CWEST hosts or participates in several educational and funding initiatives at a variety of age levels.
Funding for collaborative USGS research:
Education and outreach:
- CU’s Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program
- INSTAAR/NSIDC annual open house for Southern Hills middle school students
- NSF’s Long-Term Ecological Research Network children’s book series
The CWEST Research Fellowship is for current or incoming Masters and/or PhD students at CU Boulder who develop a collaborative, water-related research project between CU and the USGS. Funding supports student tuition, research, and/or training. More information is located on our Funding Opportuntites page.
UROP is an undergraduate research funding program at CU Boulder. CWEST leverages these existing funds to increase undergraduate research engagement at the USGS. Undergraduates interested in doing research at the USGS should reach out to CWEST's Program Manager for help in coordinating a research opportunity and applying for research funding. CU faculty can also apply for UROP funds that support an undergraduate(s) researcher project(s). CWEST facilitates CU and USGS collaborations to increase undergraduate access to USGS trainings and research opportunities-stay informed of these opportunities through CWEST events.
Are you a student wanting to find out what’s involved in doing science, a weekend science warrior with a passion for learning, or a retired person looking for a fulfilling way to spend some free time? If so, the USGS Volunteer for Science Program could be a good fit. Interested individuals can find and apply for USGS Volunteer for Science opportunities at http://www.volunteer.gov. In addition, they can also check out CWEST’s people page to see if there is a particular USGS researcher with whom they might be interested in working and contact them directly. CWEST’s managing director (firstname.lastname@example.org) can also help point you in the right direction.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, please check out the USGS’s Volunteer for Science webpage:
USGS’s Volunteer for Science webpage
NSF’s Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program’s Schoolyard Book Series for elementary school students
The LTER Schoolyard book series was started by CWEST's founding director, Diane McKnight, with the goal of educating both children and their parents about the varied ecosystems across the U.S., Antarctica, and Puerto Rico. The books take a unique approach to promote the development of environmental empathy and
environmental literacy through the use of narrative. Ultimately, at least one children’s book will be produced for each of the 26 LTER locations. The books can be purchased online and are also being sold at locations like National Park Service gift shops increasing the impact of the books beyond the LTER community. CWEST has been particularly involved in the production of three books in the series:
The My Water seriese is paired with curricula, hands-on learning kits, teacher development training and dissemination of materials through school districts to further water science education.
McKnight, D. M. (2010). Overcoming “ecophobia”: fostering environmental empathy through narrative in children's science literature. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 8(6).
Ray, C., M. McKnight, D., D. Bidwell, M., Fourment, T., Flanagan Pritz, C., & H. Rinehart, A. (2015). Children’s book series and associated curricula support elementary education and outreach in water resources. Plant Ecology & Diversity, 8(5-6), 795-804.