How to participate in Discovery Week’s “Passport to Discovery” – and win prizes

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Colorado State University kicks off the inaugural Discovery Week, April 17 to 25, during which undergraduate students can learn more about innovative scholarship at CSU, collect swag, and be entered for a chance to win one of two GoPros, one of two iPad Airs, or a 360-degree camera.

In order to participate, undergraduate students need to pick up a “Passport to Discovery” in the Lory Student Center Ballroom from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 17 at the Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase. From here, students can collect stickers from passport locations.

On April 25, participating students can turn in their results at the CURC Awards Ceremony, from 5-7 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom to be entered into a drawing to win one of the five grand prizes. You don’t need to get all of the stickers to be eligible, but the more stickers you collect, the better your chances!

Wayfaring around CSU

Swing by the passport stops in any order, and be sure to get your sticker and ask a question or two before you leave. Curious about where to start? Here is one possible route:

First stop, the ACT Human Rights Film Festival at the LSC Theater and Lincoln Center, which is focused on social justice issues in disability rights, the fight for democracy, the homeless, human trafficking, LGBTQ rights, and more. The ACT Human Rights Film Festival brings together advocates, artists, citizens, filmmakers, and students to get in touch with local and global issues. Be sure to check their schedule for film times and locations to find their info booths. (You don’t need to attend a film to receive a sticker.)

Head southeast to the Anthropology Bones Collection in Clark C 249. Here lie animal species’ bones and fossils from prehistoric archeological sites. Dive into the research of a forensic anthropologist, and look at human bones and teeth. (Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 3-5 p.m.)

Need advice for academic and personal success? Visit the Collaborative for Student Success in TILT 121 for your next sticker. The Collaborative for Student Success empowers students to make the most of their education from the beginning of orientation to the end of graduation. (Hours: Monday through Friday 1-3 p.m.)

At the LSC, students can choose to take an excursion to the Asian/Pacific Cultural Center, Black/African American Cultural Center, or El Centro, earning another passport stamp. All of the cultural centers promote academic success and help to assist students in expanding cultural, personal, and professional development. (Asian/Pacific American Cultural Center, LSC 333, hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-11 a.m.; Black/African American Cultural Center, LSC 335, hours: Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; El Centro, LSC 225, hours: Monday through Friday 2-5 p.m.)

Gallivant off campus for your next stop (by catching the 33 bus from the CSU Transit Center or taking a bike ride or drive) to the Foothills Fisheries Laboratory (3106 Rampart Road, #1353), which offers comprehensive education to students in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. At the laboratory, faculty and students conduct lab research in a multi-use, state-of-the-art fisheries and teaching facility. (Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 3-5 p.m.)

Thinking of pursuing a higher degree, undergrads? Next stop, the Graduate School in Student Services 108. Going to the Graduate School can save you hours of time by giving you answers to your questions and information about getting your master’s degree or starting a Ph.D. It is a great resource for support your academic journey beyond undergrad. (Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Another great place to get support and a sticker for your passport is the Morgan Library Help Desk. Students can get the help they need for locating books, journal articles and magazines. Also, information is available about using databases on and off campus and conducting research in general. (Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.)

The “Passport to Discovery” also contains a stop at the Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry (Johnson Hall 223), which puts on events like CURC – and so much more. This center is provided for experiential learning opportunities and research programs for all disciplines. (Hours: Wednesday and Friday 12-4 p.m.)

The next stop is at the University Testing Center (General Services Building 203), which facilitates academic progress and provides services to students as a resource for different kinds of test help. Important exams, including the GRE, MCAT, and GMAT are offered in a proctored testing environment. (Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Passport holders can also explore the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House (300 West Drake Road) on April 22. Bring a friend, and participate in informational demonstrations and lectures, mock surgeries, tours of the hospital, student exhibits, and a petting zoo. (Hours: April 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.)

On April 24, you can opt to join your fellow “passport” competitors at the Information Science & Technology Center’s  ISTeC seminar featuring Richard Danzig, former United States Secretary of the Navy Senior Advisor and Senior Advisor to Senator Obama on national security issues at the Lory Student Center Theater. Danzig will be giving a lecture on information science, national security, and technology. And, yes, you can collect a sticker here, too. (Reception and Refreshments: 4:30-5 p.m., lecture: 5-6 p.m.)

Finishing the journey

After traveling to the destinations and collecting stickers, make sure to fill out and turn in the last page of your passport at the CURC Awards Ceremony April 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the LSC Ballroom. Winners of the grand prizes will be announced in early May.

To find more information about each stop, its location and hours, and links to learn more to plan your journey, visit the Discovery Week site’s “Passport to Discovery” page.

See something interesting, surprising, or exciting along the way? Take a picture, and use the hashtag #CSUDiscovers.

Good luck!