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COASTing Toward Progress

May 4, 2012

Category: A Closer Look

The CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) highlighted the organization’s achievements toward advancing California’s coastal and marine resources at its annual meeting at the CSU Chancellor’s Office on April 25.

COAST—a network of hundreds of CSU faculty members, scientists and students actively working to address the state’s critical marine and coastal issues—has made strides in research that are integral to the development of ocean, coast and coastal policy. In academic year 2011-12, COAST provided $181,000 in support research for CSU students. Scholars received the opportunity to work with CSU faculty on marine science projects; travel across the state, nation and world to present their findings; and participate in summer internships with organizations dedicated to conserving California’s ecosystems.

Other COAST initiatives that are assisting students in becoming future scientists are joint STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) pilot programs launched at Humboldt State University, Cal State L.A. and CSU Monterey Bay. These types of programs allow students to work one-on-one with COAST faculty, receive in-depth research experience and connect science to policy by informing policy decision makers of scientific findings.

CSU faculty-led networks, such as the Environmental Effects on Coastal Organisms, Geospatial Research, Education and Technology, and Science – Policy Integration, also discussed how they are working with COAST to strengthen state-level partnerships, increase program participation and help students apply what they learn in class to real-world solutions.

By providing students with hands-on experience, personal mentorship and rich curriculum, COAST has distinguished itself as being a resource for helping teach future scientists the skills and knowledge they need to become assets to the community.

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