“The festival is an annual event but this year, in particular, what we’re interested in is the mini-symposium on broadening participation in STEM,” Laura Heisler, Director of Programming for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation told Madison365. “It’s something that came up because we had research that showed women and people of color as underrepresented. So we wanted to broaden that study.”
The National Science Foundation-funded ADVANCEGeo project has released a collection of online resources for the community on relevant research and tested strategies to respond to sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination in academia. These public resources can be used to: define and understand harassment, bullying, and discrimination; design codes of conduct, including for field research projects and courses; and identify best strategies for creating inclusive and equitable workplace climates. The online resource center is hosted by the Science Education and Research Center at Carleton College.
Every summer since 2007, students from some of the smallest high schools in Wisconsin have descended on the Morgridge Institute for Research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for some big-time scientific immersion.
The Morgridge Rural Summer Science Camp has allowed more than 500 high-academic achievers from across the state to spend a week learning from leaders in stem cell research, a field that UW–Madison helped make famous. The students arrive passionate and motivated in science, but the hope is this deep dive into real research will seal the deal for a future scientific career.
Light dots represent all participating schools since 2007; dark dots are those participating in 2018. Morgridge Institute for Research
Now, 12 years into the camp, organizers are finding it has been a difference-maker.
Lisa Sorlie, Library Media Specialist for Bonduel School District, participated in the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program hosted by the Wisconsin Energy Institute. As part of the program, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, Sorlie spent six weeks performing experiments on yeast in Professor Chris Hittinger’s lab and designed inquiry-based classroom activities to bring back to her students in Bonduel, Wis.
Scientists get funded for their ideas through a marathon grant-writing process, scores of collaborators, weeks of information gathering and a final product that often tops 250 pages. Melissa Skala’s experience was different: two people, 250 words, in 24 hours. Melissa Skala Skala, a Morgridge Institute for Research investigator in medical engineering, won a highly competitive […]