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Note - This workshop has already taken place.

The geoscience workforce is changing rapidly as businesses and governments cope with finite global resources in the face of expanding population. At the same time, traditional employers of geoscientists project a need for new geoscientists that will outstrip the current supply due to the impending retirement of a majority of workers hired prior to 1988. Notably, as our population has become more ethnically diverse, geoscience is the least diverse of all STEM fields exacerbating the challenges of developing the needed workforce.

In contrast to our solid understanding of the impending needs of the traditional geoscience workforce and the skills and knowledge that lead to successful employment (such as sustainability and "green jobs") in these areas, academic programs have relatively little information about the new areas for employment and may not be able to articulate the learning outcomes for their programs in terms that are aligned with known employer needs. This workshop will begin to bridge that gap.

This workshop supports the InTeGrate project in its goal of increasing the number of graduates in the geosciences and associated fields who are able to work with other scientists, social scientists, business people, and policy makers to develop viable solutions to current and future environmental and resource challenges. Beginning in 2014, funds will be available to support implementation programs that model new ways to achieve this goal.


The goals of this workshop are to:


The workshop begins on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM and ends Friday, June 28 around noon. Participants must attend all sessions including the final synthesis.


All workshop participants are expected to participate in the workshop in several ways, including:

Application Process and Selection Criteria

We seek applications from representatives of undergraduate programs of all types in which developing geoscience understanding is valued as an important aspect of preparing students for successful careers.

In selecting participants from the applicant pool, we seek a diverse set of participants, program designs, and institution types (community colleges, colleges, and universities). Preference is given to applicants who are in a position of leadership within their program and to those who have information about the success of their students in the workforce. Preference is also given to US participants.

The application deadline is Friday, February 22, 2013. Accepted applicants will be notified by mid-March. Prior to the workshop, accepted applicants will be asked to fill out a registration form to confirm their attendance and to communicate their travel arrangements.


There is no fee to attend this workshop, and the project grant (NSF DUE - 112533) covers double-occupancy participant lodging, meals and supplies during the workshop. Participants or their institutions are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from the workshop. Participants are eligible to apply for workshop stipends to help defray travel expenses in cases of financial need.


The workshop will be held on the campus of Pennsylvania State University.

For More Information

Contact Tim Bralower (, David Blockstein (, or Cathy Manduca (

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