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Letters and Science Fellows in Engagement Panel

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from Noon - 1:00 pm
Plant Biosciences Building, Room 108

Brian Bothner has participated in over 50 outreach events aimed at 5-50 year olds. Events range from formal visits to high school science classes and the Montana Summer Science Education program to Saturdays at the public library. As part of their outreach efforts, the National Science Foundation highlighted the outreach program he created on viruses. Visiting local elementary, junior and senior high schools is a major part of Bothner's efforts to interest kids in science. Just as in the MSU classroom, his goal is to create an interactive environment where discussion and hands-on learning generate enthusiasm.

Angela Des Jardins is the director of Montana NASA EPSCoR and current chair of the NASA EPSCoR Caucus. Montana Space Grant and NASA EPSCoR are programs that work to strengthen education and research in Montana in fields related to aerospace science and engineering. Her mission is to use space and space exploration to ignite the human sense of wonder; to engage Montana students, teachers and researchers in aerospace activity, capitalizing on our inherent fascination with discovery and exploration to further the drive to achieve great strides in STEM fields; to conduct research in solar astrophysics with an emphasis on student involvement; and to cultivate a spirit of service. 

Hua Li works with her students and volunteers in the Bozeman community to promote Chinese language and culture in Bozeman's K-6 public schools. With the support of the Bozeman school district and the principals of Longfellow and Morning Star elementary schools, and in partnership with Kidslink, they inaugurated their pilot afterschool Chinese class in Longfellow Elementary School in Fall 2012, and later added a class each in Longfellow and Morning Star in Spring 2013. They have recruited three MSU student volunteers to facilitate teaching in the primary school classrooms alongside the community-based volunteer instructors. Li and other volunteers will continue their work in this area during AY 2013-2014.

To recognize and celebrate the upcoming Year of Engaged Leadership the College of Letters and Science has established the Fellows in Engagement program. This one-time, AY 2013-14 program recognizes those in the college whose work includes a strong component of engagement with the communities served by MSU. Tenure-track faculty, non-tenure track faculty and staff were eligible for these fellowships.



Year of Engaged Leadership