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Outreach Toolbox

The Outreach Toolbox is an overview of some programs, campus organizations and affiliates, and community partners that could be used in grant writing to fufill the outreach, broader impacts, and workforce development requirements. It is intended to be used to jumpstart thought processes not as the complete list. Research Operations will gladly set a meeting with researchers or partners to discuss all outreach opportunities. Email Dr. Diego Gil at diegogil@tamug.edu or Therese Skrzyniarz at skrzt@tamug.edu to set a time.

If you would like to discuss using a resource reach out to the listed contact. If you would like help to add or edit a listing email Therese Skrzyniarz at skrzt@tamug.edu and list "Outreach Toolbox" as the subject.

Outreach Toolbox    

Broader Impacts as defined by the National Science Foundation is "the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes."

Research Operations has pulled together some resources that can help faculty fufill the Broader Impacts requirement in NSF grants. The following tools are a small portion of resources available and are intended to help promote creative thought towards this requirement.

Campus Resources    

Campus Organizations

Mission Statement/Description: The Department of Student Activities fosters and supports leadership, learning, and involvement opportunities that enhance the growth and development of students and recognized student organizations.  As members of the university community, we are committed to a philosophy of shared responsibility that develops leaders of character dedicated to serving the greater good, and we subscribe to the Texas A&M core values of Respect, Excellence, Leadership, Loyalty, Integrity, and Selfless Service.

Affiliation: TAMUG

Demographics targeted: Campus community and beyond. Each campus organization has a different focus. See current organizations or talk to the Office of Student Activities for help identifying if/which group fits your focus. 

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List of Current Student Organizations

Dolphin Challenge

Mission Statement/Description: Dolphin Challenge is the north Texas Regional competition of the National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB®) competitions—a nationally recognized and highly acclaimed high school academic science and technology competition. Dolphin Challenge raises visibility and public understanding of the importance in national investments in ocean-related research.  Students demonstrate their knowledge of marine and coastal science by answering questions from biology, physics, chemistry, geology, geography, mathematics, and the social sciences. 

Affiliation: TAMUG; Sea Grant; National Ocean Science Bowl

Demographics targeted: Junior High and High School Students

TAMUG Contact: Daisy Dailey

Email: daileyd@tamug.edu 
Phone: 409-740-4730

Math Olympiad

Mission Statement/Description: The purpose was for students to have fun and develop an appreciation for independent abstract thinking. 

Affiliation: TAMUG; Foundational Sciences Department

Demographics targeted: Current students of TAMUG

http://www.tamug.edu/matholympiad/

TAMUG Contact: Dr. Leon Luxemburg

Email: luxembul@tamug.edu 
Phone: 409-741-4327

Nautilus

Mission Statement/Description: The Nautilus newspaper’s mission is to accurately and fairly report on the news and issues relating to the students of the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University. We strive to be inclusive and provide a forum for the discussion of issues important to our campus. The Nautilus is a place to voice opinions and concerns. Our staff strives to provide relevant and accurate information.

Affiliation: TAMUG; The Galveston Daily News; Journalism & Communication Learning Community; Texas Intercollegiate Press Association

Demographics targeted: TAMUG and the local community

http://www.tamug.edu/nautilus/index.html 

TAMUG Contact: Dr. Katherine Echols or Dr. Julie Garza-Horne
Email: echolsk@tamug.edu or jhorne@tamug.edu
General Email: thenaut.editor@tamug.edu 

Rudder Radio

Mission Statement/Description: Rudder Radio provides news, music, and entertainment to the students of the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University and the local community. Through their participation in the project, students develop real-world skills in broadcast journalism, multimedia, and collaborative business management.

Affiliation: TAMUG and the local community

Demographics targeted: Current students of TAMUG

TAMUG Contact:
General Email: rudderradio@gmail.com

Science Olympiad

Mission Statement/Description: Science Olympiad’s ever-changing line-up of events in all STEM disciplines introduces students to practicing scientists and career choices and energizes classroom teachers. This is the seventh year the Galveston campus has hosted the Olympiad. This year’s regional Texas Science Olympiad tournament was a rigorous academic interscholastic competition. It consisted of a series of team events which students prepare for during the year. Competitions followed the format of popular board games, TV shows, and athletic games. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between various science and engineering disciplines requiring knowledge of facts, concepts, processes, skills, and science applications.

Affiliation: TAMUG

Demographics targeted: Junior high and High school students

http://www.tamug.edu/olympiad/

TAMUG Contact: Dr. Melanie Moser
Email: moserm@tamug.edu 
Phone: 409-740-4517

Sea Camp

Mission Statement/Description: Sea Camp is a week-long residential adventure exploring the wonders of the marine and estuarine environments for campers ages 10-18. As a Sea Camper you will have access to research vessels, oceanographic equipment, laboratory facilities, and a professional staff enabling you to learn about the ocean through hands-on experiences.

Affiliation: TAMUG

Demographics targeted: Ages 10-18

http://www.tamug.edu/seacamp/

TAMUG Contact:
General Email: seacamp@tamug.edu 
Phone: 409-740-4525

Sea Campus Kids

Mission Statement/Description: Sea Campus Kids is a marine oriented day program for campers ages 6-11.  Campers will have their hands-on and feet-in as they participate in activities such as wading through a salt marsh, dissecting a fish or seining in the surf.

Affiliation: TAMUG

Demographics targeted: Ages 6-11

https://www.tamug.edu/seacamp/Sea-Campus-Kids/

TAMUG Contact:
General Email: seacamp@tamug.edu 
Phone: 409-740-4525

Sea Life Facility

Mission Statement/Description: The Sea Life Facility (SLF) at Texas A&M University Galveston Campus provides an experimental research laboratory infrastructure for TAMUG scientists, graduate and undergraduate students to conduct in vivo studies of marine life. Through collaborations with the Department of Marine Biology and volunteer opportunities, the SLF enables undergraduate students to receive hands-on training for mariculture systems and practices. The SLF Outreach Center aims to engage the TAMUG community and general public, via educational displays and guided tours, to learn about research conducted in the SLF and marine life in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.

Affiliation: TAMUG

Demographics targeted: Ages 14-18

http://www.tamug.edu/sealife/

TAMUG Contact: Katie St. Clair
Email: stclairk@tamug.edu 
Phone: 409-741-4392

Student Research Symposium

Mission Statement/Description: The Student Research Symposium is open to all TAMUG students with speed talks and posters sessions for undergraduate and graduate students. Participants are encouraged to present results from their current research projects, even if it is preliminary research as these presentations provide the student researcher the opportunity to discuss their research with other participants and faculty.  In addition, the Symposium provides a venue for the exposure of student research to the broader TAMUG community. 

Affiliation: TAMUG

Demographics targeted: Current students of TAMUG

http://www.tamug.edu/research/Symposium/

TAMUG Contact: Therese Skrzyniarz
Email: skrzt@tamug.edu 
Phone: 409-740-4479

The Studio

Mission Statement/Description: The Studio(formerly the Hypermedia Lab) offers an exploratory space for visual and oral communication with student-led support in 1-on-1 sessions, in-class presentations, and workshops for presentation practice, video production, audio recording, and more. The media lab includes dedicated media production and post-production facilities. A sound-proof studio is available for individuals or small ensembles to record in isolation, and the control rooms are both connected to a larger classroom studio for larger groups. Large studio green screen and small portable green screen is also available. Finally, the lab’s remote recording equipment (audio, video, lighting, etc.) is available for checkout through the Library

Affiliation: TAMUG: The Commons; Jack K Williams Library

Demographics targeted: Faculty staff and students of TAMUG

http://www.tamug.edu/hypermedia/index.html

TAMUG Contact:
General Email: learningcommons@tamug.edu 
Phone: 409-740-4560

Talented & Gifted (TAG)

Mission Statement/Description: Talented & Gifted (TAG) Career-oriented Sea Camp programs for high ability students ages 14-18.

Affiliation: TAMUG

Demographics targeted: Ages 14-18

http://www.tamug.edu/seacamp/index.html

TAMUG Contact:
General Email: seacamp@tamug.edu 
Phone: 409-740-4525

Community Resources    

Artist Boat

Mission Statement/Description: Artist Boat promotes awareness and preservation of coastal margins and the marine environment through the disciplines of the sciences and the arts. They hope everyone who experiences our Gulf Coast values and protects its natural beauty.

Demographics targeted: Ages 5+

https://www.artistboat.org/

Contact:
Email: info@artistboat.org 
Phone: 409-770-0722

EarthX

Mission Statement/Description: EarthX is an international nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to educating and inspiring people and organizations to take action towards a more sustainable future worldwide. their mission is to inspire and energize the global community in ways that help create a sustainable world for all living things, and a better, cleaner, healthier world for future generations. They hope to be the leading global connector and environmental forum to positively impact our world for a sustainable and conservable future.

Demographics targeted: Everyone

https://earthx.org/

Contact:
Phone: 214-310-1200 
Webform: https://earthx.org/conference/contact-us/

Galveston Bay Foundation

Mission Statement/Description: The mission of the Galveston Bay Foundation is to preserve and enhance Galveston Bay as a healthy and productive place for generations to come.

Affiliation: Restore America’s Estuaries, EarthShare of Texas, Land Trust Alliance, and Texas Living Waters Project

Demographics targeted: Everyone in the Galveston Bay Community

https://galvbay.org/

Contact:
General Email: info@galvbay.org 
Phone: 281-332-3381

Oil Rig Museum

Mission Statement/Description: The Oilfield Energy Center is dedicated to expanding awareness of the vast energy resources available beneath the world’s oceans, and to chronicle the unique heritage and technological accomplishments of the industry that discovers, produces and delivers these resources to mankind in a safe and environmentally responsible way. The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center which makes it a wonderful showcase in a perfect location for an "offshore" experience.

Affiliation: Oilfield Energy Center

Demographics targeted: All

http://www.oceanstaroec.com/

Contact: Monica Crossno, Operations Manager
General Email: osprograms@oceanstaroec.com 
Phone: 409.766.STAR (7827)

Texas Sea Grant

Mission Statement/Description: Texas Sea Grant’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.

Affiliation: NOAA; TAMU

Demographics targeted: http://texasseagrant.org/

Contact:
General Email: texasseagrant@gmail.com 
Phone: 979-845-3854

World’s Oceans Day

Mission Statement/Description: A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve our world’s shared ocean. The ocean is important because it:

  • Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
  • Helps feed us
  • Regulates our climate
  • Cleans the water we drink
  • Offers a pharmacopoeia of medicines
  • Provides limitless inspiration!

Affiliation: The Ocean Project https://theoceanproject.org/

Demographics targeted: Everyone

https://www.worldoceansday.org/

Contact:
General Email: info@worldoceansday.org 
Phone: 401-709-4071