2YC students should be exposed to the same types of opportunities as their 4YC peers. However, given the external constraints of employment, family responsibilities, and transportation, 2YC students face challenges in participating in extra-curricular activities. By building course credit and financial support into these experiences, and emphasizing the relevance of participation in these activities to future success, 2YC students can be encouraged to take an active role in a broader community of geoscience learning.
Because many community colleges may lack the resources necessary to conduct large-scale research programs, success can often be found through partnerships with 4YCs. There are also research and internship programs available specifically for 2YC students and faculty, and some national professional organizations are looking to expand their programming to 2YCs.
- SOLARIS—El Paso Community College/University of Texas at El Paso—EPCC students are mentored by EPCC and UTEP faculty to gain field and lab experience, conduct independent research, and establish connections with 4YC faculty. Diane Doser and Joshua Villalobos present their perspective on "Preparing Students in Two-Year Colleges for Success at Four-Year Colleges".
- Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute at Northwest Florida State College/Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole—This collaboration between Allison Beauregard of NWFSC and Julie Huber of MBL allowed students in an introductory oceanography class to interact with scientists onboard a research cruise. The project also included summer internships for NWFSC students in MBL labs. In "Strengthening A Community College Geoscience Program through Collaborations with University and Research Faculty", Dr. Beauregard highlights the benefits of this work.
- Wake Tech Community College/North Carolina State—Gretchen Miller highlights the successes and challenges of the first year of a collaboration offering paid summer research internships for Wake Tech students with NC State faculty as a way to "test the waters" of scientific research.
- On the Cutting Edge:
as Teaching PracticePRIME—This program offers marine science summer internships in Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii for 2YC students. Students conducted field or lab research, attend seminars, and give a final presentation of their work. Stipends and housing are provided. Jan Hodder, University of Oregon, describes how PRIME provides "Preparation for Transfer and the Workforce".
- USGS/Northern Virginia Community College—Shelley Jaye describes a collaboration between the U.S. Geological Survey and Northern Virginia Community College working to develop an Associate of Applied Science Geoscience Technology degree and summer intern program.
Professional Society Programs
- IRIS—The organization currently offers a paid summer internship in seismology for undergraduates who have completed math and science requirements. John Taber of the IRIS Consortium notes how they are currently looking to expand internship program to 2YC.
- URECAS—This report summarizes the planning workshop sponsored by AGU to establish research opportunities for 2YC students and faculty.