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Contact Information:

Dr. Brian Vanden Heuvel

CBASE Director, Biology Professor

CBASE Office

Life Science (LS) 114
Phone: 719.549.2758 and 719.549.2787

Science Learning Center

Life Science (LS) 122
Phone: 719.549.2652

Communities to Build Active STEM Engagement (CBASE)

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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    CBASE 2.0 Program:

    The purpose of CBASE 2.0 is to engage teams of first year undergraduate students in diverse fields in content-relevant projects, under the mentorship of a knowledgeable mentor. The CBASE 2.0 Mentor program leverages the expertise of undergraduate student leaders, graduate students, faculty, staff, and community members to play an active role in scaffolding and facilitating a CBASE 2.0 Project for a group of 5-10 first year undergraduate students within their discipline area. CBASE 2.0 Mentors will play a dynamic role in mentoring undergraduate students through all aspects of the project including: project design, project implementation, project reporting, and delivery of appropriate project deliverables.

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    Experiential Education (EE) Program:

    The purpose of the EE Program is to recruit engaged faculty, staff, and community members to play an active role in scaffolding an experiential education project for an undergraduate student within their discipline area, and provide active mentorship.

    EE Mentors will play a dynamic role in mentoring undergraduate students through all aspects of the EE project including: project design, project implementation, project reporting, and delivery of appropriate project deliverables. For more information about the EE Program, please visit the EE Program Page, or contact CBASE Assistant Director Abby Davidson. 

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    Science Learning Center (SLC):

    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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    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 purpose 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.

Contact Information:

Dr. Brian Vanden Heuvel

CBASE Director, Biology Professor

CBASE Office

Life Science (LS) 114
Phone: 719.549.2758 and 719.549.2787

Science Learning Center

Life Science (LS) 122
Phone: 719.549.2652

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