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Workshop Overview

Format and goals

nautilus fossil
Image credit: Rowan Lockwood.


Velociraptor skull
Image credit: Rowan Lockwood.
The first workshop event will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, July 30, and the last at dinner on Monday, August 3. Participants must attend all sessions. An optional field trip will take place on Tuesday, August 4.

Eligibility and application instructions

Applicants for this workshop must hold a faculty position at a two- or four-year college or university and have responsibility for teaching courses in undergraduate paleontology or courses with a significant paleontological component that are taught for majors above the intro level. We welcome applications from all academic ranks. The workshop is limited to 70 participants, and the final list of participants will be established with the goal of assembling a group representing a wide range of experiences, educational environments, and specialties. Application must be made on line by February 6, 2009, and successful applicants will be notified by February 20, 2009.


Workshop costs. The workshop fee of $250 covers meals and double-occupancy rooms for the workshop. Our National Science Foundation grant provides funding for the remainder of the operational costs of the workshop. To be supported by these funds, a participant must be either a US citizen, a permanent resident, or in the employ of a US institution. If you don't meet these requirements and are interested in participating in this workshop at your own expense, please contact the workshop conveners.

chesapecten fossil
Image credit: Rowan Lockwood.

Travel. All participants or their home institutions must provide transportation to and from the workshop. The workshop will be held at Cornell University and the Paleontological Research Institute. Both are located in Ithaca, NY, about 55 miles south of Syracuse International Airport. Participants must make their own way to Ithaca in time for the first workshop event at 7 pm on Thursday, July 30. The workshop will be over on Monday evening, August 3, and participants will return home on Tuesday, August 4. Those who wish to go on the optional field trip on August 4 can return home on Wednesday, August 5.

We will be able to offer small travel stipends to participants from institutions unable to cover travel costs. The deadline for applying for one of these stipends is March 2, 2009.


Workshop sessions will take place at Cornell University and the Paleontological Research Institute, and participants will live in the dorms on the Cornell campus. The registration fee covers the cost of meals and a double-occupancy room. We will offer the opportunity to choose a single room at a single supplement fee.

Further Information

Contact Barbara Tewksbury (btewksbu@hamilton.edu)

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