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STEM students present at first UMN Student Sustainability Symposium

The Institute of Environment hosted the first-ever University of Minnesota Student Sustainability Symposium. Students from nine schools and colleges within the University presented posters on their sustainability research. Among these were graduate students Jeremy Wang, Engin Karahan, Devarati Bhattacharya, Shiyu Liu, and Research Associate Younkyeong Nam, all of whom who are working on the CYCLES Project through the STEM Education Center.

The graduate students on the CYCLES team submitted a proposal to present their CYCLES project poster at the Symposium. They were among 40 students selected to present their research at the Student Sustainability Symposium.

The CYCLES project consists of a three-year teaching initiative targeting science teachers from reservation schools, or from schools that have large populations of native students. Project goals include strengthening these teachers' understanding of fundamental Earth-System Science and Global Climate Change concepts, developing culturally-responsive teaching strategies focusing on Global Climate Change, and improving both teachers' and students' knowledge of Global Climate Change. The CYCLES project approaches this topic in a way that presents the similarities between Native American and scientific explanations of the natural world.

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