CER Outreach Council

The CER Outreach Council was formed in late 2014 to help determine the focus and content of the Center’s outreach activities. The council meets every 3 months and is composed of chair, Saikat Chakraborty Thakur, and CER members.

STEM outreach is important to us because:

  • Most of the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will require a STEM background.
  • Cities with more STEM workers do better economically and demonstrate higher job growth, employment, and income 
  • The number of U.S. companies reporting difficulty in filling STEM positions because of a lack of skills grew from 14 percent in 2010 to almost 40 percent only three years later.

    (Statistics are from Change the Equation, a nonprofit advocating for K-12 STEM literacy)

Council Activities

  • Decide which outreach events to participate in and designate event leaders
  • Develop annual outreach budget
  • Present summary of activities at the annual CER retreat

Goals

  • Provide service opportunities for CER members
  • Connect members from different research groups who might otherwise have little contact
  • Encourage other members to engage in outreach events