Research Education and Engagement

The choices societies make regarding science and technological advancements result in the most effective outcomes when local knowledge is leveraged and cultural values are integrated into the decision-making processes. Multiple sets of expertise must be represented in the process of forming science and technology policies in order to properly address the complex problems of today. To help train reflective individuals that see the big picture, work in interdisciplinary teams, and can contribute to this process, CSPO coordinates an array of education and engagement activities. In addition to undergraduate courses and interdisciplinary graduate programs that integrate natural sciences, engineering, and sustainability, CSPO faculty and students have developed programs that reach into communities to involve broader audiences in science engagement activities, in partnership with museums, government programs, high schools, general circulation magazines, think tanks, and more.