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Working with Alumni

These webpages were written by Carol Ormand, based on ideas compiled from the 2009 workshop on Strengthening Your Geoscience Program.

Your alumni can be a wonderful resource for you and your students, with a little effort on your part. If they had positive experiences in your program, many alums will be happy to "give something back." An ongoing relationship with your department offers them opportunities, as well.


Staying connected to your alumni builds community, keeps your department informed about careers and career trends, can help students get jobs, gives alumni an opportunity to have input and offer advice about your programs, and can build connections from your department to potential employers, graduate schools, internships, local K-12 schools.

Getting Connected

Staying Connected

Alumni and Careers

Alumni and Program Assessment

Additional Resources

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