Nevada EOD Programs
Nevada EPSCoR EOD Programs and Opportunities
General Stem Programs (K-20)
- Middle School Teacher Summer Institute - The two-week long Summer Institute on Climate Change Education gives middle school teachers tools for implementing climate change science content and processes into their classrooms. To date, over 2,000 middle school students have been reached and or influenced by the Summer Institute.
- Climate Change Cyberlearning Curriculum Development (C4D) - The Learning Lab located at Green Valley High School (GVHS) transforms science classrooms by providing full, wireless access to cyberlearning materials that have been developed under the Nevada EPSCoR project, Climate Change Cyberlearning Curriculum Development (C4D).
- NV STEM Pipeline - The Nevada STEM Pipeline is a website currently in development created to provide information about STEM programs available to students, parents, teachers, industry and the public in our state. (Program link coming soon!)
- NV STEM Mentor Network Database - The Mentor Network Database is a resource for students and faculty to obtain information about opportunities for mentorships in science, technology, engineering and math in Nevada. (Program link coming soon!)
- College Access Challenge Grant (Go To College) - The Nevada System of Higher Education will focus its College Access Challenge Grant efforts to dramatically increase the percent of new college entrants, particularly for underrepresented students (low-income, first generation, students of color) in the state.
- NV STEM Coalition - The Nevada STEM Coalition Committee is a group of community leaders/experts who work with the G² Inc. board to assist with establishing goals and objectives, provide professional advice and leadership for the Coalition, educate the community, recruit partners, and promote innovation in STEM education.
Special Diversity Programs
- Tri-State Diversity Strategic Plan - The overall efforts of EOD regarding diversity include increasing efforts to recruit and retain URM students and women in EPSCoR scientific research, and more broadly, in STEM disciplines. The Diversity Strategic Plan was developed in conjunction with Idaho and New Mexico to assist in guiding diversity efforts in STEM for our states.
Workforce Development Programs
- Undergraduate/Graduate Student Research Programs - The Undergraduate Research Program and the Graduate Assistantship Research Program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research award EPSCoR), provides science and field research experiences through scholarship, annual fellowship opportunities and assistantships to full-time Nevada undergraduate and graduate students. Students in any major are eligible. Proposals should be in areas related to climate change, including, but not limited to, climate modeling, ecological change, water resources, cyberinfrastructure, and policy and decision making. Through the summer UROP program, students have the opportunity to cultivate and support research partnerships with faculty while working on cutting-edge research. Participants gain practical skills and knowledge which they can apply as graduate students and into the workforce. The Nevada Undergraduate Research Symposium (NURS) provides an opportunity for undergraduate researchers in all Nevada institutions of higher education to share their research with fellow students, faculty and the scientific community. The symposium includes an oral and poster presentation. Awards are given to students who provide the best oral and poster presentation. The program focuses on providing students with a stimulating opportunity to conduct research and present their findings gaining meaningful exposure to problem solving as they prepare to graduate and enter the workforce.
- Waterfall Fire Interpretive Trail (WNC) - In the summer of 2004, the massive Waterfall Fire ravaged homes and land in western Carson City, climbing the hills and marching toward the Tahoe Basin. Starting in the summer of 2009, five years after the fire, WNC Chemistry Professor Mike Sady and others are exploring the effects of the fire on vegetation and creating an interperative trail based on their experience. Sponsored by the Nevada System of Higher Education and the National Science Foundation-EPSCoR, Sady and Dr. Jay Arnone of the Desert Research Institute studied burned and unburned areas in the Waterfall area. Study objectives were to compare shrub and forest plant communities in burned and unburned areas, and then to evaluate the success of post-fire seeding. Their analysis was also intended to determine if climate change was a factor in the type of re-vegetation that occurred. The study group also considered the effects of sheep grazing on burned and unburned areas. To improve fire safety, the college has sheep graze seasonally near campus buildings to reduce fuels.