Geoscience Education and Inclusion
Diversifying and training the next generation of geoscientists
Geoscience Education and Inclusion
Progress on the challenges facing earthquake hazards research, both in the short- and long-term, requires concerted focus on preparing and diversifying the next generation workforce. The Geoscience Education and Inclusion Committee seeks to build that capacity by providing research and training opportunities for aspiring geoscientists from minoritized and other groups. Research and training experiences and summer schools create opportunities for students to participate in subduction zone science, to build skills essential to research, and to position themselves for meaningful careers in science and beyond.
Cores2code is a summer field school experience focusing on geoscience undergraduates from primarily minority serving institutions. In the four week program students learn about geologic fieldwork and geophysical modeling in the Cascadia Subduction Zone. After one week of instruction students spend a second week in the field doing coring and microfossil collection in the field and then a third week processing the data and samples and carrying out modeling. The final week they synthesize and present their findings. Students are supported via stipend, paid lodging and meals, and funds for field equipment. Additionally all students receive college credits through Cal Poly Humboldt.
In response to the pressing demand for expertise in advanced fields such as earthquake geology, tectonic geodesy, and AI-driven geoscience, CRESCENT will sponsor a series of technical short courses to help train the next generation of geoscientists. These courses will employ modern pedagogy and focus on widely employed research techniques in subduction zone geoscience with practical applications.
Undergraduate Twinning Program
This yearlong research experience will foster participation of undergraduates from diverse backgrounds in subduction zone science and hazards research. Each student will have a well-defined project and two mentors, one from their home institution and one from an away institution. During the school year students work with their home mentor and, along with their cohort, participate in research-adjacent skill-building curriculum. During the summer the student has the option of traveling to the away institution or working remotely with the away mentor to finish the research. Student are supported by a monthly stipend as well as travel funds to the away institution and to attend a major scientific conference.
Highschool STEM Pathways
This summer STEM experience for high-school students who identify as Indigenous and are from Indigenous communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. During the summer students visit one institution involved in CRESCENT for a three-day experience designed to expose students to higher education in a STEM-related discipline and active research. Participants in the program will travel to Pacific Northwest schools with a paid chaperone, and are housed in university dormitories that are unoccupied during summer months. The students have meals in the university dining halls, and utilize university infrastructure—all mimicking the undergraduate experience. The STEM pathways organizers work with the volunteer PIs and graduate students to design experiential learning activities in earthquake and tsunami science that are fun, social, and interactive.
National Association of Geoscience Teachers Meeting Fellowships
CRESCENT offers fellowships for travel to the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) “Preparing for an Academic Career” workshop. At this professional development event, faculty members and administrators provide guidance and information, helping participants to be stronger candidates for academic positions and to succeed in academic jobs. Session topics focus on becoming both a successful teacher and researcher. Workshop leaders from a variety of institution types and career paths will provide guidance that helps participants to be stronger candidates for academic positions and to succeed in academic jobs. Each participant develops a plan for the next stage in their career and will cultivate ideas that they can immediately implement. Participants will have the option to engage in post-workshop discussions to revise application materials.
Applications are now open and will be accepted until March 15, 2024.
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Geoscience Education and Inclusion Committee Leadership
The Geoscience Education and Inclusion Committee coordinates and oversees the high school STEM pathways, undergraduate research programs, graduate fellowship and postdoctoral mentoring activities, and technical short courses. Its members are experts in modern pedagogy and ensure that all workforce programs are broadly advertised and accessible to students with diverse backgrounds.
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