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NE EPSCoR Mission. Improve STEM research capacity and competitiveness of state investigators Promote STEM fields and enhance student interest in pursuing degree programs in STEM fields. Improve diversity in STEM fields Foster Economic Development Collaborative Efforts. Project Reports.

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Ne epscor mission

NE EPSCoR Mission

  • Improve STEM research capacity and competitiveness of state investigators

  • Promote STEM fields and enhance student interest in pursuing degree programs in STEM fields.

  • Improve diversity in STEM fields

  • Foster Economic Development

    Collaborative Efforts

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Enhanced collaboration opportunities challenges

Enhanced Collaboration: Opportunities & Challenges

  • Maximize use of available funds

  • Formal and Informal program evaluation and coordinated reporting procedures to improve program quality

  • Inclusive, state-wide participation

  • Input from experts in education

Ne epscor s young nebraska scientist initiative

NE EPSCoR’s Young Nebraska Scientist Initiative

A Collaborative Outreach Proposal

Our vision

Our Vision

  • Centralized infrastructure: Established, on-going programs run regardless of grant funds

  • One-stop “shopping” for a number of interested groups

    • PI’s: Broader Impacts Statements! Most don’t know what to do, how to do it…We can help!

    • Teacher Preparation Programs: Pre-service teachers need opportunities to work with students and scientists AND scientists need to learn about good educational practices

    • Recruiting Departments: Showcase Nebraska’s post-secondary opportunities…up close and personal

    • Secondary Students, Parents and Teachers: Identify opportunities quickly, Increase state-wide participation

Focused outreach mission

Focused Outreach Mission

Strengthen K-16

STEM Pipeline:

Increase Interest, Participation,

College and Career Consideration

Collaborative Efforts

Ne epscor mission

  • Young Nebraska Scientist

  • Week-Long

  • Summer Camps

  • Location:Participating Nebraska post-secondary institutions

  • Attendance

  • Year 1: 2 camps, grades flexible

  • Year 2: Add 9th and 10th grade; 3 camps, consecutive weeks

  • Year 3: Add 11th and 12th grade; Summer Research Experiences; 3 camps

  • Annually Thereafter: 3 camps on consecutive weeks

  • NE EPSCoR:

  • Lead Institution

  • Overall event management and financial responsibility

  • Provide scholarships for underrepresented individuals

  • Participating

  • Institutions

  • Recruit faculty to develop and implement activities

  • Recruit students to serve as camp counselors

  • Recruit camp participants from NE schools

Conceptual focus

Conceptual Focus

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

  • Multidisciplinary Camps


    The Process ofScience

    and Inquiryvs. Content

    Science, Technology and Society

Camp format

Camp Format

  • Check-In: Sunday, late afternoon

  • Check-Out: Saturday, late morning

  • Sunday night Camp Kick-Off (Sponsor?)

  • Morning, Afternoon, Evening schedules

    • Half-Day or Day-Long Activities

    • Can also extend over the week or several days

  • One, day-long field trip for entire camp

  • Evening Science Demos and Activities

    • Examples: Physics of Football, Science in the Movies

  • Field Trips to participating institutions

  • Friday night Iron Scientist (guests from participating institutions with participating student teams)

Parent participation

Parent Participation

  • Student “poster” presentations on Saturday morning

  • Information session for participating institutions on Saturday morning OR representatives from institutions circulate through “poster” presentations (middle level)

Facilities and funding

Facilities and Funding

  • Alternate camp location

    • Host multiple camps at the same site

  • Participant Fees: $100-$120 per participant to off-set the cost of facilities, room and board, counselors, transportation, etc. (NOT faculty fees)

  • Underrepresented Minority Scholarships: Provided by NE EPSCoR

    • Chaperones from underrepresented groups necessary

Summer 2008

Summer 2008

  • Host Site: UNL

  • Dates: Sunday, July 13 through Saturday, July 19

  • Students: 40

  • Chaperones: 6

Additional considerations

Additional Considerations

  • Training for Faculty and Students (Grad,Undergrad,Post-Doc) from Participating Institutions

    • How to do Interdisciplinary Work

    • What is Inquiry?

    • Relationship building and Communication

Organizational chart

Organizational Chart



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