Past Programs


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Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), ADVANCE at UNH began with a grant focusing on increasing the representation of women in academic science and engineering careers, which then led to the larger NSF - UNH ADVANCE project. 


Advancing Science

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Advancing Science provides teacher training to science and mathematics teachers in New Hampshire, and offers an instrument loan program for teaching molecular biology, spectroscopy, molecular modeling, and chromatography.

Center for Excellence in Geoscience Education (CEGE)

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CEGE brought together academic groups in sciences and education, a UNH research institute and a STEM outreach center. Our work included K-12 curriculum development, teacher professional development, and graduate/undergraduate/informal STEM education. 

EPSCoR’s Safe Beaches & Shellfish

The Safe Beaches & Shellfish project, a three-year study funded by the National Science Foundation, was a collaboration between NH EPSCoR and Maine EPSCoR. Researchers from Maine and New Hampshire used cutting-edge theories and methods from the field of sustainability science to tackle problems related to the closure of shellfish beds and posting of beach advisories due to high levels of pathogenic bacteria in coastal regions.

GEOChem Program


With support from the Dreyfus Foundation, the GEOChem program was designed to provide enrichment in geochemistry for high school chemistry teachers which consisted of academic year workshops and classroom support from a UNH graduate student.


INTEL Mathematics Program for K-8 Educators

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INTEL Mathematics Program for K-8 Educators is a content-intensive mathematics professional development in the form of a course co-facilitated by a practicing mathematician and a mathematics educator. The course emphasizes participants' understanding of core K – 8 mathematics concepts.

NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE)

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Elizabeth City State University joined with the University of New Hampshire to present a program for faculty of education at minority serving institutions to engage their preservice teachers in learning about global climate change through the use of NASA Earth observation datasets.

NH EPSCoR’s Ecosystems and Society Project

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NH EPSCoR’s Ecosystems and Society Project, a five-year study funded by the National Science Foundation, was aimed at acquiring a deeper understanding of the relationships between land use, regional climate change, water quality, soil processes, forest dynamics, snow behavior, and management policies. Intensive measurement and modeling efforts of New Hampshire’s ecosystems represented the central research activities of this project. Also studied were public and stakeholder perceptions and EPSCoR researchers explored ways to improve the success of communicating science with policy implications.

NorthEast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP)


The NEAGEP was one of 26 NSF-funded Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) in the US. The goal was to increase the number of domestic students receiving doctoral degrees and entering the professoriate in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), responded to the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers in middle and secondary schools.

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)


Funded by NH EPSCoR, RET 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. Teachers work on research projects guided by faculty mentors and graduate students.

The RET summer research experience includes regular meetings and socials for teachers to share the progress of their work. School year follow-up to support the integration of the summer research experience and inquiry-based activities within the curriculum is also provided.

STEM Teachers' Academy

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One of 12 programs developed to meet the Youth Science Cooperative Outreach needs, led by the U.S. Armed Services and Virginia Technical Institute partnered with the Academy of Applied Science, the National Science Teachers Association, and educational institutions. They provided research-based training in the STEM disciplines.

Sun to Ice

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Sun to Ice is an NSF-funded UNH research project. The related research aims to investigate extreme solar events and their effects on Earth by detailed studies of each process in the chain from Sun to Ice, as energetic particles travel to Earth, enter our atmosphere, and ultimately collide with our planet.  As the education and outreach partner on the project, the Leitzel Center brings intensive STEM professional development to high school physics, chemistry, astronomy, and Earth and physical science teachers.  Teachers are paired with Sun to Ice researchers or collaborators, to explore a specific research topic.

Transforming Earth Systems Science Education (TESSE)

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A professional development program for K-12 teachers, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. TESSE provided an authentic research experience along with the opportunity to develop inquiry-based curriculum models for Earth Science instruction.

Watershed Watch / UNH CONNECT

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Developed from a project funded by the National Science Foundation, this workshop introduces students to scientific methods of studying both aquatic and terrestrial areas of a watershed. Watershed Watch also offers a shortened version as a mini-course for UNH CONNECT. The May 2013 Watershed Watch focused on the Pasquotank Watershed.