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Research Stories

Ellen Eisenbeis
Junior, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability 2016-17
Mentors: Dr. Greg Newman and Dr. Sarah Newman,

“The SUPER program to me has been one of my favorite experiences at CSU. It allowed me to work alongside an amazing team of professionals and gave me an inside look, into how research is conducted professionally. I watched the team develop proposals, create business plans, and prepare for professional conferences and I know that my observation of them will influence how I go about those same things in the future. I have also been able to continue working with the team now even after finishing the SUPER program.”

Alannah Leibert
Junior, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability 2016-17
Mentors: Dr. Robert Flynn and Dr. Gabriel Senay, North Central Climate Science Center

“When participating in SUPER, I was connected to the North Central Climate Science Center to create vulnerability assessments for US Air Force Bases. We worked to research protected species within the boundaries of these bases and how these species may be impacted by projected changes in climate, helping establish priorities for environmental managers.”

“This program helped me understand research in areas I thought I had already mastered, from learning to communicate with mentors to forming an attractive and informative scientific poster. To top it all off, I ended up continuing my work with the NCCSC and am still working with them today – without SUPER, I may have never met my team!”

Connor McCarty
Junior, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability 2016-17
Mentor: Dr. Stacy Lynn, East African International Research Experience for Students

“My project focused on characterizing problematic plant species in the drylands of northern Tanzania. The purpose was to identify which species were problematic in the area and to create a non-western definition of problematic traits. Using focus groups, I collected data on which plants people found to be problematic in the area. The participants then ranked the plants and further classified the three most problematic species.”

“SUPER and IRES have been a wonderful experience for my educational, professional, and personal growth. My research development skills, field experiences, and ability to adapt have improved immensely. I now know better how to better communicate with my research team and across language barriers.”