INSTAARs can call on a number of university and community partnerships to help conduct outreach. They can help you fund students, connect with various audiences, and make your efforts go farther. Look for partners whose strengths complement your research team’s.
The CU Office for Outreach and Engagement has partnered with many INSTAAR researchers to get CU science into the hands of the public, particularly in Colorado. The dedicated staff has extensive resources that you can rely on, including mailing lists of educators throughout the state, contacts with dedicated teachers, and classrooms that can give you a positive outreach experience. They conduct the CU Boulder Outreach Awards and can fund graduate students for outreach efforts that match their needs.
Science Discovery connects K-12 students and teachers to current CU science through unique, hands-on science experiences. All programs are designed to be highly interactive, engaging students in the scientific process while connecting them to the science and technology present in their everyday lives. Science Discovery impacts approximately 30,000 students, teachers and community members throughout Colorado each year. Suzanne Anderson has conducted CZO outreach through Science Discovery summer programs.
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History (CU Museum)
The CU Museum has a mission to contribute to knowledge of the natural world and the humanities through research, teaching, and public education. The Museum's collections number more than four million objects in anthropology and archaeology, botany, entomology, paleontology, and zoology and exhibition galleries are open to the public free of charge. They provide science kits and host outreach days on popular science themes (including snow, wildlife, and climate change) that are an affordable way to reach Boulder K-5 students and their parents.
Among other choices, this program lets you take an underrepresented student around AGU to meet colleagues and discuss research. Developed by and for underrepresented minorities to foster increased participation in Earth system science, the program provides committed students with networking and mentoring. Holly Barnard is a program mentor for this group and has been a meeting mentor and mentee; she can answer any questions and connect you with the organizers.
Being an AGU science meeting mentor helps an up and coming underrepresented student feel comfortable at a very large meeting. You are matched with mentee(s) that share your interests, and are asked to:
- Talk with selected mentee(s) before the Fall AGU meeting to discuss common academic interests.
- Attend an informal mentor/mentee introduction on Sunday or Monday at AGU.
- Attend/discuss a minimum of four presentations with your mentee(s) during the meeting.
- Facilitate networking by introducing your mentee(s) to other scientists with similar interests.
- Offer mentee(s) academic and career advice.
A summer internship program for undergraduates, dedicated to increasing the diversity of students entering the geosciences.
Bill Bowman has coordinated the Research Opportunities for Undergraduates program at the Mountain Research Station each summer for several years.
Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) through CU
10-week summer research internships for 20-25 undergraduates from institutions nationwide.
An undergraduate to graduate program dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric sciences. It is built around a summer research internship, mentoring by top scientists, and a supportive learning community.
UCAR Pre-College Internship
A UCAR research experience designed to introduce a diverse community of high school students to the world of atmospheric and related sciences.