Education & Outreach Group
- Ms. Kim Wingo - Primary Outreach Contact (Kimberly.Wingo@usm.edu)
The education and outreach initiative addresses the problem of the loss of Mississippi's STEM talent by recruiting/retaining promising students at Mississippi's research institutions. The approach is to expand existing and develop new program components which include partnerships between Mississippi's institutions of higher learning (2- and 4-yr research and non-research institutions) and provide secure pathways for students in STEM majors with intervention at various levels from high school to a baccalaureate degree and onto graduate school. Research is the key component used to address these challenges.
Education & Outreach Initiatives
CSI:Mississippi is an annual workshop designed for middle and high school science teachers and focuses on strategies for teaching inquiry to students in Mississippi. The workshop is designed to focus on the Mississippi Science Curriculum and provides teachers with engaging ways to instruct students in basic scientific investigation. The workshop uses the concept of forensic science to encourage inquiry and scientific investigations and teachers are also able to tour research facilities at one of Mississippi’s research institutions as well as talk with researchers from many different disciplines.
Workshops are held for 2 weeks over the summer. Each year, the workshop is held at a different Mississippi research university. For information about the current workshop, please visit: https://www.msepscor.org/events/2017/03/csi-ms-alabama-teacher-workshop/#
Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students
Mississippi EPSCoR offers paid opportunities for undergraduate students to work during the summer in the lab of a Mississippi EPSCoR researchers at any of the partner institutions. The goals of the program are to provide students with research experience and broaden the participation in STEM fields.
Women in STEM Seminar Series
The Women in STEM Seminar Series is designed to showcase women who have pursued careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Each seminar is held at a primarily undergraduate institution across the state of Mississippi. Speakers discuss their academic backgrounds, the path they took to their career, the opportunities out there for women, and how they keep work-life balance. Opportunities for participation in research as well as graduate school opportunities are also explored.
Science Cafés increase knowledge of material science research and provide opportunities for public engagement and discussion of important research topics. Science cafés are lively events that take place in informal settings like a coffee house. They are open to everyone and include a conversation with a researcher on a particular topic.