A Partnership of Higher Education, Private Industry and State Government.
A Partnership of Higher Education, Private Industry and State Government.
The Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a program designed to fulfill the National Science Foundation's (NSF) mandate to promote scientific progress nationwide. The EPSCoR program is directed at those jurisdictions that have historically received lesser amounts of NSF Research and Development (R&D) funding. Twenty-eight states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam are currently eligible to participate.LEARN MORE
The BREE project helps identify strategies for resilience in the social ecological system of the Lake Champlain Basin. Research methods include creation of a new soil sensor network, leveraging of existing water sensors for redeployment, and development of new models, including land use and network models that capture the cognitive behaviors and opinions of land users and policy makers.LEARN MORE
The VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity works to cultivate and prepare students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Through integrating students and teachers into active research we inspire students to pursue STEM careers. The CWDD helps connect interested students in social science and STEM areas with faculty researchers throughout Vermont at multiple institutions.LEARN MORE
Research in Action!
|Mississquoi Bay Under Ice Sampling|
Mississquoi Bay Under Ice Sampling
BREE Ecological Systems Team researchers took advantage of the recent cold weather to venture out onto the frozen bay and gather samples under ice. The team drilled holes in the ice and drew water samples which will serve a part in BREE research moving forward.
|Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Identification Workshop|
Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Identification Workshop
Vermont EPSCoR hosted an aquatic macroinvertebrate identification workshop on December 17, 2017 at St. Michael’s College with high school students from Essex, Winooski, Rice Memorial, Oxbow, and Champlain Valley Union. The workshop trained current high school teams how to pick through and identify macroinvertebrate samples found in their local streams. The workshop was part of a series of similar opportunities that the Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) program offers each year to Vermont high school students led by Dr. Declan McCabe, Professor of Biology at Saint Michael’s College. Several teams will return to St. Michael’s campus to use dissecting microscopes, allowing them a further opportunity to learn about the organisms found in their streams.
|Vermont High School Team Attends American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting|
Vermont High School Team Attends American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
Streams project high school team from Bellows Free Academy, which included Fairfax science teacher Tom Lane, junior Lillith Sweet, and senior Malachi Witt attended the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting in New Orleans, LA. The week-long conference ran from December 11-15, 2017 and represented the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. The BFA Fairfax team presented their Vermont EPSCoR research poster, “A View of Water Quality Characteristics Pertinent to Phosphorous Movement in a 2nd Level Tributary to Lake Champlain” at the poster session on December 14th, giving the students a chance to explain and present their findings to interested participants from all over the world. The students also attended a Bright Stars luncheon, which honored middle school and high school students who participated in the conference.
|Curbing climate change: Study finds strong rationale for the human factor|
Curbing climate change: Study finds strong rationale for the human factor
Humans may be the dominant cause of global temperature rise, but they may also be a crucial factor in helping to reduce it, according to a new study that for the first time builds a novel model to measure the effects of behavior on climate. Drawing from both social psychology and climate science, the new model investigates how human behavioral changes evolve in response to extreme climate events and affect global temperature change.
|Teaching Elementary Graders Scientific Methods|
Teaching Elementary Graders Scientific Methods
Vermont EPSCoR Graduate Research Associates Caitlin Crossett and Maike Holthuijzen together with Livia Donicova and Janel Roberge from the Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD), traveled to Shelburne Farms in Shelburne Vermont to demonstrate scientific methods to elementary students from area schools during Watershed Day on October 5, 2017.
|If You Need to Make a Change|
If You Need to Make a Change
Sara Mecca will take her internship experiences to UVM's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources next spring.
|Macroinvertebrate Workshop for Educators|
Macroinvertebrate Workshop for Educators
Declan McCabe, PhD, Professor of Biology at Saint Michael's College and member of BREE, led a macroinvertebrate workshop for educators in his laboratory on July 19, 2017. The hands on workshop offered middle and high school instructors tools with which they could incorporate the study of aquatic ecosystems into their curricula.
|Undergraduate Intern Orientation - May 30-June 2, 2017|
Undergraduate Intern Orientation - May 30-June 2, 2017
The first cohort of 30 undergraduate summer interns began their research on Lake Champlain Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) on Tuesday May 30th. Their internship began with a four-day orientation. The first day started with of an overview of the BREE project and an introduction to the different components: climate modelling, integrated assessment modeling, social sciences, ecology, and workforce development.
|2017 BREE Intern Workshops|
2017 BREE Intern Workshops
To promote the career development of BREE undergraduate summer interns, the Center for Workforce Development and Diversity hosts weekly workshops. The workshops help develop interns' communication skills and provide them the tools they need to put together a poster or presentation for the spring Symposium where they will present their findings.
Vermont EPSCoR provides the opportunity for Vermont small businesses to compete for grants to foster research and development projects which will lead to application to federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs.
The main goal of the Vermont ESPCoR Phase (0) solicitation is to identify proposals that show promise for success in federal SBIR competitions
Vermont EPSCoR seeks collaborative proposals from higher education – small business partnerships for research that is complementary to our BREE research. These awards are for innovation; and to move research forward. While undergraduate support is allowed, Pilot Awards are not intended for primarily undergraduate research.LEARN MORE
VT EPSCoR is excited to offer travel awards to Vermont entrepreneurs who wish to attend various SBIR/STTR related conferences.
The Undergraduate Internship Program offers students the opportunity to participate in current research conducted through the Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) program. Undergraduates selected to participate in the BREE program will be matched with a research team of faculty and graduate students working on the transdisciplinary BREE research program. Students perform full-time research for 10 weeks during the summer with a faculty members. In April, students give an oral presentation or poster presentation of their research results.LEARN MORE
The VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) works to cultivate and prepare a diverse science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce in Vermont by inspiring students to enter STEM careers. As part of our work we are pleased to award $5,000 scholarships to Native American (including Abenaki) and First Generation college students who enter STEM majors at a Vermont college or university.LEARN MORE
The High School Program offers students and teachers the opportunity to participate in current research. Through involvement in the Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) research program, participants develop skills in scientific methods and Earth systems thinking and experience what it is like to be a scientist.LEARN MORE
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