On January 23rd David Williams, Department of Botany Department Head/Professor of Botany and Chip Kobulnicky, Professor of Physics and Astronomy were joined by Ella, a UW junior to talk to JHHS students about the UW Science Initiative and student experiences and opportunities at the university.
"The Science Initiative (SI) will create a world-leading educational and research experience at the University of Wyoming. The initiative includes both programs to enhance science education and a proposed new SI facility that will transform interdisciplinary research and education. When complete--and in combination with the Enzi STEM Building, the Engineering Education and Research Building, the High Bay Research Facility, and the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center--the University of Wyoming will have world class facilities and infrastructure to attract distinguished faculty and recruit top notch students who pursue STEM careers.
During the visit, Professor Kobulnicky and Professor Williams visited several classes and students from Conceptual Physics, Anatomy, AP environmental science, FabLab, and Forensics where they discussed the college experience from the student lens, the shift in teaching practices and learning spaces at the college level, specifically UW’s shift from whole group - large lectures to small group, interactive labs, emphasizing learning through doing. The discussion also highlighted the tremendous opportunities students have to work personally with their professors at UW, undergraduate funding opportunities direct to students.
This visit provided JHHS students a terrific opportunity to speak directly with professors and a student to learn more about opportunities at UW as well as discussing how to take the steps now to challenge themselves and take responsibility for their own learning in an effort to be more prepared for their post-secondary lives, whether those plans include college, military, or entering the workforce.