About Vermont EPSCoR

The Vermont Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VT EPSCoR) helps build the state's capacity for scientific research and trains a diverse, prepared science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. We do this through multi-year, federally funded projects that integrate statewide higher institutions, stakeholders, private sector, partners and collaborators. Together, research teams, post-doctoral associates and graduate students work to advance science and engage stakeholders, undergraduate interns and high school teams to discover new scientific knowledge, share broadly with diverse communities, and train the next generation of innovators.

Current Research

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.

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Ecological Systems

Responsible for developing a new configuration of environmental sensors from UVM and Middlebury College in an observation network that spans the important interface between the terrestrial and aquatic environments.


Social Systems

Focuses on building calibrated, predictive models of the governance networks and sub-networks responsible for promoting existing and future hazard reduction practices for water quality resilience.

Integrated Assessment

Undertakes the development of the BREE Integrated Assessment Model (IAM) using novel complex systems approaches.


Studies how the frequency, intensity, and spatial scale of extreme weather events have changed this century and what local climate feedbacks will evolve through altered surface reflectance (albedo) and moisture fluxes.

Education Outreach and Inclusion

The VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity works to advance inclusivity across disciplines to strengthen, cultivate and prepare students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Students and teachers are integrated into active research areas and teams as we strive to 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.

Undergraduate Internships

The Undergraduate Internship Program offers students the opportunity to participate in current research conducted through the Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) program.

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High School

The High School Program provides students and teachers the opportunity to develop skills in scientific methods and Earth systems.

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Middle School

The goal of the VT EPSCoR CWDD Middle School Outreach Program is to expose middle level teachers and students to scientific research.

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College Scholarships

As part of our work we are pleased to award Native American Student and First Generation Student Scholarships to Vermont students who enter STEM majors at a Vermont institution of higher education.

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Student Research Symposium

Research projects are highlighted during our annual spring Student Research Symposium.

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Rosie's Girls

VT EPSCoR provides financial support in the form of scholarships for economically-disadvantaged Vermont students to attend Rosie’s Girls, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Trades Exploration Program for middle school girls.

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Join Us

Want to learn more? Have a question about one of our programs? Interested in getting involved?
Email us at epscor@uvm.edu or visit one of the listed opportunities below.


The Vermont EPSCoR communications team is responsible for using media to promote the activities of the VT EPSCoR members. Print magazines, videos and web/social media are all used to document the important work performed by VT EPSCoR.


The annual Vermont EPSCoR magazine showcases the worked performed by our VT EPSCoR team members.



Thought-provoking short documentaries and science programs are brought to you by VT PBS and Vermont EPSCoR.



Workshops are available periodically throughout the year.



Part of our communicating science work involves the creation of short videos highlighting work performed by our research teams and many stakeholders.


Citing VT EPSCoR

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires grantees to acknowledge EPSCoR support in every publication (including World Wide Web pages) of any material based on or developed under the RACC and BREE grants.

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Logo Downloads

The following logos are available for download:

  • BREE
  • RACC
  • CWDD
  • UVM

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Social Media

Vermont EPSCoR uses social media to broadcast news, events, and solicitations pertaining to the work performed by our members.

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Private Sector

Our Private Sector programs provide seed funding and business development resources for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and researchers.

Phase (0)

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.

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Pilot Awards

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.

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Travel Awards

Vermont EPSCoR offers travel awards to Vermont entrepreneurs who wish to attend regional and national SBIR/STTR conferences and workshops. These awards are typically offered twice a year: In the spring for the National SBIR/STTR Conference in Washington, DC; and in the fall for a regional SBIR/STTR-related conference or workshop.

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LaunchVT works with its community partners to provide business acceleration programs and resources that empower Vermonters to solve problems and create economic opportunity. Vermont EPSCoR funds LaunchVT’s Impact Award, given at their Demo Day pitch competition to the most innovative startup in terms of science, technology and engineering.

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The National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program uses experiential education to help researchers gain valuable insight into entrepreneurship, starting a business, or industry requirements and challenges. Through I-Corps training, researchers can reduce the time to translate a promising idea from the laboratory to the marketplace.

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Tech Jam

The Vermont Tech Jam is one of the few times each year when all of Vermont’s innovative companies come together under one roof to recruit talent and show off their latest projects. Held in October, Tech Jam allows Vermont techies to talk with recruiters, connect with other tech professionals, and learn about professional development from industry experts.

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Vermont Startup Collective

The Vermont Startup Collective is a vibrant, inclusive, virtual platform that surrounds active and aspiring doers, creators, and innovators with constructive guidance from advisors and mentors, thought-provoking conversations with peers, and critical tools and resources to start and scale their companies in Vermont.

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Training opportunities are available periodically throughout the year.

Grant Writing Workshops

The Vermont EPSCoR Grant Writing Workshops offer presentations on identifying areas of interest and alignment with funding agencies; relationship building with private foundations; and developing a funding plan to meet professional goals including strategic planning, Individual Development Plans (IDPs), and hands on demonstrations.

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Alan Alda Communicating Science Workshops

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science empowers scientists and health professionals to communicate complex topics in clear, vivid, and engaging ways, leading to improved understanding by the public, media, patients, elected officials, and others outside of their own disciplines.

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Mentoring Workshops

Vermont EPSCoR hosts Mentoring and Teaching of Diversity Workshops. Discussion topics include identifying and working through implicit bias, creating an inclusive environment in which to air concerns, and best practices for mentoring.

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Undergraduate Internships

The Undergraduate Internship Program offers students the opportunity to participate in current research conducted through the Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) program. Undergraduates are matched with a research team working on the transdisciplinary BREE research program. At the end of the internship, research teams meet together at a Symposium to share their discoveries through an oral or poster presentation of their research.

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Data & Software

Explore web-based dashboards with meteorological and water quality data from our environmental sensor network, download datasets from our environmental monitoring and modeling efforts, and participate in our open source community. Contributions to code repositories and innovative uses of our data are welcome!

Data Dashboards

Lake Carmi Water Quality Data

Water quality and meterorological data from our buoy at Lake Carmi.
Updated at 08:30, 12:30 and 16:30 each day.

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St. Albans and Missisquoi Bay Water Quality Data

Water quality and meterorological data from our buoys in St. Albans Bay and Missisquoi Bay.
Updated at 08:30, 12:30 and 16:30 each day.

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Lake Champlain Inland Sea Weather Data

Meterorological data from our buoy in Lake Champlain's Inland Sea posted at the NOAA National Data Buoy Center.

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Data Downloads

Streams Data

Water quality data collected by our high school education outreach program from streams across Vermont. Available data include macroinvertebrates, E. coli, phosphorus and nitrogen.

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Hydrological Data at CUAHSI's HydroShare

Datasets published as part of our journal article submissions.

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Macroinvertebrate Mobile App

For the biologist in all of us, the Vermont EPSCoR Macroinvertebrate Field Guide provides a glimpse of the life in Vermont, New York, and Puerto Rico's streams. Search by stream name to discover what is living in each stream, then tap on the animals to learn more.

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Other Software at our GitHub Repository

Software created by Vermont EPSCoR participants and released to the open source community.

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Policy and Technical Advisory Committee

The Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) provides technical advice regarding model development, calibration, and validation, including possible access to datasets that may be used in the process. The committee also provides input regarding the communication of research findings and uncertainty associated with them.

Member List

Thank you to all of our PTAC members.

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Meetings and Presentations

View all of the presentations from the biannual PTAC meetings.

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News - Events - Solicitations

Up to date news, events and solicitations from Vermont EPSCoR

  • News
  • Events
  • Solicitations


Meet the Vermont EPSCoR Teams

  • Staff
  • Science Leaders

Arne Bomblies

State Director, VT EPSCoR

Chris Koliba

Associate Director, VT EPSCoR
BREE Social Systems Leader

Lillian Gamache

Assistant Director & Project Administrator, VT EPSCoR

Pat Clemins

Manager, Cyberinfrastructure and Partnerships, VT EPSCoR

Steve Exler

Information Technologist, VT EPSCoR

Nicholas Bond

Data Analyst, VT EPSCoR

Nina Wu

Business/Accounting Specialist, VT EPSCoR

Charlie Brooks

Program Specialist, VT EPSCoR

Veronica Sosa-Gozalez

CWDD Coordinator, VT EPSCoR

Carol Adair

BREE Ecological Systems Co-Leader

Brian Beckage

BREE Climate Team Co-Leader

Donna Rizzo

BREE Integrated Assessment Co-Leader

Andrew Schroth

BREE Ecological Systems Co-Leader

Jonathan Winter

BREE Climate Team Co-Leader

Asim Zia

BREE Integrated Assessment Co-Leader