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Broader Impacts

Broader Impact Statements

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jessica Oster
As a part of her Broader Impact, Dr. Jessica Oster, VU faculty member in Earth and Environmental Sciences worked with high school students in the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt on a project that used information from cave deposits to model prior climate conditions. The project “Paleoclimatic Reconstruction of Early Holocene Coastal California” was chosen as a semifinalist in the prestigious Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology and was presented by Jansen at the American Geological Society Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

The Collaborative for STEM Education and Outreach (CSEO) supports Vanderbilt faculty by helping them to develop, implement and evaluate broader impact activities, based on the evaluation criteria published by the NSF-funded Center for Advancing Research Impacts in Society (ARIS).

ARIS releases annual reports highlighting some of the achievements from the previous year. These broader impact activities range from increasing public awareness and improving societal well-being to discoveries that will transform the way we live.

While the Broader Impact Statement is specific to NSF/ARIS guidelines, the CSEO also offers support for non-NSF funding bodies who are looking to translate their research to the broader community.

Through various programs, the CSEO has linkages to many government and non-government agencies, including local community organizations. We are also eager to partner with VU and VUMC researchers to generate broader impact and community outreach grant proposals for mutual benefit. Our strong relationship with Metro Nashville Public schools enable us to bring STEM opportunities to K-12 through both new and existing frameworks (see below). We look forward to meeting with PI’s to develop a collaborative vision and to realize the subsequent implementation.

Below are links to CSEO programs with opportunities for broader impact activities. Click the links to learn more about how you can collaborate with one of these programs:

School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt

Interdisciplinary Science and Research Program

Scientist in the Classroom Partnership


For more information please call (615) 322-7132 or email Dr. Angela Eeds, Executive Director of the Collaborative for STEM Education and Outreach.

Some current/recent community partners

Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research

Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology

Richland Creek Watershed Alliance

Tennessee Environmental Council