snowflakes

test

STEM Stream

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.

Our vision:

  1. Create pathways for lifelong learning through quality research focused learning experiences and environments.
  2. Foster interest in STEM and the research and education missions of DRI.
  3. Support Nevada’s economic development and emerging industries through experiential learning opportunities for a STEM workforce.


CORE AREAS

The STEM Stream is made up of five core areas, described below - 

stemstream

 

Outreach Programs at DRI

GreenPower Outreach for Education

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.

Green Boxes for Education

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.

Storm Peak Laboratory Educational Outreach 

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.   

Virtual Learning at DRI

Virtual learning is a new STEM education project at DRI.

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 areasDRI 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: 

Is there a role for virtual learning tools to broaden access to active learning for science in K-12 in Nevada?

 

Current project:

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. 

IMG 0875Seedlings germinating in DRI's EcoCELL facility for the project.

Student Programs at DRI

Atmospheric Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program

Students in the Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program study dynamic meteorology, atmospheric physics, mesoscale modeling, fire weather and climate, atmospheric chemistry and instrument development.

Atmospheric Sciences Undergraduate Program

Students interested in Atmospheric Physics can participate in this program through the Physics Department at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Storm Peak Lab Programs

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.

Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Assistantships

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
Phone: 775.674.7149 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hydrologic Sciences

Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences

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.

Water Resources Management Graduate Program

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.

Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Assistantships

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
Phone: 775-784-1921 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships

DRI provides significant research opportunities for graduate students as they pursue their advanced degrees, including a number of scholarships and fellowships:

DRI Graduate Student Association

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.

Classes Taught by DRI Faculty

DRI faculty members participate in Atmospheric and Hydrologic Science academic programs with the University of Nevada, Reno, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Nevada State College. 

More Articles...

  1. Education and Outreach

This website uses cookies
We use cookies to personalise content, provide social media features and  analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our website. DRI Privacy Policy >>