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SIRIUS Project College of Natural Science & Mathematics

About SIRIUS Project

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The Sustainable Interdisciplinary Research to Inspire Undergraduate Success (SIRIUS) Project aims to provide nearly 2,000 students, majoring in the Biological Sciences, with authentic research experiences. This is being achieved through the re-design and coordination of 12 laboratory courses, all focused on a common theme – the human impacts of the American River Ecosystem.

The SIRIUS Project at Sacramento State is led by Principal Investigators, Drs. Thomas Landerholm and Kelly McDonald, and includes faculty, staff and students from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geology, and Environmental Studies.

The SIRIUS Project is supported by the National Science Foundation, W. M. Keck Foundation and the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology.

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Our Goals

  • Goal 1: To provide high-impact research experiences to 100% of our biology students.
  • Goal 2: To develop a collaborative, interactive community of faculty, staff and students studying an important local scientific problem.
  • Goal 3: To scaffold curriculum to provide students with multiple opportunities to build research skills and view a problem from different perspectives.
  • Goal 4: To help the Sacramento regional community sustain an important local treasure.

Impaired Status

Flowing through the Sacramento State campus, the American River is an urban, agricultural, rural, riparian habitat that is listed as ‘Impaired’ by the Federal Clean Water Act of 1972. This is providing the SIRIUS project with an opportunity to create a culture of stewardship and environmental activism around this important natural resource.

Health of the Sacramento River Basin Report

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Sequoia Hall , Room 202
Mon. – Fri. , #8 a.m. – Noon, 1 – 5 p.m.

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