Dr. Lara Gengarelly is a State Specialist with UNH Cooperative Extension in Science Literacy and an Affiliate Associate Professor with the Leitzel Center. Her focus is to strengthen partnerships and collaborations among UNH faculty and staff who work on enhancing K-12 STEM education, secure grant funding to support statewide STEM education initiatives, coordinate and direct STEM programs for youth and educators, and carry out applied research in the field of science education. This collaboration with UNH Cooperative Extension has resulted in several impactful outcomes. For example, the UNH STEM Education Learning Community (SELC) was founded and is co-led by Gengarelly and Ruth Varner. SELC currently has approximately 70 UNH faculty and staff members and hosts approximately 4-5 events per year with a purpose of strengthening communication and collaboration among UNH faculty and staff involved in STEM education.
With support from the Dreyfus Foundation, we are launching a two-year program designed to provide enrichment in geochemistry for high school chemistry teachers. The program consists of academic year workshops and classroom support from a UNH graduate student.
NH EPSCoR works to effect sustainable improvement in the capacities of NH's universities and colleges to compete for research and development funds. Their efforts in education and human resource development focus on the growth and support of STEM research and training.
NERU is a collaboration between the University of New Hampshire and the Abisko Scientific Research Station in Abisko, Sweden. The program provides undergraduate students a summer research opportunity to explore climate change on ecosystems in Northern Sweden and the northeastern US.
Project SMART is a four-week summer institute that challenges, educates, and motivates talented high school students in science and mathematics, while acquainting them with the environment and resources of the University as a place for higher education and research.
The collaboration is an interdisciplinary effort to strengthen the STEM pipeline, increasing K-12 teachers' expertise in computing, engineering and technology and extending the impact of excellent STEM teachers to more students throughout the state.
The UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS), the UNH College of Life Science and Agriculture (COLSA), the InterOperability Lab (IOL), the Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping (CCOM), the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY), Maine Missile, Math, and Science Club, and Wildlife Encounters are collaborating to offer a summer science and engineering experience on the University of New Hampshire's Durham campus. We will offer three different camp experiences for 6th through 10th graders: Engineeristas, Techsplorers, and Techventures.