CWUNewsNews OUR Program Coordinator, 19 Nov 2018 11:08:28<p>The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) welcomes Erin Cone as the new Program Coordinator. Erin comes to the OUR with much experience, having worked as the Personnel Coordinator for the Wenatchee Valley Symphony and as the Solo &amp; Ensemble Coordinator for the CWU Music Department. Erin received her Bachelor of Music, Performance in 2013 and her Masters of Music, Performance in 2015.</p>New OUR Graduate Staff Assistant, 24 Sep 2018 13:40:13<p>The Office of Undergraduate Research welcomes Tasha Lightning as the new Graduate Staff Assistant.</p><p>Tasha Lightning is a graduate student in the experimental psychology department working with Dr. Danielle Polage on cognitive psychology research related to the legal system. Specifically, Tasha's research looks at the consequences of repeat system contact on locus of control, or orientation toward the causes of life events, in the adolescent population. Overall, Tasha's interests fall generally in the fields of cognitive psychology and behavioral neuroscience, with more specific emphasis on stress, coping, and mapping pathways of neural communication.&nbsp;</p>New Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, 12 Sep 2018 14:52:46<p>Dr. Griff Tester, Associate Professor in the Sociology Department, has been named the new Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR).</p><p>Dr. Tester served as the Interim Director of the OUR for the 2017-18 academic year; his experience and desire to help students be successful in their research was invaluable in that capacity, and will be equally invaluable as he assumes his three-year term beginning on September 15th, 2018.</p><p>Griff believes that engaging with faculty research and creative and professional activities is a form of experiential learning that moves beyond the classroom. It deepens students' knowledge and furthers the intellectual life of the campus community. His vision of the OUR over the next three years is "to continue fostering students' intellectual, professional and personal advancement; enhance faculty teaching and research, scholarly and creative experiences and outcomes; and enrich CWU's curriculum and community of scholars and build the university's relationships with alumni and the local community."</p><p>Griff joined Central Washington University in 2014, specializing in aging, sexualities, and urban and community sociology. During his time at CWU, he has published in two peer reviewed journals, contributed to textbook chapters, and has received multiple grants for continued research in his field. Most recently, Dr. Tester has collaborated on two technical reports; one for Community Health of Central Washington on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Knowledge and Attitudes Among Yakima and Kittitas County Primary Care Providers, and the other for CWU on Student Sexual Health and the Utilization of Health Services.</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. Dr. Tester aspires to continue this growth as well as enhancing the quality and professionalism of the undergraduate research experience at Central.</p>Director 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>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>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>