Service Outreach to the Community

Radford University’s College of Science and Technology will be a premier destination for science education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and expand its delivery of service and outreach throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

The College of Science and Technology aspires to be a premier destination to learn from experts who are a combination of teacher, researcher, mentor and professional. Our faculty members are unparalleled teachers in the classroom, productive research scientists, mentors who know their students by name, and  distinguished professionals in their field who are called upon for their knowledge by local, state and federal governmental agencies,
international corporations, and nonprofi t organizations.

Our undergraduate students have the opportunity to work alongside these faculty members and experience first-hand the work they will do as future professionals in their fields.

Gifts to the Outreach Program will create new programs and opportunities to support faculty in professional service and  development; while providing undergraduate students real-world experience in the laboratory and in the field.

Support the Future of Science

For almost a decade, we have hosted Science Days for K-12 students. More than 8,000 students from counties across southwestern Virginia have participated in interactive days of science activities. They have experimented and been exposed to chemistry, biology, geology, forensic science and physics. A highlight of their visit is often tours of the RU Museum of the Earth Sciences and shows in the RU Planetarium. But we cannot serve all those that would like to visit or benefit from our programs.

Currently, Science Days is at capacity. Many school groups that are interested in learning from our professors must be turned away due to our limited resources — but not for long. The new Center for the Sciences will increase the Science Days capacity by expanding the size of the RU  Planetarium and enlarging the new Museum of the Earth Sciences collection space. The Center’s main entrance will feature engaging “Science on Display” exhibits to  immediately immerse visitors in the world of scientific  discovery.

Funding for new shows, updating projection technology for the planetarium and installation of new exhibits throughout the Center for the Sciences and the RU Museum of the Earth Sciences are needed to provide a more robust and engaging experience for all our visitors.

Funding the installation and use of living exhibits serves a dual purpose as RU student research projects and a chance for young scientists to view the world of “undergraduate research” that awaits them as college students at Radford University.

Gifts will support the college’s efforts to expand its reach to the elementary, middle and high school students of the Commonwealth. It will provide resources to purchase interactive science exhibits, spaces designed specifically for enhancing a young visitor’s excitement in science, and programming to better promote science education within the schools.

According to the National Science Foundation, identifying and developing a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent pool in the United States is essential to scientific and
technological innovation and the long-term prosperity of our nation. Here at Radford University, we endeavor to stimulate young people’s interest and success in these important fi elds at an early age with the goal that they will follow their passionfor science through  elementary, middle and high school, and continue their journey in our laboratories during their college career.

Radford’s College of Science and Technology will be a destination for more of the Commonwealth’s elementary, middle and high school students to learn about geology, geospatial science, biology, anthropological sciences, forensics, chemistry and physics through outreach facilities that engage all  their senses in the “magic” of science. Center for the Sciences outreach activities will raise  awareness of less familiar areas of science such as anthropological
sciences and geology by featuring extensive specimen collections from across the globe, and offering hands-on living or interactive science exhibits to enflame a child’s imagination and interest in all sciences.

Community and Outreach Support     Goal: $2 Million