Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST) is an important component of U.S. scientific leadership, national security, and economic competitiveness. Developing a workforce capable of thriving in a quantum landscape is crucial. The goal of this project is to help meet this need and broaden participation in the QIST field by providing (a) student opportunities and support in the QIST field and (b) faculty professional development aimed at building capacity within the California State University (CSU) system.
The BEARS (Building Early Awareness and Research in Science) Program at CSUSM is a scholarship program federally funded by the ESTEEMED (Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educations Diversity) program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal of this NIH program is to support educational activites that enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce. At CSUSM, our program (called BEARS) supports a select cohort of first-year undergraduate students interested in bioengineering and biomedical research.
The CSUSM Noyce Teacher Scholars program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), responds to the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers.
The COMPASS Program at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is a comprehensive program to recruit local high school students to CSUSM and as undergraduates, train them in stem cells and life sciences on campus, culminating in summer capstone experiences.
The Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program is a full time research program funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The program is based at CSU San Marcos, and partners with Palomar, Mt. San Jacinto, and San Diego Miramar Colleges. It was developed to encourage the participation of a diverse group of both undergraduate and graduate students in the San Diego region in the field of stem cell science. The program has established working commitments with leaders in stem cell research in both academia and industry, in order to prepare students to enter the growing field of regenerative medicine.
Increasing STEM Talent Through Regional Partnerships, Recruiting, and Retention
A project to increase the number of STEM graduates and transfers through recruiting and retention activities coordinated across both CSUSM and Palomar.
This project was funded by the National Science Foundation STEP program grant DUE-1068477.
The NGP Faculty Online Learning Community (FOLC) project has the goals of improved student outcomes in physical science courses for pre-service elementary teachers, through faculty development and course transformation, and contributing to the knowledge base on dissemination and educational transformation.
This project operated from 2016 to 2022 and was funded by the National Science Foundation IUSE program grant DUE-1626496.
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