CWUNewsNewshttp://www.cwu.edu/step/newsen-usCWU Student Awarded $50,000 EPA Undergraduate Fellowshiphttp://www.cwu.edu/step/node/2493Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:31:57<p><img alt="" src="/step/sites/cts.cwu.edu.step/files/images/Justin%20Rodriguez020.JPG" style="width: 200px; height: 300px; margin: 4px; float: left;">Justin Rodriguez, a junior at Central Washington University, received a $50,000<a href="https://www.epa.gov/research-fellowships"> EPA fellowship</a> for his research in environmental chemistry. His mentor, chemistry professor Anne Johansen, encouraged him to apply for the award when he was a sophomore. Rodriguez was the only person in Washington State, and one of only two in the Pacific Northwest to receive this prestigious fellowship.</p><p>The award will provide funding for tuition, travel costs to EPA conferences, lab costs and a stipend for living expenses. As part of the fellowship, Rodriguez will attend a 12-week summer internship at an EPA’s Western Ecology Division Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon. There he will assist in research to determine the potential effects of engineered nanoparticles on terrestrial ecosystem resources. In essence, he will be studying the effects of pollution from manufacturing processes and how they settle into soils.</p><p>“The nanoparticles may react with natural organic compounds, such as humic acids, in the presence of light,” he explained. “And in this way, they may be producing radical compounds that have a negative effect on the environment and biological systems.”</p><p>A participant in CWU’s <strong>Science Talent Expansion Program (STEP)</strong>, Rodriguez has been working with Johansen on the toxicity of air pollution nanoparticles in cellular environments. For his EPA grant he will be focusing on the reaction of these nanoparticles in soils.</p><p>“He thinks carefully of what he is doing, and has excellent communication and organizational skills,” said Johansen. “These characteristics have allowed him to be effective at problem solving when left alone in lab. In 15 years of teaching, I consider him one of the best students I have encountered.”</p><p>A 2013 graduate of River Ridge High School near Olympia where he grew up, Rodriguez is from German and Puerto Rican descent. From a young age he was fascinated in the natural world and unlocking its secrets. Coming into college he knew he wanted to pursue a degree in science.</p><p>“I didn’t decide to pursue chemistry until I took Chemistry 181. I fell in love with its complexity and it ability to explain the world around us, and I knew it would be a good challenge”</p><p>Rodriguez plans to pursue a master’s degree in chemistry, and ultimately plans to work in an EPA facility solving environmental issues.&nbsp;</p><p>“I hope to lead by example and open doors to more minorities getting into science in general.”</p><p><br>“With the help of this funding, undergraduates will be able to explore their passion in environmental science and cultivate their research skills,” said Thomas A. Burke, EPA science advisor and deputy assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Research and Development. “These fellows are the next generation of scientists, who will help lead the way in protecting the environment and public health.”</p><p>The EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study winners receive fellowships of up to $50,000 for their last two years of undergraduate study and a three-month summer internship at an EPA facility.&nbsp; By enhancing and supporting quality environmental education for undergraduate students, the GRO Undergraduate Fellowship encourages promising students to pursue careers in environmentally related fields and to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate level. For more information about the GRO fellowships, go to www.epa.gov/research-fellowships/gro-undergraduate-fellowships.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p><p>June 2, 2016</p></br></br>Welcome to CWU, STEP freshmen and Bridging Students!http://www.cwu.edu/step/node/2492Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:01:30<p>Fall Quarter begins Wednesday, September 23rd, and we want to extend a warm "Welcome!" to new STEP students and a hearty "Welcome back!" to our continuing STEP students. Remember to sign up for your required STEP courses this week. If you have any problems, contact our new STEP Program Supervisor, Colleen Falconer, at <a href="mailto:step@cwu.edu">step@cwu.edu.</a></p></a href="mailto:step@cwu.edu">Winter 2014 STEP Lunchhttp://www.cwu.edu/step/node/2490Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:57:06<p>We will be having our Winter 2014 STEP Lunch on Thursday, February 13th from 12:00 to 12:50 PM in Lind Hall, room 104.<br>All STEP students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to attend!</p><p>This quarter, our guest speaker will be Patricia Garvey-Darda.<br>Ms. Garvey-Darda has a B.S. in Natural Resources and a M.A. in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has 23 years experience as a Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Forest Service. For the past 14 years, she has collaborated with the Washington DOT on the I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East project.</p><p>Please come join us to welcome Ms. Garvey-Darda to the CWU campus and to learn about her past educational and professional experiences as a STEM professional and Wildlife Biologist!</p><p>Lunch and good company will be provided!</p><p><img alt="" src="/step/sites/cts.cwu.edu.step/files/images/Winter14STEPLunchFlier.jpg" style="width: 464px; height: 600px;"></p></br></br>Substance Abuse Lecture (Pre-Med Q&A to Follow)http://www.cwu.edu/step/node/2485Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:25:53<p>&nbsp;</p><h2 class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">Substance Abuse Lecture</h2><h3 class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">Pre-Med Q&amp;A to Follow</h3><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">Lecture discussing substance abuse issues that are of particular interest to college students at Central Washington University.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">The lecture will be given by PNWU students,</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">Jesse Nye (M.S., OMS II) and Matthew Hall (OMS II).</p><h3 class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">There will be a pre-medicine Q&amp;A session following the lecture.</h3><h2 class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2013</h2><h2 class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">Time: 3:00 PM</h2><h2 class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">Location: Lind Hall 215</h2> <pre class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">Please see the <strong><a href="/step/sites/cts.cwu.edu.step/files/images/SubstanceAbuseLectureFlier.pdf">flier</a></strong> for additional details about this event!</pre> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">All CWU STEP and non-STEP students, faculty, staff are invited to attend this event.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">For more information, please contact Jessica Nye (STEP@cwu.edu or 509-963-3002).</p></h2 class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"></h3 class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"></p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"></p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"></p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"></h3 class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"></h2 class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"></h2 class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"></h2 class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"></pre class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"></p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"></p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;">Spring 2013 STEP Lunchhttp://www.cwu.edu/step/node/2482Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:06:12<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong>Lunch with Michael Moore</strong></h2> <pre style="text-align: center;">4th Year Osteopathic Medical Students at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences</pre> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Come join us to welcome Mr. Moore to the CWU campus and learn about his educational and professional experiences in STEM!</h3><h2 style="text-align: center;">Thursday, April 25, 2013</h2><h2 style="text-align: center;">11:00AM - 12:00PM</h2><h2 style="text-align: center;">Lind Hall, Room 215</h2><p style="text-align: center;">Come enjoy lunch, a presentation from Mr. Moore, and a chance to learn about academic &amp; career opportunities in STEM disciplines!</p><h3 style="text-align: center;">Lunch and good company, as always, are free!</h3><h3 style="text-align: center;">All STEP students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to attend!</h3> <pre style="text-align: center;">For more information, please see the <a href="/step/sites/cts.cwu.edu.step/files/images/Spring13STEPLunchFlier.pdf"><strong>flier</strong></a> or contact Jessica Nye at 509-963-3002 or <a href="mailto:STEP@cwu.edu">STEP@cwu.edu</a>. Please look for an email in your inbox with additional details about this event!</pre> <address style="text-align: center;">Sponsored by the Science Talent Expansion Program at CWU</address></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"></div class="field-items"></div class="field-item even"></h2 style="text-align: center;"></pre style="text-align: center;"></h3 style="text-align: center;"></h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2 style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></h3 style="text-align: center;"></h3 style="text-align: center;"></pre style="text-align: center;"></a href="mailto:STEP@cwu.edu"></address style="text-align: center;">CWU STEP Student Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarshiphttp://www.cwu.edu/step/node/2475Thu, 10 May 2012 16:35:39<p><strong>ELLENSBURG, Wash.</strong> — Central Washington University junior Troy Kilburn has been named a 2012 Goldwater Scholar in Mathematics, Science and Engineering, one of just six in Washington State. The Lake Stevens native will graduate in 2013 with a double major in chemistry and physics, and a mathematics minor. He maintains a 3.885 cumulative grade point average, has been on the Dean's List since 2009, and is a member in both the Phi Kappa Phi and the Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Societies.</p><p>Kilburn's research explores strategies for developing alternative-energy light sources using rare earth minerals.</p><p>"It's an exciting field, just exploding," said Kilburn, who plans to use his advanced research skills to explore renewable and alternate energy resources. He recently participated in research that involved splitting water molecules with sunlight.</p><p>Nationally, 282 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,123 students who were nominated by faculties of colleges and universities. The one- and two-year scholarships are funded up to $7,500 per year. The Goldwater Scholar award is the premier award for outstanding undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.&nbsp;</p><p>CWU is the only comprehensive university in Washington to have a student named as a recipient of the award. Other awardees study at the state's research institutions, the University of Washington and Washington State University. Another student studies at Whitworth University.</p><p>Mike Jackson, chair of the CWU Department of Physics, said CWU's small class size and the university's commitment to undergraduate research gives students the opportunity for real discovery that often is rare at bigger institutions.</p><p>"Troy participated in the Science Talent Expansion Program, is a leader in the Chemistry Club, and has won numerous awards and accolades," said Jackson, adding that CWU's Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education promotes best practices in teaching and learning in math and the sciences. "Troy is an excellent example of what students can accomplish if they choose to attend CWU."</p><p>"Troy is an outstanding student academically and in the research lab," said Anthony Diaz, CWU professor of chemistry, and one of Troy's faculty mentors. "He is very intelligent, works carefully in the lab, and has the kind of patience necessary for successful scientific research. I expect Troy's work to lead to a peer-reviewed publication before he graduates."</p><p>When Kilburn is not in the lab, he volunteers as a White Pass Cross Country camp counselor and as First Lutheran Church youth group mentor for middle- and high-school youth.</p><p>Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 78 Rhodes Scholarships, 112 Marshall Awards, 104 Churchill Scholarships and other distinguished fellowships. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the US Senate.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Media Contact:</strong> Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, <a href="mailto:valeriec@cwu.edu">valeriec@cwu.edu</a></p></a href="mailto:valeriec@cwu.edu">