Sophie Pierszalowski, Thaddaeus Buser, and Susan Rowe

Congratulations to Sophie Pierszalowski, Thaddaeus Buser, and Susan Rowe on being ARIS 2020 Fellowship Award Recipients!

The 2020 ARIS Fellows will conduct collaborative research and synthesize available evidence to create tools and resources that support the research community to advance the quality of their research impacts work. Fellows coordinate their efforts with each other and provide regular, detailed updates on progress to ARIS. By December 2020 all projects will be submitted for external peer review so that the individuals and teams can make any necessary revisions before presenting their products at the April 2021 Annual ARIS Summit.

Sophie Pierszalowski, PhD. and Thaddaeus Buser, PhD. Candidate, will be working on the project Mentoring the next generation: A roadmap for using undergraduate research to broaden participation and impact in STEM. This project will present best practices for undergraduate research experiences that are known to promote inclusion in STEM in order to help scientists formulate more effective broader impacts.

Susan Rowe, PhD. will be working on the project An Introduction to Successful K-12 Broader Impacts Planning and eLearning Pathways. This project will, in response to COVID-19, deliver a "just in time" introductory open source online curriculum to inspire researchers and professionals to use state of the art technology to engage audiences more directly in virtual spaces making clear connections between broader impacts and the approaches of engaged scholarship.

The Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) Center works with U.S. and international scientists and engagement practitioners to build capacity, advance scholarship, grow partnerships and provide resources to help them engage with and demonstrate the impact of research in their communities and society. The ARIS Center emphasizes support for serving traditionally underserved populations while providing inclusive public engagement to ensure a diverse science workforce.

Founded in September 2018 after being awarded a $5.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), ARIS has advisors, partners, research and higher educational support from more than 25 of the leading organizations and experts from around the world. The ARIS Fellows program is led out of the STEM Research Center at Oregon State University by ARIS Co-Investigator Julie Risien. More information about all of the 2020 Fellows and their projects can be found at