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Ambassador Program for Engineering Outreach To Continue

April 6, 2017
Outreach ambassador flyer
Outreach ambassador applications are due April 18.

After a highly successful debut, the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Wyoming plans to utilize student ambassadors for K-14 outreach efforts for 2017-18.

The program, instituted in 2016 by CEAS K-14 Outreach Coordinator Teddi Hofmann, featured five outreach ambassadors: Tim McMaster, a graduate student studying mechanical engineering; senior Holly Ramseier (chemical engineering); sophomore Annaliese Fitzsimmons (civil engineering); senior Katie Johnson (chemical engineering); and sophomore Moriah Miller (computer science.)

The scholarship program will be supported for the coming academic year, thanks to funding approved by CEAS Dean Michael Pishko.

The five individuals received a scholarship of $1,000 and were required to put in 30 hours of outreach per semester and 60 over the course of the academic year. Their duties were diverse, including visiting classrooms throughout the state, hosting student groups on campus and helping with competitions hosted by UW, including MathCounts, TEAMS and Engineers Week.

“This program was put into place to honor the work these students do and reward them,” Hofmann says. “Having a dedicated cohort strengthens the sense of community and team. From sophomores to graduate students, these individuals have a unique opportunity to collaborate and apply content they learn at UW to K-12 classrooms.”

According to estimates, the efforts of Hofmann and the ambassadors have reached about 3,500 Wyoming students so far, with a goal of reaching 4,185 by the end of the school year.

“The Outreach Ambassador program makes Wyoming youth excited about going to college one day,” Miller says. “These types of outreach events are what made me become an engineer. Being a woman in the STEM field is difficult, but each and every interaction I had growing up formed the determined person I am today. I was taught that math and science is fun, and it is OK to be good at these things. It was very exciting to see my university participating in the efforts I enjoyed growing up, and I felt compelled to try and give back to local students. I loved the idea that I could inspire youth to go into the STEM fields based on my interactions with them, and now that I have done it for a while, I feel very satisfied with my work.”

Call for Outreach Ambassadors
The CEAS is seeking new ambassadors for the 2017-18 academic year. Applications are due April 18, and those interested can download the flyer here.

Responsibilities include:
•    Engagement in hands-on engineering activities with K-12 students.
•    Travel to outreach locations across the state.
•    Commitment to 30 hours of outreach per semester.
•    Attendance at monthly Ambassador meetings.

To apply, submit a resume and one-page essay to Hofmann ( Essay should include:
•    Why you are interested in becoming an Outreach Ambassador.
•    What skills will you bring to the Ambassador team.
•    Details about your academic background.

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