STEM Engaged Learning
Available Positions

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 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.

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, 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 - 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!

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.