Environmental Sciences

Vermont EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity Names New Coordinator

Release Date: 09-27-2010

Contact: University Communications Staff
Email: newserv@uvm.edu
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The Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VT EPSCoR) has appointed Miranda Lescaze as the coordinator of the VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD). The center recognizes the increasing importance of cultivating and preparing a diverse science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and social science workforce in Vermont and providing research internship opportunities for meritorious high school, undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing these areas of study.

The Streams Project, launched in 2007 by VT EPSCoR, is a main initiative of the CWDD. The CWDD will help connect interested students in social science and STEM areas with faculty and private sector mentors throughout Vermont from the high school to graduate level at multiple institutions and companies through a competitive application process. The CWDD aims to help ensure, in partnership with participating institutions, equal educational research opportunities for all students, inclusive of a responsive environment for students with disabilities.

Lescaze has an extensive background in watershed coordination and research, project management and education and is strongly committed to preparing a diverse workforce for the next generation of scientists. Most recently, she taught science and math at the middle school level in Essex, Vt. She holds a master of science degree in water resources from the University of Vermont and a bachelor of arts in geology from Carleton College, in addition to her teaching certification.

Lescaze is highly familiar with the Lake Champlain Basin having served as the technical coordinator for the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) and as the Watershed Coordinator for the Friends of the Mad River.

For inquires about CWDD or internship opportunities, contact Lescaze at miranda.lescaze@uvm.edu

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