Education and Outreach

NH EPSCoR encourages inquiry-based learning which has been shown to inspire students towards careers in science.  It has reached over 4,500 people in the state through outreach and workforce development activities and by fostering learning communities. 

Teachers across the state are utilizing new research technology, collecting real-time data and bringing it into the classroom.  EPSCoR programs and scholarships build the STEM pipeline and engage underrepresented and underserved students in scientific research, turning them on to science at the critical age when many from rural communities, girls and minorities become disinterested in science and math.

Activities include:

Summer Camp Scholarships

NH EPSCoR provides scholarships to support students and youth participating in summer camps that engage them in science, technology, engineering, and math.  Scholarships are awarded to those who are in financial need, first-generation, live in rural communities, minorities, women, disabled and/or part of other underrepresented or underserved groups.  Recipients are selected by the director of the camp. Learn More

Research Experiences for Teachers

NH EPSCoR supports teachers in obtaining research experiences in order to more effectively explain scientific topics to their middle and high school students.  The Research Experiences for Teachers is a summer program that provides a community for educators to learn about and implement research, as well help each other design ways to incorporate important subjects into their classroom curriculum.  This year’s focus is on the interaction between ecosystems and society and their resulting impacts on each other.  Learn More

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

NH EPSCoR also supports undergraduate students seeking research experiences to provide real-world application to the material they learned in their classrooms.  The Research Experiences for Undergraduates is a summer program offers a learning community where undergraduates can inquire more deeply upon topics of interests with faculty research advisors in their fields.  This year’s focus is on the interaction between ecosystems and society and their resulting impacts on each other.  Learn More 

Stream Safari (4H after school program)

NH EPSCoR is partnering with UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H educators and volunteers to develop after-school programs for middle and high school students.  Emerging programs will be piloted in Manchester and Nashua, NH to engage young men and women from NH’s most diverse urban cities into researching the measurements, observations, and analyses of NH’s urban hydrology and snowpack.  Learn More

Volunteer Science

NH EPSCoR’s offers several opportunities for community members to get involved: 

The NH LoVoTECS Network is coordinated by a group of researchers, staff and students at Plymouth State University and implemented by a broad group of partners, including educators, researchers, government agencies, non-profit organizations and citizen scientist. Our goal is to improve our understanding of New Hampshire’s water resources and help develop a technically advanced workforce by providing educational opportunities to interact with large data sets.  Learn More

CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, hail, Snow Network) serves as a community-based network of weather observer volunteers and is today the single largest provider of daily precipitation observations in the United States.  This program is a joint collaborative with both NOAA and NSF.  The New Hampshire network of teachers and students measures important precipitation and snow events.  Learn More 

CoCoRAHS Albedo Project: This group is led by Elizabeth Burakowski, a Ph.D. candidate at UNH, and her group of volunteers who take daily measurements of precipitation during the winter months.  Burakowski’s doctoral research measures the albedo or surface reflectivity of the NH landscape in winter.  The volunteer albedo measurement network is a sub group within NH CoCoRaHS and is the first of its kind.  Watch Video

Teacher Workshops

Through the volunteer network LoVoTECS, Plymouth State University hosts a series of hydrological workshops for K-14 educators. Utilizing the Data Discovery Center, these workshops provide an opportunity for teachers and their students to participate in real research experiences through the gathering and analysis of water quality data, promoting important scientific process skills and inquiry. 

Volunteers for the CoCoRahS network recieve training providing them with the resources they need to engage their students in the process of scientific discovery. To date, teacher training has focused on CoCoRaHS data collection methods; however, future workshops will provide teachers additional training in CoCoRaHS data utilization and appropriate use of the resources available through the Data Discovery Center to develop inquiry-rich learning units for the formal classroom.

Travel Awards

To encourage undergraduate student research in the physical sciences, mathematics, computing science, and engineering, NH EPSCoR is offering a limited number of travel awards of up to $500 to attend a national meeting or conference with a faculty adviser and present a paper or poster.  Awards are based on merit, integrity of the research and financial need, as determined by the student's home institution.  Undergraduate students in degree programs at two-year and four-year colleges in NH are eligible.
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Science Cafés

The Portsmouth Science Café provides a unique chance for members of the public to learn about and discuss issues in contemporary science from local scientists in a relaxed atmosphere.  The goal is to foster healthy communities through science-based discussion of issues critical to New Hampshire’s future.  They are open to anyone who wants to listen in or interact in a friendly discussion.  Click here for more information.

Stay Work Play

NH EPSCoR partners with Stay Work Play, a nonprofit organization that was established in 2009 to support ongoing development of the state of NH’s economy, workforce, and communities. 

NH EPSCoR Challenge Grants: Stay Work Play developed an employee retention program that would provide incentives for companies to hire recent NH college graduates while enrolling them into a student debt repayment program.  NH EPSCoR provides challenge grants to these companies, providing funding to be used for wages and benefits that is matched by company contributions to student loans.  Learn More