iUTAH’s Workforce Development team has developed programs designed to enhance the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) workforce in Utah. Our goals are to inspire students to choose STEM careers, promote the retention of students in STEM degrees, and enhance the success of faculty in STEM disciplines
About Workforce Development:
A strong STEM workforce is critical to Utah’s future economic and environmental health. iUTAH offers formal science education activities for high school students, university undergraduate and graduate students, and K-12 teachers, We are especially interested in encouraging STEM participation by students in groups that historically have been under-represented in science, and students at Utah colleges and universities that primarily serve undergraduate students.
These activities use our three study watersheds (Logan River, Red Butte Creek, Middle Provo River) as outdoor laboratories where students and educators can learn to explore the data generated by iUTAH research activities. We also sponsor programs that allow students and faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions to collaborate with faculty at Utah’s three research institutions: Brigham Young University (BYU), the University of Utah (UU), and Utah State University (USU).
iFellows Undergraduate Research Program: The iUTAH Undergraduate Research Fellows (iFellows) Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students from all Utah institutions of higher learning to gain first hand research experience training with researchers associated with the iUTAH project. iFellows participate in an 11-week summer research fellowship at BYU, UU, or USU. Throughout the summer, iFellows train side-by-side with iUTAH researchers and graduate students, participate in professional skill development sessions, develop science communication skills, practice science poster and oral presentations, and engage with panels of STEM professionals from a number of different careers.
Summer Research Institute: The annual Summer Institute brings together students and teachers to work with iUTAH researchers at each of the watersheds being monitored. Participants work together in small teams of high school students, undergraduates, and grade 7-12 teachers in science, social studies, and technology to perform hands-on research in the field related to water quality, vegetation and soil moisture, microbiology, and more. The program is designed to help teachers and prospective teachers gain insight into what scientists do and how they collaborate. Participants gather data, analyze it, and present results of their research to iUTAH scientists.
UTAH Research Catalyst Grants (RCGs) provide opportunities for faculty and students from Utah’s primarily undergraduate institutions to develop partnerships with faculty at their own or other undergraduate institutions or with Utah’s research universities (USU, UU, BYU), or with community or professional partners. The purpose of these partnerships is to engage with the research objectives of iUTAH: specifically, maintaining and improving water sustainability in Utah, and to build the capacity of participating institutions to conduct further research in the area of water sustainability. Applications are especially welcome from people traditionally under-represented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (women, ethnic minorities).
iUTAH Traineeships bring undergraduate participants onto iUTAH’s research teams to gain skills and technical expertise that is transferrable from the research environment to future non-academic employment. Trainees are students at Utah’s research universities who learn skills such as electronic sensor monitoring and trouble-shooting, software development, and data management that can help prepare them for careers at employers in industry, government, consulting firms or nonprofit organizations.
Workforce Development News:
August 3, 2016
As the fourth and final year of the iUTAH Summer Research Institute came to a close in July 2016, students, teachers, and faculty members reflected Read More...
February 10, 2015
Timothy Beach, an undergraduate student mentored by Sarah Null in the Read More...
February 9, 2015
Taya grew up in Indiana and received her Bachelor’s degree, from the University of Southern Indiana in International Studies, and Read More...
December 23, 2014
Trinity is a first year graduate student under Dr. Bethany Neilson in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah Read More...
December 16, 2014
Michelle Barnes grew up in the Reno-Tahoe, Nevada area. Her love of the outdoors was influential in pursuing Read More...