Fostering Undergraduate Students’ Disciplinary Learning and Water Literacy (WELL)

|Overview| |Personnel| |Publications| |Presentations|

Project Overview
A 3-year IUSE Engaged Student Learning: Exploration project (DUE-1609598) focuses on the iterative design,  nsf_logoimplementation, and study of a new, interdisciplinary course for non-majors – SCIL/AECN/NRES 109: Water in Society – at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). The project will impact undergraduate students, primarily freshman, over three years, including students from low-SES backgrounds and underrepresented groups from Nebraska and beyond.  The project promotes cross-fertilization between hydrology, STEM education, and the decision sciences.  It is grounded in collaboration between faculty in the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) at the UNL, leveraging IANR’s Science Literacy Initiative, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, and recently-established Food, Energy, & Water in Society undergraduate minor.  By targeting 1st-year undergraduate students (i.e., STEM majors and non-majors), the project has the strong potential to impact the STEM workforce of tomorrow as well as cultivate water literacy.

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Project Personnel
Cory Forbes – Principal Investigator

Nicholas Brozovic, Associate Professor, Director of Policy, Water for Food Institute, UNL, Co-Investigator

Trenton Franz, Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources, UNL, Co-Investigator

Diane Lally – Diane Lally is currently a Ph.D. student in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Destini Petitt – Destini Petitt is currently a M.S. student in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Project Publications
Sabel, J.L., Vo, T., Alred, A., Dauer, J.M., & Forbes, C.T. (2017). Undergraduate students’ scientifically-informed decision-making about socio-hydrological issues. Journal of College Science Teaching, 46(6), 64-72.

Project Presentations
Forbes, C.T., Brozovic, N., Franz, T., Lally, D., & Pettit, D. (2016, September).  Fostering undergraduate students’ disciplinary learning and science literacyPoster presented at the 2016 meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA), Denver, CO. [Poster]

Sabel, J., Vo, T., Alred, A., Dauer, J., & Forbes, C. (2016, April). Undergraduate students’ scientifically-informed decision-making about water-based socioscientific issues. Poster presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Baltimore, MD.