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Monday, August 12, 2013
EPSCoR Welcomes Liz Nysson, Education, Outreach, and Diversity Coordinator
Wyoming EPSCoR is happy to welcome Liz Nysson, the new
Education, Outreach, and Diversity (EOD) Project Coordinator for the EPSCoR Research
Infrastructure and Improvement Program Track One (RII Track-1).
Liz and her dog Shelby
Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Liz attended the
University of Wyoming, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in Humanities & Fine
Arts and Women’s Studies, with a minor in Environmental Natural Resources in
2006. After graduating, Liz moved to Missoula, Montana where she worked as an
AmeriCorps Team Leader in the Office for Civic Engagement. After finishing her
AmeriCorps term, Liz went back to school to earn her Masters of Science in
Environmental Policy and Planning at the University of Michigan. After grad
school, Liz held a Wyss Fellowship at the Oregon Natural Desert Association in
Bend, Oregon to work for a non-profit organization. For Liz, coming back to Laramie is
an exciting opportunity and she is very happy to be working for EPSCoR.
“I was familiar with
EPSCoR, and I knew about the projects it had created in the past.I knew EPSCoR was a program with a lot of success
and support from not only the National Science Foundation, but also from the
University and the state.”
Liz enjoys her work, and she also strongly believes in the program.
“EPSCoR does so much to support student research
opportunities. It is so important to have a program on campus to facilitate and
champion undergraduate research,” she says. “As an undergrad, it’s often
difficult to find research opportunities. By enabling these opportunities,
EPSCoR helps students build their knowledge and work skills, and also improves
science education at the University of Wyoming."
As the EOD Coordinator, Liz is in charge of coordination
efforts and facilitating different aspects of EPSCoR and its programs.
“You can think of my job as being broken down into three
parts,” she says.“This includes
external engagement, workforce development, and diversity.”
Because her position is tied to the RII Track-1 grant, which
created the new Wyoming Center for Hydrology and Geophysics (WyCEHG), Liz’s responsibilities
are concurrently focused on supporting the establishment of a lasting center of
excellence in environmental hydrology and geophysics to support and improve science
and watershed management in Wyoming.
In the future, Liz hopes to expand the resources and
networks available to students and educators across the state of Wyoming, and
to encourage students from underrepresented groups to enter into and stay
engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic s fields.