“We are thrilled to be part of this important grant to advance STEM education. Field studies and interdisciplinary education are at the heart of SNU’s active learning teaching approach.”
– Dr. Andy Rost
NSF Grant Advances Biology Education and Supports Healthy Rivers
Sierra Nevada University (SNU) professor Dr. Andy Rost and five collaborators from universities around the country were just awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to advance river field studies.
The Research Collaborative Network in Undergraduate Biology five-year, $500,000 grant will build on the one-year incubator grant the collaborative received in 2019. The RIVER (River-based ImmersiVe Education & Research) group established the River Field Studies Network, which connects rivers, people, and science through immersive field education.
SNU has been an active participant in the River Field Studies Network since its inception. For almost 10 years, Dr. Andy Rost, Dean of Faculty and Associate Professor, Science and Technology, has co-taught popular field courses on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon with SNU professor Daryl Teittinen.
The Science and Technology program at SNU offers majors in Biology, Ecology, Earth Science, and Natural Resource Management. SNU’s unique interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking and environmental, social, economic and educational sustainability.
James Vonesh, Ph.D., lead principal investigator, Assistant Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University
Sarah Yarnell-Hayes, Ph.D., co-principal investigator, Research Professor at the Center for Watershed Sciences at University of California, Davis
Denielle Perry, Ph.D., co-principal investigator, at the School of Earth and Sustainability at Northern Arizona University
Andy Rost, Ph.D., co-principal investigator, Associate Professor, Science and Technology Department at Sierra Nevada University
Mathieu Brown, co-principal investigator, co-director of the Grand Canyon Semester and Associate Professor at Prescott College in Arizona