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COPUS is a grassroots effort linking universities, scientific societies, science advocacy groups, science media, science educators, businesses, and industry in a consortium having as its goal a greater public understanding of the nature of science and its value to society. This is an essential step in re-establishing the nation's leadership role in the national and global scientific enterprise. It is critical to ensuring the long-term social well-being of the American people.

1. Learn more about COPUS, its mission, goals and objectives, origins, and who's involved

2. COPUS programs and activities

3. The COPUS Network

Featured COPUS Network Projects

EVOlutions After School Program EVOlutions After School Program
The EVOlutions After School Program is a club for New Haven teens with an interest in science. The curriculum places a primary focus on science literacy, college preparation, career awareness, and transferable skills development. Its mission is "to establish a community of socially and environmentally minded citizens equipped with the scientific literacy and broad-gauge skills to achieve in school and beyond." Eighty students come to the Peabody twice a week throughout the year to work on group projects, go behind the scenes at the Museum, visit Yale science research facilities and go on field trips.

MapTEACH Science and the Media series
NCEAS presents a yearly Science and the Media series for local and resident scientists. The program trains scientists to be better prepared to explain difficult concepts in simplified terms to the press and the public. Topics have included radio reporting in science, how to conduct interviews and prepare accessible, media-ready messages, communicating science visually, and nature journalism on the web.

MapTEACH is a collaborative project by the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS), the University of Wisconsin-Madison Environmental Remote Sensing Center (ERSC), and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF) to develop a field-geoscience outreach program for middle- and high-school students in Alaska. This program emphasizes hands-on experience with spatial technology (GPS, GIS, and remote sensing imagery in a local landscape-landform context) in conjunction with traditional activities. Participants work directly with professional geologists and authentically emulate scientific activities at a novice level, using real data in a real-world setting.

PlantingScience PlantingScience
PlantingScience is a learning and research resource, bringing together students, plant scientists, and teachers from across the nation. Students engage in hands-on plant investigations, working with peers and scientist mentors to build collaborations and to improve their understanding of science. We are in the early stages of development and currently run one research session in the spring and one in the autumn.

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COPUS is sponsored by the American Institute of Biological Sciences and The Geological Society of America.

American Institute of Biological Sciences         The Geological Society of America