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Copernicus Project Receives Honor From City

UCR Outreach Program Receives Recognition from the Riverside City Council.

The Copernicus Project is being honored for its commitment to the community by providing hands-on activities and resources for students throughout the region.

(June 5, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – UCR’s Copernicus Project, an outreach program through the Graduate School of Education, will receive recognition for its work in the community on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at 6:15 p.m. Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge and Councilman Andy Melendez will present the award during the Riverside City Council meeting held at Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main St.

The Copernicus Project, now in its fifth year, was launched by a five-year, 11.5 million Teachers Quality Enhancement Grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education to fund initiatives and programs to identify and recruit future science teachers.

CoperniKids, an offshoot of the Copernicus Project, began in early 2009 offering free bi-monthly workshops. CoperniKids brings parents, guardians and caretakers together during several evenings so that families can be presented information and resources for students interested in mathematics and science. The purpose of the program is to empower families from the Inland region with the resources and knowledge to support students on the road to college, as well as offer opportunities for students interested in engineering, science and mathematics.

In addition to CoperniKids, the Copernicus Project has provided science summits, science summer programs for teachers and students, annual college and science exploration days, and community college internships.

“The attendance during our on-campus events has grown significantly over the past few years and we realized that we needed to expand the program and find a larger venue with evening hours, “ said Joshua Puckett, Community Liaison with The Copernicus Project. “Earlier this year we began the CoperniKids program at the Cesar Chavez Community Center with hours that accommodate working parents. It was this new program that caught the attention of the Riverside City Council.”

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