CWUNewsNews$20,000 Scholarships Available to Junior STEM Students, April 1 Deadline, 09 Mar 2016 14:28:21<p><img alt="" src="/cesme/sites/" style="width: 212px; height: 200px; float: left;">Approximately seven, two-year scholarships in the amount of $20,000 will be awarded to academically talented students majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) discipline, thanks to a continuing program at Central Washington University. The deadline for this year’s applications is April 1. Students can apply at</p><p>Community college students who wish to transfer to CWU are especially encouraged to apply. Up to 10 students may be found eligible for the award.</p><p>Thanks to a $612,840 National Science Foundation grant, the scholarship program, SOLVER (Sustainability for Our Livelihood, Values, Environment, and Resources), can help promising students through the last, most difficult years of their science degree program.</p><p>“The scholarships are for $10,000 per year,” said Audrey Huerta, professor of geological sciences, and one of the principal investigators of the grant. “If the student does well in the first year of their award, they are eligible for the second $10,000.”</p><p>The overall objective of SOLVER is to increase the quality and diversity of students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in the STEM fields, with an emphasis on recruitment, retention, and graduation of Hispanic and Native American students. The SOLVER program will provide scholars with financial, academic, personal, and professional support.</p><p>“Our goal is to substantially increase the success of traditionally underrepresented minorities in these high-demand fields,” said Huerta.</p><p>In addition to the $10,000 academic-year scholarship, students are automatically enrolled in the Hearst Summer Fellows program. Instead of leaving campus and working low-wage jobs in the summer before their senior year, students can spend their summer involved in meaningful research. The Hearst Foundations awarded $100,000 to provide summer research fellowships to 20 Solver Scholars at CWU for the next three years.</p><p>“This is the missing piece of the puzzle,” said Audrey Huerta. “Almost all of our students have to work during the summer to make money for the school year. It’s impossible for them to take advantage of unpaid research internships that would help further their academic career. This stipend allows them to immerse themselves in science without worrying about financial consequences.”</p><p><br>Fall quarter 2016 will initiate the third year of the SOLVER program, and already, there are success stories from its graduates.</p><p>“Our SOLVER students have been sought after for professional positions even before graduation,” Huerta related. “Many others are pursuing advanced degrees in their field.”</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>March 9, 2016</p></br></br>Science in a Pint returns to Cornerstone Pie, 12 Oct 2015 07:46:31<p>Cornerstone Pie’s science series is back for another season.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The series is held in partnership with Central Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Read more in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</span></p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">$100,000 Coca-Cola Grant Helps CWU’s First Generation Students Complete College, 29 Sep 2015 13:04:37<p><img alt="" src="/cesme/sites/" style="width: 388px; height: 200px;"></p><p>Students who are the first in their families to attend college will receive a generous financial boost from The Coca-Cola Foundation. The Coca-Cola First-Generation Last Mile Scholarship will provide 10 first-generation students at Central Washington University with significant financial support—$5,000 per year for two years—during their junior and senior years.</p><p>“We estimate that more than 15 to 20 percent of our first-year and transfer students are the first in their families to attend college,” said Scott Wade, vice president of CWU University Advancement and executive director of the CWU Foundation. “The Coca-Cola Company has an outstanding reputation for supporting educational opportunities for first-generation students in the United States.”</p><p>By providing more than half of average tuition and fees for the year, the Last Mile scholarships will allow students to focus on their studies instead of spending excessive time at a job to pay for their education. The purpose is for students to graduate on time with the academic standing necessary to successfully compete in graduate programs or pursue a career.</p><p>To apply for the scholarship, students need to contact the CWU Scholarship Office at The deadline to apply for the 2015-2016 school year is October 15, 2015.</p><p>Qualified applicants are:<br>• First-generation students (students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college)<br>• Students who are either returning or transferring to CWU as juniors in fall quarter 2015<br>• Full-time students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater<br>• Students with demonstrated financial need</p><p>Students enrolled in Ellensburg or any of the seven CWU university centers are eligible to apply for the scholarship.</p><p>Students will receive $5,000 for the first year. If they maintain a 3.0 grade point average and make satisfactory progress towards their degree, they’ll receive the second $5,000 for their senior year.</p><p>The overall purpose of the scholarships is to increase the retention and graduation rates of the scholarship recipients. It is expected that the retention rate for scholarship holders will be 90 to 100 percent from junior to senior year and that at least 80 percent of the 2015 scholarship recipients will graduate in 2017.</p><p>“We’re excited that one of the most recognized companies in the world is partnering with us to help our students,” enthused Wade. “We hope we will be working with them for many years.”</p><p><br>Since 1993, The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship (CCFG) program has supported students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college or university.&nbsp; Since its inception, over $39 million in scholarships has been awarded to over 3,200 students on more than 450 campuses throughout the United States.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>CESME "Science in a Pint" series planned at Cornerstone Pie, 30 Mar 2015 09:31:01<p>Cornerstone Pie is kicking off a new science series in April in partnership with Central Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education.<br>The new series, “Science in a Pint,” starts on April 7 at Cornerstone Pie.</p><p>The Science in a Pint series will highlight a different science topic the first Tuesday of each month.<br>“We want ‘Science in a Pint’ to be an entertaining and stimulating conversation between our guests and experts in many science fields,” Cornerstone Pie owner Mark Holloway said.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br>National Teacher of the Year Goes "Back to the Beginning", 29 Jan 2014 11:44:16<p>The National Teacher of the Year takes a visit to his beginnings this morning in Ellensburg.</p><p>Zillah High School science teacher Jeff Charbonneau spoke to faculty members and science administrators at Central Washington University.</p><p>Read the entire article by KAPP TV in Yakima, by Eugene Buenaventura, <a href="">here.</a></p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p>January 28, 2014</p>Kids have a blast at CWU science camp, 22 Jul 2013 13:25:17<p><img alt="" src="/cesme/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 151px; "></p><p>The 30 rocket scientists waited around the launch pad, counting down until launch.<br>Would the rocket launch? Would it stay on course? Would it explode on the pad?</p><p>At zero, with a pop, the rocket shot through the sky, then landed in a tree.</p><p>To the sixth- through eighth-grade students at Central Washington University’s 2013 Quest Math and Science Camp, the air-pressure powered water bottle rocket launches Tuesday were a rousing success, and a cool way to spend the day.<br>This is the third year Central has put on the week-long camp, and this year, the theme is all about energy, said Martha Kurtz, camp director and CWU science education professor.</p><p>Camp activities dabble in mechanical, hydraulic, biological, electrical, electro-chemical, light and sound and nuclear energy, she said.</p><p>Read more of the Daily Record article <a href="">here</a>.</p><p>Article by Andy Matarrese, published July 18, 2013</p></br></br>CWU Alumnus Named National Teacher of the Year, 22 Apr 2013 09:19:09<p><img alt="" src="/cesme/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 320px; "></p><p>Jeff Charbonneau, a 2000 CWU graduate in biology and an Eastern Washington science teacher today was named national Teacher of the Year.</p><p>Read the Wall Street Journal article <a href="">here</a>.</p><p>Jeff Charbonneau, from Zillah High in the Yakima Valley, is the first winner from Washington state since 2007, and he will spend a year traveling as an ambassador for the teaching profession.</p><p>The Council of Chief State School Officers announced the award today. Charbonneau, the 63rd National Teacher of the Year, will be recognized along with all 2013 State Teachers of the Year by President Obama in a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday.</p><p>Read more about Charbonneau in the <a href="">Seattle Times article</a>.</p><p>Charbonneau is a 2000 CWU graduate in biology education, who also received his biology teaching certificate, in 2000; and his broad area science teaching certificate, in 2004, from CWU. In 2005, he earned his Master Teacher degree from Central.</p><p>In addition, Charbonneau teaches online professional teacher certification courses and facilities the online National Board Teacher Certification candidate program through the CWU Office of Continuing Education. He also is a teacher in CWU's Cornerstone program, which allow his high school physics students to earn college credit.</p><br><p>Photos courtesy of David Goehner, ESD 105</p></br>