attending group meetings, and giving a final (informal) presentation to the Snow Lab. Through the internship, we hope the students will begin to feel more independent in the lab in planning and carrying out their own experiments by the end of the summer. We also hope to give students the opportunity to practice communicating science to other scientists and the community.

Pinar Omur-Ozbek

Pinar Omur-Ozbek

Teaching Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

My research interests include water quality, taste-and-odor issues with drinking water, indoor air quality (related to the use of contaminated drinking water), and the effect of water infrastructure on the flavor and safety of tap water. Student interns help with field sample collections from rivers and reservoirs, and laboratory work related to surface and drinking water quality.

Sudeep Pasricha

Sudeep Pasricha

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Warner College of Natural Resources
Seth Davis

Seth Davis

Assistant Professor, Forest & Rangeland Stewardship

Seth Davis offers underrepresented high school students the chance to experience a natural resources career by conducting hands-on forestry research. The Science and Diversity Internships in Ecology, or SADIE, was started in the summer of 2019 and pairs high school students with graduate student mentors for an average of 20 hours per week of research work. Read more about the internship HERE.

Want to Offer a Work-Based Learning Opportunity?

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Want to do more?

If you have a passion for education and engagement, the STEM Center at Colorado State University has also created a STEM Community Directory – a listing of CSU faculty & staff just as passionate about education and engagement as yourself. Please consider joining the STEM Community Directory, and use it to connect with others both on- and off-campus.