Broader Impacts Support for CAPS Members

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences aims to build a community where researchers interested in advancing science through the development of robust Broader Impacts (BI) come together to ideate and collaborate. To that end, CAPS is pleased to provide its members with support for BI development and engagement.

Broader Impacts Brainstorming

This opportunity is meant to serve as an informal brainstorming session designed to support individuals who are currently writing a proposal with the development of their BI activities. Come prepared to share a summary of your project and the BI activities you are considering. Through constructive feedback, suggestions for partnerships, idea sharing and open discussions participants will gain insight that will help them refine their BI plans.

This is a new opportunity that will be tailored to meet the needs of the participants. To start, BI Brainstorming will take place quarterly in January, April, July and October. The group will meet from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in 102 Rightmire Hall, with the option to video link to the OARDC campus. Each session will open with a short presentation focused on one aspect of BI and/or proposal development, such as building community partnerships, evaluation, etc. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch for this informal, yet informative working meeting. Specific dates for each brainstorming session will be announced via the CAPS listserv.

Community & School Outreach Programs

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences, together with the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center, participates in a variety of outreach programs each year. From classroom visits, to field trips, to events on campus and at community organizations like COSI – CAPS and ABRC reach thousands of people of all ages each year. Build your BI portfolio by getting involved with our outreach initiatives.

There are multiple opportunities for faculty, postdocs, staff and graduate students to get involved.  Hands-on activities are planned and prepared by the CAPS Education & Outreach Specialist, so all you need to do is show up and talk science! For researchers who are interested in focusing on their specific field of expertise, opportunities to brainstorm, develop and showcase new activities are available. Contact us if you would like to get involved. 

CAPS Broader Impacts eNewsletter

Stay up-to-date on opportunities to engage in public outreach opportunities, BI news and resources with the CAPS Broader Impacts eNewsletter. This bi-monthly eNewsletter will keep you connected. E-mail us to receive this newsletter.

Individual Broader Impacts Consultations

The CAPS Education & Outreach Specialist is available for individual consultations on BI development on a limited basis. Because this service is time dependent, CAPS members are encouraged to utilize the other available BI services to their full advantage.