How the enterprises of science as a cultural institution intersects with other sectors and institutions of society, and how scientific institutions and individual STEM professionals engage the public.

STEM Ambassadors Program (STEMAP) (2019 - 2021)

Center researchers Dr. Julie Risien and Holly Cho are working in partnership with the University of Utah, Michigan State University, and the Institute of Learning Innovation on the STEM Ambassador Program.

Landscape Overview of University Systems and People Supporting Scientists in their Public Engagement Efforts (2017-2018)

This study was commissioned by the Rita Allen Foundation to support a national scale initiative to support scientists in their public engagement efforts.  Scientists and engineers wishing to conduct public engagement do so in the context of established disciplinary norms and complex institutional systems that may support or limit their success. This study resulted in a report that conveys the known complexity and unique challenges for universities trying to support scientists in their public engagement work. It also summarizes the potential levers of change to improve this system.

On-the-Spot Assessment to Improve Scientist Engagement with the Public (OTS) (2018-2021)

The collaborative OTS project will develop a framework of strategies for STEM professionals to use during public engagement outreach events. The project builds on the theory of change that if scientists have training and access to the right resources then they will gain confidence and an understanding of how to flexibly engage with their audience. This two-phase study will work with scientists to create effective strategies that are field-tested across a variety of activity types, leading the project towards a validated OTS model for scientists.

Revealing Progress toward Promotion and Tenure Reform in the Academy (2018-2020)

Funded by the Kavli Foundation, Center researchers Julie Risien, Holly Cho, and Brianna Keys are conducting this research in collaboration with several partners including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the American Association of Universities, and the Association of Public and Landgrant Universities.  Researchers are working to uncover and broadly share examples that demonstrate the department-scale pr

Research and Development on Understanding STEM Identity Using Live Experiences (2017-20)

In collaboration with the Pratt Institute and Guerilla Science, the Center's Martin Storksdieck, Kari O'Connell, and Brianna Keys are exploring how audiences with little or no affinity for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can become more engaged with STEM ideas through live, immersive experiences.

Curiosity Machine (2017-19)

Under the leadership of Drs. Kelly Riedinger and Martin Storksdieck with assistance from Victoria Bonebrake, the Center will collaborate with Iridescent to study the impact of parental involvement in STEM (science-technology-engineering-mathematics) project-based learning using their Curiosity Machine program.

BID: Grounding Institutional Partnerships in Structures for Broader Impacts Design (2017-2022)

Higher education institutions and informal science education centers share a common interest in lowering the barriers that separate science and the public. These groups desire tools and strategies for developing mutually beneficial relationships to work together towards this common interest.

GLOBE: Citizen Science Needs Assessment (2016-18)

Led by Dr. Heather Fischer and Dr. Martin Storksdieck, OSU’s STEM Research Center will conduct a needs assessment that will inform the expansion of the NASA GLOBE program to citizen scientists outside the K-12 arena. More specifically, we will identify needs of key audiences and assess how well an envisioned program expansion will likely meet those needs. The purpose of the project is project development, not research.

AAAS Science of Team Science (2016-18)

trellis AAAS logoLed by Martin Storksdieck and Louise Woodley, the STEM Research Center and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have partnered to develop a research program that examines the processes by which scientific teams organize, communicate, and collaborate through

Broader Impacts: Understanding STEM Principle Investigators’ Approach to Informal Education (Fall 2013)

informalscience.orgThe STEM Research Center is working with the NSF-funded Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education – CAISE – to assist the NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program to enhance the quality of investigators’ broader impact efforts by improving their understanding of and connections with out-of-school educational resources like science centers, media, community organizations, and the web.  Center staff conducted interviews with STEM principle investigators from sev