Pre-conference workshop at 15th Annual Goldschmidt Conference

Gold triangles on molybdenum sulfate.
Gold triangles on molybdenum sulfate. STM image courtesy Purdue Nanophysics Department.

University of Idaho, Moscow ID
May 18 - 20, 2005

See the presentations and demonstrations that were presented at the workshop on our workshop program page.

This workshop brought together leaders in undergraduate geochemistry and geoscience education to:
  • Review where and how geochemistry is taught in the geoscience curriculum, as dedicated geochemistry courses and in other related courses;
  • Demonstrate exemplary instructional activities including laboratories, use of geochemical datasets, computer-assisted learning, and other in-class exercises
  • Consider how to best incorporate new advances in geochemical research into instructional activities; and
  • Establish plans for next steps in developing instructional resources to support teaching and learning about geochemistry.

This workshop built on earlier efforts focused on Teaching Mineralogy (Smith College, 1996) and Teaching Petrology in the 21st Century (Montana State University, 2003). An important outcome of this workshop is a collection of on-line instructional resources to support instruction in geochemistry. Other examples can be found at the Teaching Petrology site and the Teaching Mineralogy page.


  • David Mogk, Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University
  • Darrell Henry, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Louisiana State University
  • Cathy Manduca, Director, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College

This workshop is part of the On the Cutting Edge professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty, supported by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers with funding provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation - Division of Undergraduate Education . We are part of the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE).