CWUNewsNews of Undergraduate Research to Speak at Seattle March for Science April 22, 21 Apr 2017 10:37:47<p><img alt="" src="/undergrad-research/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 322px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">Geology professor and AAAS <em>Science</em> award-winner Anne Egger is an invited speaker at <a href="" target="_blank">Seattle's March for Science</a>&nbsp; on Earth Day, April 22. Egger, who has taught at Central Washington University for six years, is also a member of a state-wide consortium to improve science education in Washington and the Director of Undergraduate Research at CWU. Egger currently serves as president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), which has endorsed the national March for Science.</p><p>"NAGT endorsed the national March for Science because we share the same values, including advocating for cutting-edge science education, for diversity and inclusion in the scientific endeavour, and basing policy and decision-making on evidence. It is particularly energizing for us as Earth scientists that the March is also happening on Earth Day."</p><p>The March for Science in Seattle is satellite march of a non-partisan national movement to celebrate science and to raise awareness of the importance of science in public policy, legislation, and education. Other speakers at the Seattle March for Science include Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, former EPA scientist Michael Cox, and University of Washington physics student Tyler Valentine.</p><p>"Speaking at the March is an opportunity for me to share my values of Earth literacy for all and high-quality science education," Egger added. "The evidence for what works in the classroom comes from social and behavioral science research; the evidence for how to prepare for the inevitable earthquake comes from Earth science and engineering studies.</p><p>"We want our policies to be based on that evidence, and we want a citizenry that is equipped to develop and vote on those policies."</p><p>Egger received the American Association for Advancement of Science Science magazine award for inquiry-based instruction in 2011. She is participant of InTeGrate, a $10 million National Science Foundation grant for infusing Earth literacy and sustainability across the undergraduate curriculum. She has also received grants for earthquake hazard assessment and geologic mapping from the United States Geological Survey. Egger holds a doctorate in geological and environmental sciences from Stanford University.</p><p><em>There will also be an Earth Day March for Science in Ellensburg at noon, April 22, starting at the post office. CWU geology professor Susan Kaspari will be a speaker.</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>April 21, 2017</p></br>Gilbert Elected as CUR Councilor for the Arts & Humanities Division, 29 Mar 2017 18:56:24<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Jamie Gilbert, M.Ed., Non-Profit Organizational Management faculty and Program Coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Research &amp; SOURCE, has been elected to represent Central Washington University as a Councilor in the Arts and Humanities division of the National Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Research shows that UR is deemed a High Impact Practice (HIP) that is beneficial for college students from diverse backgrounds. Gilbert’s mission is to reach out to historically underserved students, who do not have equitable access to high-impact learning.</p><p><br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Councilors are elected because they have demonstrated leadership in promoting, mentoring, and involving undergraduate students in their research, scholarship and creative activity. Gilbert will join two other distinguished Central faculty on the national council:&nbsp; Dr. Dominic Klyve, CUR Mathematics &amp; Computer Sciences Chair and Dr. Susana Flores, Councilor in the Education Division. Dr. Flores remarked “I admire Jamie for her innovative and successful work increasing the total number of students involved in undergraduate research (UR) and in diversifying our undergraduate research presenters. I have been so impressed with her knowledge, skills, and dispositions in UR that I nominated her for the councilor position to serve the national body.”</p><p><br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Gilbert and Dr. Flores traveled to the Hawaii International Conference on Education in January along with members of the CWU Undergraduate Research Club: two graduate students, Jessica Murillo-Rosales and Meghan Gilbert, and one undergraduate student, Alicia Brito, to present “Engaging Undergraduate Students in Research: Faculty, Staff and Student Perspectives”.&nbsp; Murillo-Rosales, who also serves as Central’s 2016-2017 student representative on the Washington State Achievement Council stressed “This is the first time in my current academic career that I had the chance to connect with educators and other professionals from outside the United States. It was truly remarkable to see how other countries fought for their citizens’ rights for an equitable education.”</p><p><br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Brito stated “For me, the word “research” frightened me in the early years of my undergraduate career. My story of how I fell in love with research started with simply being more open minded to the idea of one day presenting my work and becoming a published author. My mindset shifted when I gained more self-confidence in myself. With the help and motivation&nbsp; of my professors and of the SOURCE Ambassadors, established by Professor Gilbert, I have continued to accomplish my research goals.” Brito, who graduated from Central in January and was just accepted into graduate school, will be sharing her story as a first-generation student along with her research journey at this year’s SOURCE 2017 Celebration Dinner May 17th in the SURC Ballroom.</p><p><br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Dr. Heidi Henshel-Pellett, Chair of the Department of Physical Education, School Health and Movement Studies, attended their presentation in Hawaii because she was happy to see CWU students from multiple disciplines presenting together at an international conference. Dr. Pellet stated “I wish there could be more funding available for more students to work with other professors to present, be a scholar, and feel good about it.” She said she was touched by the students’ stories about their research accomplishments that they thought they would never have achieved, which showed her as a professor, how crucial it is to mentor students here on our campus.</p><p><br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Gilbert is currently seeking her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership and her dissertation examines the Impact of Grit and Creativity on Millennial Student Engagement in University Research. “My journey with research was sparked as a psychology student at Central under the guidance of Dr. Kara Gabriel.&nbsp; To this day, Dr. Gabriel still inspires and guides my research goals. It has been my greatest pleasure to share the knowledge that Dr. Gabriel bestowed upon me with the students I am currently teaching. Thanks to the support of Dean Stacey Robertson, I am thrilled at the opportunity to share these research experiences during my upcoming three-year term as a CUR councilor and be able to collaborate with other leaders in UR from around the country and bring those ideas back to my colleagues and students here at Central.”</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/undergrad-research/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 178px;"></p><h6 style="text-align: center;">Meghan Gilbert, Alicia Brito, Dr. Susana Flores, Jamie Gilbert, Jessica Murillo-Rosales</h6></br></br></br></br></br></p style="text-align: center;"></h6 style="text-align: center;">Bohrson awarded 2016 GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, 29 Sep 2016 08:51:12<p>At the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, CO, CWU's&nbsp;Dr. Wendy Bohrson was awarded the Undergraduate Research Mentor Award from the geosciences division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (GeoCUR). Dr. Bohrson was nominated by her colleagues and students in Geological Sciences, who described her patience, support, and rigor in mentoring students.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="Erin Kraal, citationist; Wendy Bohrson, awardee; Lee Phillips, Chair of the Geosciences Division of CUR" src="/undergrad-research/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 375px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px;"></p><p>Erin Kraal, citationist; Wendy Bohrson, awardee; and Lee Phillips, chair of GeoCUR, at the award luncheon.</p>Submissions open for SOURCE, 01 Mar 2016 13:07:01<p>Submissions are now open for SOURCE 2017! <a href="">Submit your abstract</a> between now and April 6.&nbsp;</p>Flores elected as CUR Councilor in new Education Division, 01 Mar 2016 13:00:34<p>Dr. Susana Flores, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Curriculum, was elected to the <a href="">Council on Undergraduate Research</a> (CUR) as a councilor in the new Education Division, established in 2015. This is the inaugural slate of councilors, so Dr. Flores has the opportunity to make a big impact. Congratulations!</p>CWU's Egger Re-envisions Teacher Preparation, 06 Oct 2015 17:07:52<p>Big changes are afoot in K-12 science education—changes for the better.</p><p>Washington is an early adopter of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which embody a way of science teaching and learning that more accurately represents how we do science. Each standard consists of a performance expectation that weaves together three dimensions: content knowledge (for example, earthquakes release seismic waves that travel through Earth), science and engineering practices (for example, we design experiments to test buildings for their ability to withstand shaking caused by an seismic waves), and cross-cutting concepts (for example, patterns—earthquakes occur much more commonly in some places than others). In this and many other examples, the NGSS also highlight interactions between human society and the natural world.</p><p>This three-dimensional framework takes the emphasis off knowing things and puts the emphasis on being able to do things, integrating content and building skills from one grade to the next in order to prepare students for going to college, entering the workplace, and becoming engaged citizens.</p><p>Read more of this column in the<a href="" target="_blank"> Daily Record</a>.</p><p>By Anne Egger, CWU geological sciences professor</p>Egger named Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, 24 Sep 2015 13:33:17<p><img alt="" src="/undergrad-research/sites/" style="width: 155px; height: 200px; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px; float: left;">Anne Egger, assistant professor in geological sciences and science education, has been named the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR).</p><p>“CWU really excels in the area of undergraduate research”, said Dominic Klyve, the interim director of the Douglas Honors College, “and I’m very excited about bringing in new leadership as we continue to expand the good work we are doing.”&nbsp;</p><p>Egger brings a long history of involvement with undergraduate research to the position. Prior to arriving at CWU, she served as co-director of the undergraduate research program in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, where she grew the program from five to nearly 50 students over seven years. In addition, she served a three-year term as geoscience councilor in the Council on Undergraduate Research, and has mentored several undergraduates at Stanford as well as at CWU in projects that range from assessing the geoscience literacy of introductory students to mapping fault scarps to determine seismic hazards.</p><p>Undergraduate research and creative expression have grown significantly since the office was first established in 2005, particularly evident in the expansion of SOURCE (Symposium On University Research and Creative Expression) as a venue for student presentations.</p><p>“I look forward to building on that growth and success and working with other programs on campus to establish undergraduate research within the campus culture,” said Egger.</p><p>Formerly housed in Graduate Studies and Research, the OUR moved to the William O. Douglas Honors College in fall 2015. The appointment comes with a reorganization and revitalization of the OUR.</p><p>The OUR is also hiring an assistant director to manage the administration of SOURCE and OUR fellowships, allowing the new director to spend more time on faculty development, training, and university-wide coordination of undergraduate research.</p><p>Klyve, who chaired the search committee for the new director, was pleased and surprised by the interest in the position from the campus community.&nbsp; “Our committee interviewed a number of faculty who are strongly devoted to undergraduate research.&nbsp; I was deeply impressed by the depth and breadth of experience demonstrated by Central’s faculty.”&nbsp; Klyve pointed out that Egger’s experience in reaching outside of her discipline to build undergraduate research connections, together with her administrative experience, made her the perfect person for the job.</p><p>Egger assumes her new responsibilities on September 15.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>