UNCG Campus Weekly

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Dr. Catherine Matthews

Dr. Catherine Matthews (Education) received a continuation of funding from the National Science Foundation for the project Full-Scale Development Project: Herpetology Education in Rural Places and Spaces (HERPS). Herpetology Education in Rural Places and Spaces (HERPS) arose amidst concerns about the public’s diminishing relationship with nature, the STEM achievement gap between North Carolina’s (NC) economically wealthy and poor, and inadequate STEM resources for and untapped STEM potential in rural, diverse communities, the abstract says. “This project galvanizes stakeholders’ passion for connecting rural citizens to precious remaining wild areas, relatively undisturbed watersheds, and fascinating herpetological biodiversity in their own backyards. HERPS engages diverse participants in herpetology and conservation education along a trajectory, from highly accessible experiences for newcomers to increasingly intensive experiences for budding experts and enthusiasts.”