The Literacy Practicum
The Literacy Practicum (LING 1900) is an outreach program that works with members of the Boulder community to provide resources and support in literacy and language learning. We work with elementary school children learning to read as well as English language learners of all ages who need assistance in reading, writing, and speaking English. The collaboration involves sending CU Boulder students (or "Buff Buddies") to one of our community partners on a weekly basis to volunteer as mentors for children, adolescents, and adults within the Boulder area...
A pilot Colorado-Brazil Program on Sustainable Development Education
This project responds to a direct request from the Acre Government and the Federal University of Acre (UFAC), Brazil to join with the University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) to establish a robust education and exchange program focused on interdisciplinary forest-based natural resource management. The project will unite professors and students from across UCB and UFAC, and high-level decision-makers and civil servants in the Acre Government...
Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre Internship Program
Improving Environmental Communication and Adaptation Decision-Making in the Humanitarian Sector
CU-Boulder has partnered with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCRCCC) to place graduate students in locations in eastern and southern Africa each summer. This collaborative program targets improvements in environmental communication and adaptation decision-making as well as disaster prevention and preparedness in the humanitarian sector...
Acequia Assistance Project
Acequia is an Arabic word that means "water bearer." An acequia is a physical irrigation system - a ditch -- but the term "acequia" in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado also describes a philosophy about water and community. That philosophy encompasses the concept that water is so essential to life that it is a communal resource, one which must be shared...
Adaptation and Variation in Colorado mammals: A new classroom kit for 4th grade
We are working to develop a new "Classroom Kit" for 4th grade classrooms to learn about Biological evolution-variation and adaptation-through exploring the natural history of native Colorado mammals. Classroom Kits, as developed by the CU Museum of Natural History, are collections of materials and activities on a particular theme. They allow students to perform hands-on investigations of objects that they would normally never have access to at school and the materials get to stay with teachers permanently...
Adaptation and Variation: Colorado Animals and Plants
Adaptation and Variation: Colorado Animals and Plants (recommended for 3rd - 5th grades)
How do different animals adapt to their environment? What are ways we classify plants and animals? Explore the structure and function, interaction and interdependence of life all around us in this hands-on guided program.
Guided programs at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History on the CU-Boulder campus are designed as interactive and hands-on learning experiences where students use objects, inquiry, and critical thinking skills to discover, wonder and reflect...
Advancing Algebra with Active Learning: Research in Action
The Boulder Valley School District is concerned by a passing rate of only 65% in 9th grade Algebra I. This 35% failure rate includes a disproportionate number of minority students.
The goal of Advancing Algebra is to develop, implement, and assess active learning strategies for improving this passing rate. Active learning is a focus of Professor Eric Stade's collaborative research with the School of Education...
Alternative Breaks, a program of the Volunteer Resource Center, sends teams of college students to engage in community-based service projects during academic breaks. Students learn about the problems faced by members of communities with whom they may otherwise have had little or no direct contact. This immersion in diverse environments enables students to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way, ultimately, moving students towards action in making a positive impact in their own communities...
Alumni Association of University of Colorado at Boulder
When you set foot on the CU-Boulder campus as a student, you also become a part of the #ForeverBuffs family which receives benefits from the Alumni Association - all without paying any dues! Here are just a few of those perks:
Alumni Chapters: Whether you're staying in Colorado, traveling in the U.S. or abroad, contact one of our alumni chapters to meet other #ForeverBuffs for help with your career or for fun social outings...
American Indian Law Clinic: Tribal Outreach Projects
The American Indian Law Clinic Tribal Outreach Projects provide free, pro bono legal services to tribal communities, while giving students the opportunity to meaningfully interface with community members and leaders and have access and exposure to the real-life environment where Indian law issues have an impact. In the American Indian Law Clinic, students learn about and work on behalf of tribal communities on a variety of projects involving federal Indian law and legal systems in Indian Country...
American Music Research Center
The American Music Research Center is a joint venture of the University Libraries and College of Music devoted to the discovery of new information about American music and to the sharing of those discoveries with the wider community. The AMRC sponsors concerts and scholarly activities related to American music of all kinds such as its annual journal and guest speakers featured at annual symposia.
Animal Adaptation Hands-on Workshop
Animal Adaptaion Hands-on Workshop (recommended for 3rd - 5th grades)
Explore skulls and tracks to learn about the characteristics, adaptations, and variation of Colorado animals. Students make their own animal track to take home.
Workshops are offered in conjunction with guided programs to provide a more in-depth learning experience; students will create an object of their own to take home...
Aquetza Youth Leadership, Education, and Community Empowerment Program
Aquetza is a free, 10-day summer residential program on the campus of CU Boulder that provides high school students with strong ties to Chicano/Latino communities from across Colorado with an interactive, academic enrichment experience focused on engaging Chican@/Latin@ youth in examining the history, literature, health science, and relevant social and political issues surrounding their cultural communities, through rigorous academic work in ethnic studies, writing, reading, and science...
Art Meets Science: Teaching 3D Modeling of Cell Structures to Middle School Students
The importance of integrating visual and spatial skills to engage learners has been well documented. Children are visual and creative beings, and it follows that teaching science in a visual-spatial environment will aid in their ability to learn and help them become excited about science. In this project, we offer a unique outreach opportunity to blend art with science by partnering with a St...
Assessing Drinking Water Quality on Colorado's Western Slope
The goal of this project is to assist in a new study of risks to private drinking water wells in six counties on the Colorado's Western Slope. The study, just funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is directed by Kenneth Nordstrom, the director of Environmental Health at the Health Department of Delta County. The six counties, which include
Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel, are part of the West Central Public Health Partnership (WCPHP)...
Astronomy Day at CU
Every year for the past decade, Sommers-Bausch Observatory and Fiske Planetarium have opened their doors to the public for a free, day-long CU Astronomy Day celebration. The Saturday date varies from year to year, but is usually held during the last two weeks in April shortly before school lets out. Activities begin around noon and continue through the late evening hours...
Attention, Behavior, and Learning Clinic
The Attention, Behavior, and Learning (ABL) Clinic in the CU Department of Psychology provides affordable, comprehensive evaluations for children and adolescents in Boulder and surrounding communities. The program specializes in assessment of learning differences, attention problems, and other cognitive, emotional, or behavioral difficulties. We offer a limited number of scholarship slots so that we are able to serve a diverse group of families...
This is an outreach program that meets a requirement for a course taught in the School of Education. The collaboration involves sending CU-Boulder students that are participating in the Knowing and Learning teacher licensure course to various middle and high schools in BVSD to serve as AVID tutors. AVID is a nationwide program designed to provide extra academic support for first-generation college bound high school students who show promise in their academic careers...
Honeybees are arguably the most important pollinators in our food system, and due to several environmental and social factors, their populations have been in significant decline in the last decade. Monitoring honeybees is critical, yet there is no comprehensive method by which to do so. This project addresses the need to better understand the decline of the honeybee population and how evidence based design can offer sustainable solutions...
Biological Sciences Initiative
The Biological Sciences Initiative (BSI) envisions scientific literacy among all citizens, increasing their understanding of the relevance of science to their lives and empowering them to make informed health, environmental and political choices. To promote diversity and inclusiveness in the sciences and scientific literacy, BSI provides research, classroom and professional development experiences to those interested in the biosciences at many levels, while particularly serving those with limited opportunities and/or from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences...