What is the STEM Stream at DRI? - A career-long and lifelong continuum for STEM research, education, and application. This continuum consists of interactive learning opportunities that support individuals to exit and re-enter the STEM knowledge economy and workforce.
Our mission is to fulfill the educational aspects of DRI’s charter.
The STEM Stream is made up of five core areas, described below -
DRI's GreenPower outreach program supports Nevada's educators by bringing science-based, green concepts and practices to any preK-12 classroom. GreenPower offers professional development through this completely free program by providing the tools, resources, and knowledge they need, so all students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work, live and contribute in our community.
Available free through GreenPower, the Green Boxes for Education are built to give educators access to hands-on, science-based, activities and curriculum for a unit (1-2 weeks) on various environmental topics. Each Green Box is aligned to the Nevada State, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards.
DRI's Storm Peak Laboratory stationed high in the Colorado mountains, has a long history of providing educational experiences in atmospheric and hydrological sciences. Offering programs to the local community, SPL provides a practical, easily accessible facility for researchers, teahcers, and students of all ages.
Using real science in real time, we envision learners using DRI’s advanced monitoring networks to zoom in to collect their own data, ask their own questions, and feed their own curiosity using cutting edge technology that extends beyond what is currently available to provide a richer and more immersive educational experience. Real-time access to ecological monitoring networks, lab experiments, and field experiences are just a few of the potential topic areas. DRI is currently building the capacity to open DRI’s science research to any classroom, anywhere in the world.
We are driven by the following question:
DRI is currently building a virtual lab for high school environmental science using data from its EcoCELL facility. Upon completion of the lab, students will be able to: interpret data communicated graphically and apply it to questions about ecology and agriculture.
Students in the Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program study dynamic meteorology, atmospheric physics, mesoscale modeling, fire weather and climate, atmospheric chemistry and instrument development.
Students interested in Atmospheric Physics can participate in this program through the Physics Department at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Educational programs at Storm Peak Lab include graduate field work in Atmospheric Sciences, the Geoscience Research at Storm Peak (GRASP) program providing field research experiences for diverse undergraduate students, and a 5th and 6th grade weather and climate program.
DRI faculty serve as advisors for graduate students in a variety of degree programs at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prospective students may contact DRI faculty directly about research opportunities. For information on graduate research assistantships available through the Atmospheric Sciences programs please see the contacts below.
Vera Samburova, Associate Research Professor
Atmospheric Sciences, 2215 Raggio Parkway, Reno, NV 89512 USA
DHS faculty are actively involved in the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences (GPHS) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). The GPHS has always been a true collaboration between UNR and DRI and is one of the largest such programs in North America The program is consistently ranked among the top 10 in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. The goals of the program are to provide fundamental and advanced training to students with undergraduate backgrounds in science and engineering, in the critical fields of surface and subsurface hydrology.
DHS faculty are involved in the Water Resources Management Graduate Program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The WRM program is a flexible, interdisciplinary course of study leading to a Master of Science degree. It is a technically and scientifically based program that blends the physical aspects of the hydrologic sciences with policy and management issues. The WRM program is recommended for those with undergraduate degrees in physical, biological, natural sciences and engineering, social sciences, management, environmental studies, or related disciplines.
DRI faculty serve as advisors for graduate students in a variety of degree programs at the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prospective students may contact DRI faculty directly about research opportunities. For information on graduate research assistantships available through Hydrologic Sciences graduate programs please see the contacts below.
Laurel Saito, Associate Research Professor
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, University of Nevada, Reno
DRI provides significant research opportunities for graduate students as they pursue their advanced degrees, including a number of scholarships and fellowships:
The DRI Graduate Student Association (GRAD) is a group of graduate students who are advised by researchers here at DRI. Our mission is to enrich the graduate student experience and to represent, support, and promote graduate student interests and values at DRI. GRAD is a student-run organization which serves to coordinate the function and activities for graduate students from both the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas while working at DRI.