Education Science-2-Work Program for Workforce Development
Team Lead, Sylvia Parker
High School Student
- SRAP Summer Research Apprentice
Program for high school students
- WRIR high school program (under construction)
- WRIR high school
teacher workshop held that is community and WyCEHG-based and makes use of
mobile lab unit.
Community College Programs
- Community College Summer Fellowships: Competitive research awards will be provided to 25 UW students each semester, including summer, and 5 community college students each summer to conduct research guided by faculty and near-peer mentors. Of this group, 25% will be competitively offered to students participating in WyCEHG. Summer research fellows also participate in two Undergraduate Research Symposia that showcase research projects at the end of the summer with UW's McNair Scholars,NIH INBRE Fellows, and students funded by NSF supplemental REUs. Another event is Annual Undergraduate Research Day, which has grown significantly over the last 10 years. New plans are to partner with UW's Outreach School to broadcast student presentations, and add symposia for community college, tribal college students and high school teachers. Thus, 75 students/yr will complete successful STEM research projects.
- Community College Transition Program: Community college students reportedly find the transition to UW and Laramie challenging. A new transition program will be offered that provides a supportive environment emphasizing student/faculty community around STEM research. Students will receive a stipend for the first year, will be paired with a faculty and peer mentor (former CCT students), and will be offered three research rotations in labs to shadow a graduate student, or other activities that will incorporate the student into research and culture. The program goal is to increase transfer of CC students to STEM disciplines by 10%. A transition program will be initiated as a partnership between WRTC and UW to encourage transfer to UW, the only four-year institution in the state. Implement a CC transition program to facilitate the transfer of CC students to UW. Establish and support research collaborations between CC faculty and WyCEHG faculty.
Undergraduate Student Programs
- Undergraduate Research Fellowships
- Undergraduate Research Day
- Undergraduate Research Symposium
- Jackson State University field camp exchanges: A two-week student summer program in partnership with JSU in which students and faculty from both institutions gain experience in near-surface imaging techniques by using geophysical imaging equipment acquired as part of FINSE. JSU joined UW students in fieldwork at the Snowy Range site in 2013; during the 2014 summer UW students will travel to Mississippi for field-work at a site selected by JSU colleagues. The geology, climate, and soils of Wyoming and Mississippi are distinct, so that students from each state will broaden their experience by working in the other state.This exchange will provide reciprocal scientific and cultural enrichment for students and will offer opportunities for graduate education in the natural sciences at UW. Up to 8 students and faculty will be supported per year for geophysical training and data collection.
- Communicating Science: Internships for journalism students: WY 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 is designed to engage interns in communication about water through the Wyoming EPSCoR blog, social media sites, and visual mediums.
Graduate Student Programs
- Program in Hydrology: Supports the new Graduate Program in Hydrology through graduate stipends.
- Internships with Industry partners: Wyoming graduate students are connected to industry internships with Lowham Walsh, InterTech, and Trihydro. Students apply emerging technologies to real-world problems, using FINSE equipment and data exchanges. Through these partnerships UW students will gain experience (1) gathering data on "real-world problems" for thesis research and publication (with as needed concessions for proprietary considerations), (2) summer work in the environmental industry, and (3) a network of private-sector connections at an early career stage. In return, private-sector partners gain (1) access to a capital facility that is currently unavailable to most small and mid-sized companies, (2) access to expertise in the acquisition and interpretation of such data, and (3) contact with potential new employees. A desired outcome of this program is development of a work force, composed of UW graduates trained in the application of cutting-edge technology, who can "hit the ground running" when they leave school, ultimately keeping professional jobs in Wyoming and enhancing Wyoming's competitiveness in the business world.
WWC – Wyoming Water in the Classroom, a Professional Development Program for Teachers
Teachers will participate in field research campaigns and will work directly with WyCEHG scientists to learn inquiry-based techniques using FINSE equipment, while scientists will learn about connecting with grade 6-12 classrooms. The groundwater investigation curriculum will be incorporated into Wyoming Stream Team, a WY Department of Environmental Quality program for collecting water quality data by students and teachers.