One of the goals of the center is to attract a more diverse student base into STEM disciplines, especially those from Hispanic and Native American cultures. The CREST grant will go a long way toward meeting this goal. A variety of outreach and recruitment activities will encourage K-12 students to consider STEM disciplines, such as:

  • The development of a mobile, trailer-mounted demonstration unit called a Water Activity Vehicle and Experience (WAVE), which will allow students to understand and experience water-related research in a hands-on way.
  • The development of a new dual-enrollment course in sustainability and water engineering, which will be offered to Albuquerque high school students, allowing them to receive both high school and college credit for the completion of the course.
  • The development of a two-week summer field class, modeled after the water resources field methods class at UNM, that will be offered to incoming freshmen and transfer students. The class will allow students to spend several days at a UNM learning laboratory and several days conducting field research on a water-environmental topic.
  • Support of retention programs for students, such as mentoring, tutoring, advising, involvement in student organizations, participation in conference and research, contests and competitions, and internships.