As described in our strategic plan, NSF is the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences. NSF is tasked with keeping the United States at the leading edge of discovery in a wide range of scientific areas, from astronomy to geology to zoology. So, in addition to funding research in the traditional academic areas, the agency also supports "high risk, high pay off" ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but which the public will take for granted tomorrow. And in every case, we ensure that research is fully integrated with education so that today's revolutionary work will also be training tomorrow's top scientists and engineers.”
CSM is a state research university supporting B.S. through Ph.D. degrees in engineering and science. The mission of CSM is “Education and research in engineering and science to solve the world’s challenges related to the earth, energy and the environment.” In support of this mission, the CEE department has built extensive faculty expertise and infrastructure in water and the environment. CEE has invested heavily in Research Centers, laboratories, and field sites, each with unique capabilities for a range of water-related research activities. Related centers include the ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE2ST, Dr. Terri Hogue, Director, the Center for Experimental Study of Subsurface Environmental Processes (CESEP), Dr. Tissa Illangasekare, Director, the Advanced Water Technology Center (AQWATEC), Dr. Tzahi Cath, Director, and the Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA), Dr. Christopher Higgins, Director. The CEE department is also part of the NSF Engineering Research Center, ReNUWIt which is in collaboration with the University of California at Berkeley, New Mexico State University, and Stanford University.
WE2NG is an NSF funded RET program where K-12 teachers will attend a full-time (40 hours/week) paid six week summer program at CSM engaging in research under the direction of faculty and graduate student mentors. The program will include an initial orientation session followed by an integrated research, learning, and curriculum format. Each week will include components of individual research time, on-going workshops (e.g., communicating science, nanotechnology), collaborative research meetings, connections with industry (e.g., speakers and field trips), and integrated curriculum development workshops. Another key part of the WE2NG program will be establishing long-term collaborative relationships with the participants by providing classroom support throughout the academic year.
|Dr. Terri Hogue, Program Director|
Dr. Hogue has focused her career on coupling research and education in engineering and the earth sciences. Her work focuses on the prediction of hydrologic fluxes for improving management of water resources, assessing human impacts on the environment, and mitigating the effects of natural hazards. More recent work includes assessment of water sustainability related to oil and gas production for shale plays in the western United States. Professor Hogue also serves as secretary of the Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union and is a member of the Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate at the National Academy of Sciences. She is Director of the Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering Program as well as Director of the ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE2ST at CSM, both of which will be key partners in the NSF WE2NG RET program.
|Amy Martin, Program Manager|
|Ms. Martin is the Education and Outreach Specialist for the WE2ST Center and the STEM Liaison for the Golden Schools Foundation. The STEM Liaison facilitates coordination of STEM curricula and materials for all of the Golden articulation area. This will be critical in facilitating the vertical teaming efforts needed to create a successful STEM pipeline in the Golden articulation area. As program manager, Ms. Martin is responsible for the daily administration and flow of the program throughout the summer program and academic year. This includes coordinating teacher and faculty-mentor schedules; visiting schools and talking with teachers and department chairs; acting as a liaison to set up additional partnerships with new faculty interested in outreach and partnership opportunities; editing and posting lessons; documenting participation of teachers for stipend payments; coordinating purchase of supplies for teacher lessons and faculty labs; arranging travel for the industry field trips; working with the external evaluator to ensure that the necessary data are collected; and maintaining the accountability data required by NSF.
|Katie Schneider, Education and Outreach Assistant|
|Cassie Aungst, Administrative Assistant