Building Strong Departments > Workshops > Preparing Future Geoscience Professionals > Overview


Note: this workshop has already taken place.

Workshop Program

This workshop provided an opportunity to think broadly about the support we provide geoscience students within and beyond the curriculum as they prepare for professional careers. Recognizing the diversity of missions among geoscience departments, we sought to understand how these themes affect departments of different kinds and the commonalities among departments of all kinds.

The program combined presentations by participants, small and whole group discussion, and working time to address the following questions.

Workshop Outcomes

In addition to promoting communication and exchange of information across participating institutions, the workshop produced these specific outcomes:


The workshop began on Wednesday afternoon, January 10, at 5:00 and ended at 3:00 pm on Friday, January 12. Participants must attend all sessions.


Participants were expected to:


The operational costs of the workshop as well as room, board, and workshop materials were covered by a grant from the NSF Division of Earth Sciences (EAR-0614926). Participants or their home institutions must provide transportation to and from the workshop.

Application and Selection Criteria

The workshop size was limited to 30 participants. The final list of participants was established with the goal of assembling expertise in a wide variety of strategies for supporting students in their professional growth, a spectrum of institutional settings and departmental missions, and a commitment to participation in follow-on activities. Applicants were notified of selection in late November.


The workshop was held at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virgina. Participants were housed in a hotel and ate meals on campus and in town.

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