Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.65
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michael Stifter
Facilities Mgmt.
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Enhancing Undergraduate Student Research Activities through a KinniConsortium

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :
The goal of the KinniConsortium was to link campus-wide social-ecological research efforts taking place at UWRF with external agencies or organizations, actively communicate with the public about watershed issues, and provide undergraduate students opportunities to learn and practice research skills. The KinniConsortium established and enhanced partnerships and collaborations internally among UWRF research programs, and externally with agencies, organizations, and public stakeholders in the watershed.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):
The goals of the project were achieved by creating a framework for easy access to information about various research interests within the watershed, and through public engagement activities that allowed constructive deliberation among UWRF scientists, community leaders, agencies, and interested publics. A key priority of the KinniConsortium was to implement new undergraduate research activities during the 2015 calendar year and beyond. The Undergraduate Research and Discovery Grant (URDG) provided a foundation for the KinniConsortium, undergraduate research, and curriculum development that will continue to build UWRF capacity in the future. We also leveraged other undergraduate research funding opportunities at UWRF (i.e., the Undergraduate Stipend and Expenses Grant) to expand the project’s reach beyond the 6 students funded directly by the URDG. Further, our intent was to use the KinniConsortium as a pilot project to pursue additional funding, and we were successful in obtaining a grant through the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture Program towards an expanded undergraduate research portfolio that bridges boundaries between UWRF programs, colleges, and external youth outreach partners.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of 5):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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