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Dr. Brian Vanden Heuvel

CBASE Director, Biology Professor

CBASE Office

Life Science (LS) 114
Phone: 719.549.2758 and 719.549.2787

Communities to Build Active STEM Engagement (CBASE)

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The CSU-Pueblo’s Communities to Build Active STEM Engagement (CBASE) Title III grant integrates curricular (new and redesigned coursework), co-curricular (undergraduate research opportunities, mentorship, student services), and programmatic (professional development, community building, and seminar series) initiatives to achieve our primary goals of increasing retention and graduation rates of undergraduate STEM students, with emphasis on students from underrepresented backgrounds. Please see below for a brief overview of each of the key areas of the CBASE Grant:

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    Research Communities Program:

    The CBASE Research Communities Program aims to increase the number and quality of undergraduate research experiences available to CSU-Pueblo students. To meet this goal, the CBASE grant has nurtured the formation of three research communities in Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering. Each research community is led by a postdoctoral researcher, and is supported by a team of faculty mentors. Students apply for paid positions within the Research Communities Program as new researchers (Research Interns) or experienced researchers (Research Fellows). Applications to join the Research Communities Program open in October, final selections of the Research Communities cohort are made in December, and the program begins in January. For more information about the Research Communities Program, please check out the Research Communities Page, or contact the CBASE Office.
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    STEM Center for Education and Engagement (SCEE):

    The STEM Center for Education and Engagement (SCEE) aims to bridge the gap between campus, academics, and our local STEM community. A key focus of the SCEE is to provide opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct experiential education (EE) projects within the community. Additionally, the SCEE provides high impact student activities on campus to garner a stronger sense of community and belonging for STEM students. For more information about the STEM Center for Education and Engagement, please check out the SCEE page, or contact the CBASE Office.
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    Science Learning Center (SLC):

    In conjunction with the College of Science and Mathematics, the CBASE Grant funds student support via the Science Learning Center. The Science Learning Center provides walk-in tutoring support for students taking courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. The Science Learning Center is staffed by a dedicated team of undergraduate peer tutor mentors who provide support through both drop in tutoring and supplemental instruction (SI) review sessions. The Science Learning Center sees on average 4,000 visits in the Fall semester, 3,000 visits in the Spring semester, and provides targeted tutoring support over the summer sessions. For more information about the Science Learning Center, please check out the Science Learning Center Page, or contact the Science Learning Center.
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    Primed Adaptive Studio for Success in Chemistry (PASSChem) and Curricular Redesign Program:

    A key component of the CBASE Grant is to provide departmental and faculty support with regards to increasing success rates of gatekeeper STEM courses. One key emphasis of CBASE curricular redesign is the General Chemistry sequence. Primed Adaptive Studio for Success in Chemistry (PASSChem) is a design-based research project aimed to improve the learning and success rates of students in General Chemistry. The PASSChem Project incorporates components of high impact curricular strategies such as flipped learning, studio teaching model, and peer led team learning, and the project will run the duration of the CBASE Grant. The CBASE Grant also supports other faculty to engage in the Curricular Redesign Program, which provides financial compensation and curricular support for faculty that undertake the task of redesigning a gatekeeper STEM course, with the ultimate goal of infusing student-centered, best-practices-based approach to the redesigned course. To learn more about the PASSChem Project or the Curricular Redesign Program, please contact the Science Learning Center. For faculty interested in applying for the Curricular Redesign Project, please see the application link on the Application Links page.
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    Plan2 (Summer Course Recovery) Program:

    The focus of the Plan2 program is to provide STEM students the opportunity to take (or re-take) key gatekeeper STEM courses over the summer sessions for the purpose of keeping them on track for timely graduation. Plan2 courses wholly focus on a student-centered classroom approach, with the goal to best support students in successfully completing the courses. Plan2 courses accomplish this goal by creating small (capped) classes taught by an experienced and compassionate faculty who focuses extensively on student support (recitation, extended office hours, and curricular redesign). Additionally, Plan2 courses are supported during the summer through the Science Learning Center, which equips each Plan2 course with tutoring support and supplemental instruction. For more information about Plan2 courses, please contact the Science Learning Center.

New Summer School Opportunities

Summer School Opportunities
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  • Housing and out-of-state tuition discounts
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CBASE newsletter

Contact Information:

Dr. Brian Vanden Heuvel

CBASE Director, Biology Professor

CBASE Office

Life Science (LS) 114
Phone: 719.549.2758 and 719.549.2787

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