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SMART (Stormwater Management Research Team): Creating a Diverse STEM Pathway with Community Water Research

SMART seeks to empower females and minorities to use science and engineering to research water quality in their local watershed. Students engage in numerous science and technology fields: engineering design, data acquisition, analysis and visualization, chemistry, environmental science, biology, and information technology. Students also connect with a diversity of professionals in water and engineering in government, private firms and non-profits. Dedicated mentors support SMART students as they research water issues within their communities. SMART began in the State of Maine. Now, through an NSF INCLUDES grant, SMART has expanded to eight states (New York, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Idaho, and California), where partners are designing stormwater-themed projects that address their location and demographic specific needs.

Project URL: https://umaine.edu/smart/

Geographic Scope: Maine, New York, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, California

Status: Active

Recruiting Volunteers: Yes, this project is recruiting

Participation Tasks: Classification or tagging, Data analysis, Data entry, Identification, Learning, Measurement, Observation, Problem solving, Sample analysis, Site selection and/or description, Specimen/sample collection,

Start Date: 2014-06-01

Project Contact: jishio@maine.edu

Federal Government Sponsor:

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Other Federal Government Sponsor:

Name of Nonfederal Sponsors: University of Maine; City College of New York; University of North Carolina, Charlotte; University of South Florida; University of Alabama; Mississippi State University; Missouri Institute of Science & Technology; Boise State University; Stanford University

Project Topic: Biology, Chemistry, Computers and technology, Ecology and environment, Education, Nature and outdoors, Physics,

Intended Outcomes: Programmatic, Research development, Civic and community, Individual learning, Conservation,