Below are the available CSU STEM VISTA positions for the 2017-2018 program year. A map with campus locations can be found here.
Humboldt State University, STEM Community Expansion Coordinator: Laying the foundation for students’ experiences through building community and making connections can profoundly impact their lives. As a VISTA at Humboldt State, you will improve the student on-boarding process for STEM first-time freshman and transfer students to enable students to achieve greater academic success and develop a strong sense of community and belonging. Humboldt State University is the northernmost CSU campus, renowned for its spectacular natural setting of a coastal redwood forest. The VISTA will 1) work to improve two existing learning communities, Klamath Connection and Stars to Rocks, and standardize the design of their components to inform the creation of additional learning communities and 2) build capacity for STEM transfer student support. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and organizational skills, the ability to take initiative and seek creative solutions to multi-dimensional problems, and the desire to grow personally and professionally.
Humboldt State University, STEM Student Support Coordinator: Nestled up with a coastal redwood forest and sitting just next to the ocean, Humboldt State is often a destination choice for freshmen and transfer students. Many students are moving far from who so we’re using innovative ways to connect and support our STEM students. With us you would: standardize academic integration and thematic activities in Living Learning Communities (LLC) on campus, integrate elements of social and environmental responsibility into our programming, increase community engagement, and adapt the existing peer mentoring program to best serve students in STEM. You will 1) build infrastructure to expand the LLC model to serve more students, 2) engage students in social and environmental issues, and 3) develop STEM focused peer mentoring. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and organizational skills, the ability to take initiative and seek creative solutions to multi-dimensional problems, and a passion for social and environmental issues.
Humboldt State University, STEM Community Engagement Advocate: Service Learning allows students to engage more deeply in their coursework and inspires them to make change in their community. Join the Center for Community Based Learning to increase the visibility and effectiveness of service learning and career development in the College of Natural Resources and Sciences (CNRS). The VISTA member will have two primary roles, (1) expand connections to community partners and prospective employers by coordinating various events, info sessions, and industry panels, and (2) conduct research on Service Learning and career education to assist faculty in developing assignments and promoting best practices. Excellent organization, communication and administrative skills are necessary. The selected VISTA member will build skills in interoffice and interagency coordination, program development, curriculum design, committee leadership, and gain experience in multiple aspects of working in higher education including diversity and inclusion.
Chico State, College of Natural Sciences VISTA: What do natural disasters, cancer, computers, climate change, and microscopes have in common? STEM knowledge! STEM careers are challenging, fun, and drive solutions for the complex problems of today’s world while shaping the future. We share a belief that STEM education should be accessible with targeted resources for success. If you share our passion and philosophy, join our team of dedicated educators and professionals at Chico State and the College of Natural Sciences (NSC) to help advance our STEM education initiatives. Chico State is located in rural Northern California and is a designated Hispanic-serving institution. The VISTA member will contribute to the development of our new NSC STEM Learning Center, designing innovative STEM Success Workshops, and implementing an annual STEM Symposium. The VISTA will have opportunities for mentoring and career planning, leadership skills development, professional development training and networking.
Sacramento State University, Commit to Study Coordinator: Who were the people in your life that encouraged you in school? Which of your peers were positive influences on your study habits? You have the chance to be those people and empower peer mentors as they guide other students in time-management, avoiding procrastination, note-taking, and much more. You will gain management skills, train student mentors, and grow a peer-driven, student-success program at Sac State. This may be a good fit for someone who wants to learn some of the various skills needed to support a peer mentoring program such as: grant writing, program networking, web-design, data analysis, training and workshop development, and mentor supervising. Although our services are available to all NSM students, our main goal is to serve our diverse student population through outreach to groups including underrepresented and low-income students. Join the Commit to Study team today!
Stanislaus State University, STEM K-12 Outreach and Development VISTA: “Success is seeing a smile on a child's face when putting together a spectrometer.” At Stan State, you get to collaboratively coordinate and design programs for K-12 students on campus, and foster a growing group of CSU STEM student leaders, the STEM Ambassadors. Recruit and prepare university students for the STEM Ambassador program who will then work with local, underserved K-12 students. Bring together faculty and ambassadors to put on programs such as: Science Saturdays, Junior Scientist, Science Day, and Delhi Science Academy. Meet with regional STEM partnerships, such as the National Ag Science Center, to develop programs that engage underserved youth in STEM activities. Collect data for the College of Science to meet its goal: seeking to further STEM education for underserved K-12 and university students in our community. You could be the catalyst to support children’s aspirations for careers in STEM.
San Jose State University, K-12 STEM Curriculum Development VISTA: The opportunity for positively impacting STEM education is unparalleled as the K-12 education community prepares for implementing new education standards and grapples with new expectations to expose all students to computer science (CS) education. Join San José State University (SJSU)’s Jay Pinson STEM Education program. Prepare educators to effectively teach STEM and CS, develop innovative and engaging curricula, and implement K-12 programs that address science and computing education. Together, we can close the achievement gap and develop a local and diverse STEM workforce that will power Silicon Valley. It will be important for this position that you have: a strong background in science, some computer programming skills or an interest in developing these skills, interest in science education, ability to collaborate with diverse agencies and professionals, strong organizational and time management skills, excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
San Jose State University, K-12 Teacher STEM Professional Development VISTA: Imagine young, dedicated students from diverse backgrounds given the opportunities succeed in computer science (CS) and STEM. At the San José State University (SJSU)’s Jay Pinson STEM Education program we are responding to a growing need in our country to have local and diverse CS and STEM workers. We know that career paths often start early, so we start by serving K-12 teachers as they bring CS and STEM into their classrooms. You get to prepare educators to effectively teach STEM and CS and implement K-12 programs that address science and computing education. Together, we can bring about a resounding change in our schools and especially for young students. It will be important that you have: the ability to collaborate with diverse agencies and professionals, interest in science education, strong organizational and time management skills, excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, and a high level of professionalism and attention to detail.
CSU Monterey Bay, Science Internship Program Coordinator: Internship opportunities are hard to come by. Work with CSU Monterey Bay’s Science Internship Program (SIP) to connect students in the School of Natural Sciences with critical resources and services to engage in meaningful internship opportunities. You will design and implement new ways to engage lower division students in internships and other forms of experiential learning. You have the potential to increase awareness of careers in their field of interest, help create connections between their coursework and careers, and grow participation for traditionally underrepresented students in career exploration and science internship opportunities. Your role will impact how students get internships within the School of Natural Sciences, and inspire them to achieve more!
Fresno State, Advising Resource Center VISTA: If you have a passion for being at the leading edge of change, we want you to join us! Seeking a dynamic and energetic VISTA member to join us in setting a precedent of increasing graduation rates and closing achievement gaps throughout the CSU. Fresno State’s College of Science and Math maintains a strong commitment to student success, with a track record of increasing our students’ socioeconomic mobility. We are looking for a VISTA to join our college to further build capacity and help institutionalize ongoing First Year Experience (CSM-FYE) efforts, and increase the learning outcomes of the students involved. The work will focus on aiding the university in adopting a peer mentoring program for all freshmen; tracking and monitoring the program’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year cohorts; and facilitating the adoption of systems to ensure that our students are enrolling in the proper courses for timely degree completion.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Supporting Undocumented Students in STEM VISTA: Make a difference by supporting the success of undocumented students in STEM fields at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (SLO), CA. Work with the Undocumented Student Working Group and our new Dream Center to envision, develop, pilot, and assess programs designed to create a more UndocuFriendly campus. Cal Poly SLO is one of only 5 comprehensive polytechnic universities in the nation and is committed to a Learn by Doing pedagogy. Your goal is to ensure that undocumented students can access and succeed in high impact educational experiences and achieve their personal and professional goals. A STEM major is not required. Applicants must be committed to creating university systems that allow all students – including those from currently and historically underrepresented groups – to thrive. By building and enhancing partnerships on-campus, in our region and state, and across the nation, you will create lasting change for undocumented students in STEM fields.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Undergraduate Research and Project Based Learning VISTA: Do you envision a future in which more diverse scientists and engineers solve the biggest challenges we face today and in the future? Do you want to expand access to high impact practices like undergraduate research and project-based learning for low-income and first generations students? Make a difference at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly SLO is one of only 5comprehensive polytechnic universities in the nation and is committed to a Learn by Doing pedagogy. Your goal is to ensure that all students can access and succeed in high impact educational experiences and achieve their personal and professional goals. A STEM major is not required. Applicants must be committed to creating university systems that allow all students – including those from currently and historically underrepresented groups – to thrive. By building and enhancing partnerships on-campus, in our region, and in the CSU, you will create lasting change for students in STEM fields.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, College of Engineering Diversity and Inclusion VISTA: Support Cal Poly Engineering and K-14 students through STEM initiatives to improve inclusivity, equity, and student success. Cal Poly has various outreach activities and student success programs that have the potential to increase in visibility and scope. Your role would be to strengthen and build sustainability into these programs. Several projects converging towards this goal include STEM outreach, student success program assessment, diversity and inclusivity professional development workshops, and building partnerships. This VISTA project will also address the culture within Cal Poly’s College of Engineering by facilitating discussion across different student groups, faculty, and staff, and by helping to examine cultures of STEM knowledge production through the experiences and perspectives of undergraduate students from marginalized standpoints. Research findings will be used to create interventions that help foster welcoming environments from underrepresented groups in Engineering.
CSU Bakersfield, Fab Lab Outreach Coordinator: Our future STEM professionals are already out there! They’re sitting in K-12 schools all over the country. You can be the connection to their STEM inspiration. California State University Bakersfield (CSUB) is in a unique position with an on-campus digital fabrication and rapid prototyping lab, known as the Fab Lab. This lab has a number of computer controlled fabrication machines like 3-D printers, vinyl and wood cutters, and etching machines. These machines enable anyone to make almost anything! You will support K-12 teachers on ways to engage K-12 students in the engineering design process and digital fabrication. This will be done through a combination of in-school visits, after-school programming, and on campus field trips. You will allow more young students to discover what engineering means in a practical and hands-on way, and inspire them to pursue STEM in the future!
CSU Bakersfield - Edible Garden Coordinator: How are healthy food access and STEM education related? You can find out as a VISTA at CSU Bakersfield (CSUB)! The 1.75-acre Edible Garden at CSUB will help alleviate food insecurity and create experiential STEM learning opportunities. You will connect CSUB students, K-14 students, and community members with local, healthy, fresh produce they can grow, research, harvest, cook, and eat in the garden. The VISTA will support the sustainability of the garden, and facilitate it as a living lab for faculty to develop co-curricular learning. The garden will include vertical hydroponics, smart/precision automated watering, row crops, raised beds, a children’s garden, outdoor classroom, and quiet area. Finally, an outdoor kitchen will provide space for cooking workshops by professional and student chefs to teach students and community members how to prepare produce grown in the garden. Be the change that supports the Edible Garden at CSUB to provide and promote healthy food access for all!
CSU Bakersfield, Food Pantry Coordinator: Help students at CSU Bakersfield access the newly formed food pantry. The VISTA will support the pantry’s mission to alleviate food insecurity and to create experiential STEM learning opportunities. The pantry, constructed from upcycled cargo shipping containers, will include student-designed virtual shopping and energy efficiency technologies and will continuously engage students in the latest research, by incorporating their newest, relevant technological developments. You will work with CSUB STEM faculty to provide research opportunities to students. The VISTA will develop operations to sustain the pantry, and facilitate it as a living lab for faculty to develop co-curricular learning that encompasses the new campus-wide, general education course: Quality of Life; Revolutionary Ideas and Innovations; and Sustainability and Justice. After your year of service with CSU Bakersfield, you will see the impact of your work through the increased efforts in food security for everyone!
CSU San Marcos, STEM Peer Educator Programs Coordinator: You can make a difference in the lives of students at CSU San Marcos! This unique VISTA position will work within a pilot program designed to reduce stereotype threat and close the achievement gap for STEM students. Our intention for this program is to keep STEM students from historically underrepresented groups in school. This will be accomplished by deepening connections to other academic resources on campus and creating meaningful activities. You will use a lens of inclusivity and equity to create activities (such as workshops) to support students’ abilities to navigate their academic and career goals and their course readiness and mastery. You will provide online resources for students who struggle to participate in activities that occur during the day. Join our team at CSU San Marcos to create an environment that is inclusive of all STEM students!
CSU Long Beach, Dream Success Center VISTA: As a dedicated part of our team at the CSULB Dream Success Center, you will empower scholars who are undocumented in their pursuit of higher education and foster a supportive campus community dedicated to their educational and personal success. To best serve students, you will work to identify the needs and interests of undocumented students in STEM. Your attention to building collaborative partnerships with faculty and staff will begin to bridge services across campus. You will be focusing on developing workshops and programming for undocumented students in STEM which will provide them with opportunities to expand their academic and professional experience in their field. Often times, undocumented students do not receive the support from being part of great research, lab or internship opportunities because these programs are federally funded. By the end of your year of service, you will set the foundation to strengthen access and opportunities for undocumented students can in STEM.
San Diego State, College of Sciences Advising Center VISTA: Imagine a place where all STEM students from all backgrounds feel empowered to achieve their educational goals. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment that allows student to make informed decisions about, and take steps necessary toward achieving their aspirations. You will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, the San Diego State University (SDSU) CASA, EOP, Pre-Professional Health Advising, the Writing Center, the Math Center, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Division of Undergraduate Studies as a critical member of the SDSU leadership team working to ensure academic success for STEM students from all backgrounds. As our VISTA, you will also work with the College of Science Director of Advising to develop, implement, and evaluate STEM curriculum (i.e. workshops, trainings, and other programming); as well you will help evaluate the STEM start summer bridge program.