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Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship through Education Network (GLISTEN)

Principal Investigators: David Burns, National Center for Science and Civic Engagement
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Corporation for National and Community Service Agreement # 09LHAPA002

Project Description

About GLISTEN: Funded in August, 2009 by the Learn and Serve America Higher Education program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, GLISTEN (the Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship through Education Network), is a three-year project that will harness the expertise and innovation of college faculty and undergraduate students to promote stewardship of the Great Lakes, an ecosystem containing 20% of the world's fresh water. GLISTEN is an initiative of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

Vision and Mission: By focusing undergraduate curriculum development efforts, academic courses, research, fieldwork, and other resources on a single but multi-faceted civic issue, GLISTEN will build the capacity of STEM faculty and departments to improve learning in the STEM disciplines, engage students in direct action (i.e., service-learning) and community-based research to benefit resource-strapped governmental and community-based organizations, position students to take advantage of "green" professional opportunities upon graduation, provide students with the 21st Century skills (such as critical thinking, capacity for collaboration, as well as associated civic engagement skills), and help students as well as members of the involved communities become enlightened stakeholders who practice active stewardship behaviors in their private and civic lives.

How GLISTEN Works: GLISTEN makes sub-awards to lead institutional partners designed to support collaborative clusters in Great Lakes states. Each cluster embraces 2-year and 4-year undergraduate institutions where Great-Lakes-stewardship-focused courses will be developed and offered. GLISTEN Clusters will include community-based organizations, local governments and others as collaborators working to achieve goals for water quality, clean air, conservation, and other environmental improvement. Each cluster also includes representatives from at least one informal science education venue, such as a science museum, nature center or state or national park. Through these venues and others, the outcomes of cluster projects will be shared with the general public to empower citizens to engage more effectively in scientifically-informed stewardship behaviors. While each cluster will focus on a particular Great Lakes stewardship challenge, all will share goals in the following three areas:

Outcomes During its first three years, GLISTEN aims to enroll up to 3,500 undergraduate students in coursework incorporating Great Lakes stewardship activities. These activities – including water quality monitoring, restoring wetlands, and assessing and addressing aquatic and terrestrial non-native species invasions – will benefit at least 20 community-based organizations in 8 states undergoing challenges to their operational capacity due to the recent economic downturn. At least 100 undergraduate stewardship liaisons will assist faculty and community-based agencies with the coordination of these activities and form a corps of future leaders in efforts to restore and protect the Great Lakes.

Contact Information:

David Burns, Principal Investigator (

Glenn Odenbrett, Program Director (

Amanda Moodie, NCSCE Program Assistant (

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