Frontiers of Science Institute (FSI) and Longs Peak Science & Engineering Fair (LPSEF)
The College of Natural and Health Sciences – NHS
Lori directs the pre-collegiate Science, Technology, Engineering,and Mathematics (STEM) programs for middle and high school students within the Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) Institute. Her commitment is to provide and coordinate enriching opportunities for today’s youth—perhaps budding inventors or researchers who one day may affect countless lives—by further stimulating students’ STEM interests and enhancing their 21st Century skills.
For more than 25 years, Lori has worked with UNC’s Frontiers of Science Institute (FSI), a 55+ year-old summer enrichment program, engaging high school juniors and seniors in STEM research and advanced coursework. FSI enriches and helps students focus their STEM interests by encouraging their pursuits of STEM-related studies and careers. FSI annual program activities, directed by Lori, are sponsored and supported by foundation, corporate, and privately donated funds. For more than five decades, over 1700 STEM-oriented FSI scholars have participated, representing all counties in Colorado, five other states, and two other nations.
Lori accepted the directorship of the regional Longs Peak Science & Engineering Fair (LPSEF) in 2008. Since that time, this UNC-based student event has grown by 300%. Currently, LPSEF annually engages ~300 Weld and Larimer county middle and high school students in STEM research activities, leading to state and international competition. Through their science fair participation, students gain experiences to become productive problem solvers, developing critical thinking and creative skills. The benefits of science-fair experiences are compelling because students are immersed in research challenges. This is an effective way for students to explore their interests and STEM-related careers.