Twice a year, our office awards Community Impact and Micro Grants to outreach and engagement projects that connect research, teaching and creative work with communities around Colorado and beyond.

We recently announced grant recipients for fall 2020, whose projects focused mostly on the COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice and persistent racial inequities.

Find out more about current and past grant recipients.

Community Impact Grant Recipients

2022-23 Awardees

ATLAS STEAM workshop series for Lafayette Public Library
BTU Lab Manager Samantha Crowder and Living Matter Graduate Research Assistant Fiona Bell

Cal-Wood Restoration Crew: Building Community Resilience After Wildfire
Director Stacey Forsyth
CU Science Discovery

Community College Student Research at CU Boulder
Director Julie Graf
Biological Sciences Initiative, MCD Biology

Drifting North Inflatable MiniDome Polar Planetarium Experience
Communication Coordinator and Program Integrator, Professional Research Assistant Daniela Pennycook

Driving Economic Growth in Colorado Native Reservations
Program Coordinator Madeleine Light
Deming Center for Entrepreneurship

Monitoring the Watershed After the Marshall Fire
Assistant Professor Julie Korak
Civil, Environmental Engineering​

STEM Enrichment – Supporting Budding Scientists of Colorado
Assistant Professor Karen Bailey
Sustainability Innovation Lab and Environmental Studies

STEM Summer Camp for Middle and High Schoolers
Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics Stephen Becker
Applied Mathematics

The Soul of the Oja
Graduate Student Chiamaka Odinenu 
Media Studies

    2021-22 Awardees

    Adolescents, Smartphones, and Social Media: Promoting Positive Relationships
    Instructor Annie Margaret

    Bringing Colorado's Chicano Movement to Classrooms
    Director, Latino History Project Jason Romero
    School of Education

    Cal-Wood Restoration Crew
    Director Stacey Forsyth
    CU Science Discovery

    Creating Partnerships with High School Gamers and Undergraduates
    Assistant Professor Arturo Cortez    
    School of Education

    Exploring Science Through Art, Music and Dance
    Postdoctoral Associate Emma Antonio
    Chemical and Biological Engineering/Materials Science Program

    Four Corners Environmental and Economic Justice Summer Internship
    Program Director, Four Corners Environmental and Economic Justice, Instructor/Lecturer Julia Guarino
    Colorado Law

    Holistic Planetarium Virtual Field Trips with Rural Schools
    Education Programs Manager Briana Ingermann
    Fiske Planetarium, Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences

    Integrating Asian American Studies into Colorado K-12 Schools
    Tenure-Track Faculty Noreen Rodriguez    
    School of Education

    LEAP: Learning in Partnership
    Production, Outreach & Engagement Liaison Ondine Geary
    Theatre & Dance

    Listen, Create, Teach, Change: Racism and Wrongful Convictions
    Clinical Law Professor Ann England
    Colorado Law

    Make CSR Training Accessible to Diverse Professionals
    Interim Director, Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility Julie Waggoner
    Leeds School of Business

    Mobile Home Park Organizing Guidebook
    Professor of Law Deborah Cantrell
    Colorado Law

    Pathway from High School to College: Summer Economics
    Director of the Online Economics Program, Instructor Karen Gebhardt
    Economics and the Division of Continuting Education

    Reflections on the Future Art Exhibit and Event
    Education and Outreach Coordinator for Niwot Ridge LTER Alexandra Rose
    CU Science Discovery

    School-based Community Garden in Fort Morgan, Colorado
    Student Assistant, Graduate Student Britta Bergstrom    
    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Science Community Outreach Program and Education (SCOPE)
    PhD Candidate, Graduate Student Megan Mitchell    

    2020–21 Awardees

    A Joint Outreach Model in the COVID Era
    Director of Educational Outreach and Research, Research Associate Michael Bennett
    Department of Physics, JILA

    Establishing a Makerspace for Youth in Foster Care
    PhD Student Brandon Grossman
    School of Education

    Multicultural Leadership Mentors Program
    Director of Diversity Recruitment and Retention Krishna Pattisapu
    School of Education

    Participatory Antiracist Design with the Trident Community
    Assistant Professor Shawhin Roudbari
    Department of Environmental Design

    SARS-CoV-2 Wastewater Surveillance to Inform Decisions in Schools
    Instructor Kari Sholtes
    Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering

    Supporting Underserved Teachers with Dome to Home
    Education Programs Manager Briana Ingermann
    Fiske Planetarium, Department of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences

    2019–20 Awardees

    Building Trust: Parent Engagement in Montbello
    Graduate Student Ana Contreras
    School of Education

    Colorado Lullaby Project: Nurturing Social Connection Through Song
    Community Engagement and Social Innovation Coordinator Katie Skayhan and Associate Professor Jeff Nytch
    College of Music

    Comics Writing and Workshops with White Earth Nation
    Associate Professor Jennifer Shannon
    Cultural Anthropology

    Connecting Ancestral and Modern Pojoaque Communities
    Graduate Student Zachary Cooper

    Improving No Cost Grocery Programs Through Dialogue
    Instructor Heide Bruckner

    Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights: Education and Outreach Campaign
    Fellow Danielle Lazore-Thompson and Professor Kristen Carpenter
    Colorado Law

    Participatory Media Needs Assessment of Boulder County Youth
    Graduate Student Luz Ruiz
    Media Studies

    Translating Alaska WASH Research for Community Action
    Graduate Student Kaitlin Mattos
    Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering

    2018–19 Awardees

    Animating Fossils through Performance in Jeffco Schools
    Associate Professor Beth Osnes

    Citizen Science Capacity Building in Boulder Through
    Curriculum Development & Project Coordinator Jennifer Taylor
    CIRES Education & Outreach

    Community Collaboration in Understanding Pueblo Agriculture
    Graduate Student/Doctoral Research Assistant Kaitlyn Davis
    Department of Anthropology

    Critical Conversations Project (CCP)
    Program Manager for Production, Outreach & Engagement Ondine Geary
    Theatre & Dance

    Demystifying Entrepreneurship Rural Colorado Workshop Series
    Program Coordinator Sam Schanfarber
    Deming Center for Entrepreneurship - Leeds School of Business

    OASIS (Opportunities, Art, Science, Inspiration, and Sustainability)
    Assistant Clinical Professor Marcel de Lange
    Program in Environmental Design

    Psychological Outreach and Research Initiative for Indigenous Communities
    Assistant Director CU Upward Bound Héctor Ramírez
    Office of Pre-Collegiate Outreach

    2017–18 Awardees

    A Just Energy and Climate Transition for Boulder
    Assistant Professor David Ciplet
    Environmental Studies

    Analysis of Mentorship Plus Role Modeling Outreach Models
    Graduate Part-time Instructor/Research Assistant Leighanna Hinojosa
    School of Education

    Creating a Cooperative Stewardship Zone in Boulder Canyon
    Faculty Instructor Stacey Schulte
    Program in Environmental Design

    Conversations About Growing Up With Two Languages
    Associate Professor Eliana Colunga
    Psychology & Neuroscience

    Harnessing Outreach Potential to Establish Long-term Citizen Science
    Graduate Student Ashley Lorainne Whipple, Research Associate Chris Ray
    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    High School Energy Education Partnership
    Doctoral Candidate Kate Henson
    School of Education

    Latin Summer Enrichment Program 2018
    Associate Professor Jacqueline Elliot

    Lecture Series on the Nobel Prize in Literature
    Professor of Russian Studies Mark Leiderman
    Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures

    Native American Mural Project
    Assistant Director Hector Ramirez
    ODECE, CU Boulder Upward Bound

    STEM Summer Camp for Middle and High Schoolers
    Assistant Professor Stephen Becker
    Applied Mathematics 

    Wildfire Social Science Connection
    Research Faculty Hannah Brenkert Smith
    Institute of Behavioral Sciences (IBS)

    Micro Grant Recipients

    2022-23 Awardees

    Co-design Workshop for Interactive Murals in Trinidad, CO​
    PhD Candidate, Graduate Student Kimberley Bianca Warren
    Critical Media Practices

    Piloting STEM Kits for Rural and Mountainous Communities
    Manager of School and Teacher Programs Tim Ogino
    CU Science Discovery

    Robotics Summer Camp for Middle School Students
    Graduate Student Nataliya Nechyporenko and Post Doc Shiran Dudy
    Computer Science and Institute of Cognitive Science

    STEM Enrichment – Supporting Budding Scientists of Colorado
    Assistant Professor Karen Bailey
    Sustainability Innovation Lab and Environmental Studies

    STEM Summer Camp for Middle and High Schoolers
    Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics Stephen Becker
    Applied Mathematics

    The Soul of the Oja
    Graduate Student Chiamaka Odinenu 
    Media Studies

    2021-22 Awardees

    Balloon Flight Lab - High School Outreach    
    Instructional Laboratory and Fabrication Coordinator, Instructor Matt Rhode    
    Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences

    Bringing Healing Home: A Workbook for Sexual Trauma    
    Undergraduate Student Francesca Torsiello    

    Bringing Molecular Biology to High School Classrooms
    Instructor Kristin Moore
    Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

    Building a Literary Learning Ecology with Adjudicated Youth    
    Graduate Student Daniel Moore    
    School of Education

    Celebrating the Indigenous Americas Week    
    Director, Latin American Studies Center, Associate Professor Leila Gomez
    Latin American Studies Center

    Climate Change Learning Gathering: Justice, Emotion, and Action    
    Professor Emeritus Dan Liston    
    School of Education

    Co-designing Responsive Literacy Pedagogy with Rural Elementary Teachers
    Tenure-Track Faculty Elizabeth Dutro
    Literacy Studies, School of Education

    CU Horn Choir Western Slope Tour (9/26-28)
    Associate Professor of Horn Michael Thornton
    College of Music

    Ecological Networks & Ecosystem Services: Online Active-Learning Games
    Doctoral Candidate Aislyn Keyes    
    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Facilitating Co-production and Indigenous Community Engagement
    Research Associate Keith Musselman

    Framework for Long-Term Community Risk/Resilience to Climate Variability    
    Research Faculty Atreyee Bhattacharya    
    Center for Asian Studies (CAS) The Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (CEAE), CIRES

    Identifying New Outreach Pathways with the Brain
    Tenure-Track Faculty Michael Baratta
    Psychology and Neuroscience

    Multiculturalism at the Observatory
    Doctoral Candidate Rachel Bowyer    
    Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences

    STEM Summer Camp for Middle and High Schoolers
    Assistant Professor Stephen Becker    
    Applied Mathematics

    2020–21 Awardees

    Business Economic Outlook Forum Publication Support
    Associate Dean and Senior Economist Richard Wobbekind
    Leeds School of Business

    COVID Community Economic Presentations
    Executive Director Brian Lewandowski
    Business Research Division

    Ecological Networks & Ecosystem Services: Online Active-Learning Games
    PhD Student Aislyn Keyes
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Impact of COVID in China and the U.S.
    Senior Staff Associate Lynn Kalinauskas
    Center for Asian Studies, Program for Teaching East Asia

    Museum in a Box
    Education Coordinator Cathy Regan
    CU Museum of Natural History

    Our Wishes | Nuestros Deseos
    MFA student Alejandra Abad
    Department of Art and Art History

    Supporting Virtual Early-Career Researcher Talks
    Education Programs Manager Briana Ingermann
    Fiske Planetarium, Department of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences

    2019–20 Awardees

    Affordable Housing in Boulder: Barriers, Solutions, and Successes
    Associate Director and Instructor Abby Hickcox
    Arts & Sciences Honors Program

    Bringing Lafayette’s Swimming Pool Story to the Community
    Distinguished Professor of History Emerita; coordinator, Latino History Project Marjorie McIntosh

    Building Community Partnerships for Equitable Co-Design in Science
    Graduate Student Caitlin Fine
    School of Education

    Computational Physical Play Workshop
    Graduate Student Junnan Yu
    Department of Information Science

    Engineering Identity Development in Rural High School Students
    Graduate Student Leighanna Hinojosa
    School of Education

    Gathering/Sharing Resources about Latinos on the Western Slope
    Director of Latino History Project Jason Romero
    School of Education

    Los Seis de Boulder at 28th and Canyon
    Graduate Student Jasmine Baetz
    Art and Art History

    Nested Roots: A Science/Art Exhibition in Carbondale, CO
    Associate Director Jorge Perez-Gallego
    Nature, Environment, Science, and Technology Studio for the Arts

    Shakespeare Theatre Association Conference
    Director of Outreach Amanda Giguere
    Colorado Shakespeare Festival

    Statewide Educator Institute for LGBTQ Inclusive Practices
    Assistant Research Professor Bethy Leonardi
    School of Education

    Student and Stakeholder Strategic Planning for Sustainable Communities
    Professor Sharon Collinge
    Environmental Studies Program

    Supporting Early Career Researcher Talks at Fiske Planetarium
    Education Programs Manager Briana Ingermann
    Fiske Planetarium (Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences)

    Teaching Ethnography for Social Engagement Pedagogy Workshop
    Assistant Professor Kathryn Goldfarb

    2018–19 Awardees

    Consultation With the Pawnee and Arikara Tribes
    Professor Douglas Bamforth

    CU sponsorship of a youth leadership restoration project
    Professor Timothy Seastedt
    Institute of Arctic and Apline Research (INSTAAR)

    Demystifying Entrepreneurship & Startup to Scaleup Development Workshops
    Executive Director Erick Mueller
    Deming Center for Entrepreneurship - Leeds School of Business   

    Dialogue for Enhanced Disaster Relocation Recovery
    Doctoral candidate Shaye Palagi
    Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

    Engaging educators in Boulder Computer Science Education Week
    Graduate Student Celeste Moreno
    Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS)

    Evaluation of Creative Districts in Rural Colorado
    Graduate Student Jennifer Shelby
    Environmental Studies, Environmental Design

    Immigrant Moms' Activism for Community Participation
    Graduate student Maria de los Angeles Osorio Cooper

    Impacts of Oil and Gas for Colorado Residents
    Professor Joseph Ryan
    Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering | Environmental Engineering Program

    Institute on LGBTQ-Inclusive Educational Practices
    Research Associate Bethy Leonardi
    School of Education

    LISA 2020: Building Developing Countries' Statistical Analysis Capacity
    Associate Professor and Director Eric Vance
    Applied Mathematics

    Marking Space for Los Seis de Boulder
    Graduate Student Jasmine Baetz
    Art and Art History

    NAGPRA Comics panel at San Diego Comic Con
    Associate Professor Jennifer Shannon

    Orientation to Early Childhood Music Instruction
    Associate Professor Martina Miranda

    Presenting GUB's work at EDRA Conference
    Program Director Mara Mintzer
    Environmental Design, The Community Engagement Design and Research Center (CEDaR)

    Secondary and College Students Exploring Colorado’s Geology Together
    Senior Instructor Lon Abbott & Instructor Jennifer Stempien

    Service Learning for English Language Learners
    Instructor Barbara Flocke
    International English Center, Continuing Education

    Shakespearean Haunted House with Boulder High School
    Assistant Professor Kevin Rich
    Theatre and Dance

    Workshopping Ways of Encountering Self / Encountering Others
    Graduate Student Jashodhara Sen
    Theatre and Dance

    2017–18 Awardees

    Collaborative Artist-Scholar Residency at Chatauqua with Public Presentation
    Professor/Chair, Department of Religious Studies David Shneer
    History, Religious Studies and Jewish Studies

    Colorado River Water Delegation to Mexico
    Energy and Climate Justice Manager Michelle Gabrieloff
    Environmental Center

    Colorado Shared Ownership Summit Travel Support
    Assistant Professor Nathan Schneider
    Media Studies

    Distribute Colorado Business Economic Outlook Books
    Associate Director Brian Lewandowski
    Business Research Division

    Evaluation and Understanding of Creative Districts in Colorado
    Graduate Research Assistant Jennifer Shelby
    Environmental Design

    German Language Immersion Day 2018
    Instructor/Coordinator of Undergraduate German Language Instruction Ursula Jany
    Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures

    Laissez Les Bons Temp Rouler
    Assistant Professor Helanius Wilkins
    Theatre & Dance

    Off-grid Renewable Energy in Rural Bolivia
    Undergraduate Research Assistant Janelle Isenhart, Biology and Chemical Engineering, Faculty Advisor Alan Mickelson, Electrical Engineering

    Presenting Community-based Air Quality Research
    Graduate Research Assistant Ashley Collier-Oxandale, Faculty Advisor Michael Hannigan
    Environmental Engineering

    Rethinking Digital Pedagogy with Community Partners: An Unconference
    Graduate Research Assistant Tarren Andrews, English, Faculty Advisor Laurie Gries, Department of Communication

    State-wide Educator Institute for LGBTQ Inclusive Practices
    Research Associate Bethy Leonardi
    A Queer Endeavor, School of Education

    Teachers of Color and Allies Summit
    Associate Professor Victoria Hand
    School of Education

    The Korey Wise Innocence Project at CU Law
    Professor Kristy Martinez
    Colorado Law

    Young Women's Vocal Empowerment Program - Egypt
    Graduate Research Assistant Sarah Fahmy, Faculty Advisor Beth Osnes
    Theatre & Dance

    Undergraduate Grant Recipients

    2022-23 Awardees

    GlobeMed GROW 2021-2022
    GROW Interns, Undergraduate Students Jeremiah Diaz, Shreya Sharma and Grace Matsey
    College of Arts and Sciences

    LSP and KidsTek Community Outreach Project
    Leeds Scholars, Undergraduate students Charlie Wells, Shayna Kliger, Kaela Gero, Andersen Dodge and Jackson Klein
    Leeds School of Business

    2021-22 Awardees

    Improve understanding of the changing Arctic through Co-Production
    Allyson Fitts