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Broader Impacts

Broader Impacts (BI) projects include communicating intellectual merit and engaging community in our work. These programs are core to Wyoming EPSCoR's efforts to increase diversity in the sciences and expand research efforts statewide. Much of this work is done through Education, Outreach and Diversity.

EPSCoR's Summer Research Apprentice Program (SRAP) will begin accepting applications for Summer 2017 in January. SRAP is a six-week, residential program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to live and conduct research at the University of Wyoming. Minorities and first-generation college-bound students are especially encouraged to apply. 

Follow our Broader Impacts effort on Social Media through the Wyoming EPSCoR Blog!

Educators in the Field

Education Activities:

SRAP Summer Research Apprentice Program: A six-week, residential program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to live and conduct research at the University of Wyoming. Minorities and first-generation college-bound students are especially encouraged to apply.

Community College Research Program: Wyoming EPSCoR provides funds to community college faculty for summer research projects in STEM fields that encourage student research. Currently not accepting applications.

Undergraduate Research Day:  A day in the spring semester where undergraduates and community college students come together on the University of Wyoming campus to present and share their research. April 29, 2017.

Communicating Science, Internships for Journalism Students: Wyoming EPSCoR employs a journalism student intern to develop news content for local distribution, develop student-oriented blogs and exchange communication tools with EPSCoR STEM students.This position maintains the Wyoming EPSCoR blog, social media sites, and visual media. Contact Emily Vercoe for more information.

Teacher Trainings: During the summer and fall Wyoming EPSCoR supports water-science teacher trainings through the Teton Science School and on the Wind River Indian Reservation. To learn more about resources for teachers on the Wind River Reservation, contact Jennifer Wellman.

Hydrology Toolboxes: Through a partnership with Utah EPSCoR and the Natural History Museum, we have developed teaching toolboxes. Teachers can request to use the toolbox by contacting Emily Vercoe.These resources allow teachers to explore a number of scientific ideas with K-12 students. The toolboxes include scientific content, such as polarity and solubility, active lessons and games, and personal, classroom and school investigations.



Meetings with Stakeholders: A central focus of WyCEHG is to engage with stakeholders throughout the state in an open, two-way dialogue: researchers will inform stakeholders of research progress and capabilities, and stakeholders will identify emergent focus areas important to them. For more information, contact Ginger Paige.

Local Water Forums: Place-based meetings allow participants to identify and work with decision makers and interested parties in the regions near the WyCEHG research sites. Participants include federal and state agencies (Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, United States Geologic Survey), resource managers (State Engineers Office, Wyoming Water Development Commission, Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts) and end users (Basin Planning Councils, irrigation districts). For more information, contact Ginger Paige.

Water Interest Group meetings: Hosted every two years, these scientific workshops connect Wyoming-based agencies, researchers and stake holders, private and public partners, researchers and managers/researchers from the region who are active in areas relevant to the program.

Collaborations with NCAR: Wyoming EPSCoR collaborates with the National Center for Atmospheric Research to offer trainings in code writing and model development at the Wyoming Supercomputing Center.

Critical Zone Observatories: WyCEHG quantifies processes and properties of the surface and near subsurface, which together embody the "Critical Zone" (or CZ), where water, rock, air and life meet in a dynamic interplay that generates soils, sustains ecosystems and shapes landscapes. Our work is closely aligned with growing national and international initiatives in CZ research and tackles issues of water sustainability in the US West and thus is well aligned with the goals of NSF'sScience, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) portfolio, including the WSC initiative.


Diversity Work:

EcoHydroGeophisics Field Course:  To increase diversity and scientific integration, WyCEHG created an educational exchange program with historic black colleges and universities (HBCUs). this two-week student summer program offers students experience in near-surface imaging techniques, using geophysical imaging equipment acquired as part of FINSE.

Wyoming Women in Science and Engineering: In cooperation with UW's Diversity Office, EPSCoR provides support to women in STEM by increasing their visibility and supporting mentoring through seminar speaker programs and travel grants targeted to female graduates, post-docs, and faculty to present research at national conferences.

Disability Awareness Program: Knowledge, awareness and accommodation are ways to make STEM disciplines more accessible and encouraging to disabled persons. To work towards better accommodation, WyCEHG partners with the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND), to make use of "infusion units," which provide creative curriculum for familiarizing participants with disability issues. For more information, contact Sarah Konrad.

Wind River Indian River Reservation Partnership (WIRI): Our goal is to develop strong collaborative partnerships with the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR), the only reservation in Wyoming. Relationship building for developing new community-driven programs on the WRIR is an essential current activity. For more information contact Jennifer Wellman.

High Plains American Indian Research Institute (HPAIRI): HPAIRI is an entity that tribes and scholars can access and utilize for both tribally-driven research and for research initiated by UW scholars that pertains to Native American people, their lands, and resources. For more information on HPAIRI visit their website.

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