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These essays were authored by faculty in preparation for the Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce workshop to be held in June 2013. Participants were asked to describe how their program prepares students for the workforce, areas in which alumni are employed, and the knowledge and skills that have been most important in supporting success.

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Boise State University's Preparation of Undergraduates for Geoscience Careers
Karen Viskupic, Boise State University
Karen Viskupic, Boise State University The Department of Geosciences at Boise State University has approximately 150 undergraduate majors in two degree programs. The BS in geophysics is a small program with ...

Geological Sciences at SUNY Geneseo and the Challenge of Balancing Breadth, Depth and Growing Enrollment
Ben Laabs, SUNY College at Geneseo
Ben Laabs, SUNY College at Geneseo "The primary mission of the Department of Geological Sciences at SUNY Geneseo is to prepare undergraduate students for a successful life after graduation by providing a high ...

Developing a Curriculum that Allows Students to Reach Career Objectives
Lynn Dudley, Florida State University
Lynn Dudley, Florida State University The environmental science bachelor's degree program at Florida State University housed in the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science (EOAS) contains a B.S. ...

85 years of Geosciences at Pasadena City College
David Douglass, Pasadena City College
David Douglass, Pasadena City College The Geoscience program at Pasadena City College began in 1927 primarily in response to a need for a greater number of trained geologists in the local workforce - namely the ...

Geology program at Juniata College
Matthew Powell, Juniata College
Matthew Powell, Juniata College Juniata College is a small (~1500 students), residential, undergraduate-only liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania. Our geology department, which has existed since 1968, ...

Preparing STEM Educators
Shelley Jaye, Northern Virginia Community College
Shelley Jaye, Northern Virginia Community College The Noyce Scholarship Program George Mason University (GMU) NSF Program Award Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Research Subaward NOVA Annandale has ...

Training the Future Geoscience Workforce at the 2YC
Shelley Jaye, Northern Virginia Community College
Shelley Jaye, Northern Virginia Community College The US Geological Survey (USGS) headquartered in Reston, VA, approached Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) in September, 2011 with a proposal to partner in ...

Preparing the Next Generation Atmospheric Scientists
Sen Chiao, San Jose State University
Sen Chiao, San Jose State University Preparing students for the workforce: The department's undergraduate curriculum meets and exceeds the federal requirements for employment as a Meteorologist as well as the ...

Transitioning Undergraduates from Students to Geoscientists for Successful Employment
Megan Pickard, Brigham Young University-Idaho
Megan Pickard, Brigham Young University-Idaho The geology program at BYU-Idaho has been a 4-year program since 2001. We currently have 178 majors and 6 full-time, tenured faculty, and 2 temporary, full-time ...

Career Preparation in the Earth Systems Undergraduate Program at Stanford University
Kathleen Phillips, Stanford University
Kathleen Phillips, Stanford University The Earth Systems Program is an interdisciplinary degree and our students are interested in a wide variety of careers ranging from academia to non-profits to finance. Given ...

Development of student skills and employment by graduates of the FHSU BS Geology program
John Heinrichs, Fort Hays State University
John Heinrichs, Fort Hays State University The BS program in Geology has been offered by Fort Hays State University for over 40 years, almost entirely through on-campus instruction and organized field experiences. ...

The apprenticeship model in the atmospheric sciences
Rebecca Haacker-Santos, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Rebecca Haacker-Santos, , University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric and Research Sciences (SOARS) is positioned to complement our partnering academic ...

Preparing Students for Careers in Geology at NWMSU
C. Renee Rohs, Northwest Missouri State University
C. Renee Rohs, Northwest Missouri State University The processes that we use to prepare students at Northwest for careers in geology and related fields are embedded in the coursework and field experiences from ...

Workforce Preparation at Texas A&M's Geosciences Programs
Kate Miller, Texas A & M University
Kate Miller, Texas A & M University The College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University offers a comprehensive set of programs in the geosciences including a full suite of degrees from the bachelors through ...

Geosciences program at Midwestern State University
Rebecca L. Dodge, Midwestern State University Midwestern State University (MSU) is a small (~6,000 students) largely undergraduate institution (~90%) in north Texas; we are Texas' only state-funded liberal ...

Geosciences at Vincennes University
Dan Vaughn, Vincennes University
Daniel L. Vaughn, Vincennes University I have been pondering this essay until the 11th hour mainly because as a 2-year campus the large majority of my graduates do not head directly into the workforce. It is not ...

A Summary of Career Preparation for Ithaca College Environmental Students
Chris Sinton, Ithaca College
Chris Sinton, Ithaca College The Environmental Studies and Sciences (ENVS) department at Ithaca College is housed within the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College. The department offers a BA in ...

Workforce Preparation by a STEM educational component of the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program
Douglas Howard, US Geological Survey
Douglas Howard, USGS NCGMP and Georgetown University The three primary goals of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP, Public Law 111-11) are to (1) Produce high-quality multi-purpose digital ...

Preparing the College of William & Mary's Geology Students for Careers
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary The College of William & Mary is a public university with a strong undergraduate liberal arts tradition. Geology majors select one of two tracks: general geology ...

Workforce Preparation of Geology and Environmental Science Majors at a Large Urban University
Edmond van Hees, Wayne State University
Edmond van Hees, Wayne State University Wayne State University is a large, multicultural, commuter university (29,000 students, 41% minorities, 10% in residence, respectively), located in mid-town Detroit, ...

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