Developing a Resource Network for REU Leaders in the Geosciences

Tuesday 3:30pm REC Center Large Ice Overlook Room
Oral Presentation Part of Collaborating Across the Curriculum


Valerie Sloan, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Rebecca Haacker, NCAR/UCAR
Rebecca Batchelor, University of Colorado at Boulder
Research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) are found to successfully engage students in science, help students develop communication skills, and build a student's confidence. However, REU PIs work tirelessly and in relative isolation from each other to develop and maintain their internship programs.

This presentation will introduce our efforts to develop an REU PI network in the geosciences, including the organization of national conferences, an email listserv, telecons, workshops, and the creation of online resources for REU leaders. Benefits of having such a community include being able to discuss pertinent topics such as REUs for community college students, share materials like handbooks for mentors and students, and collaborate with and provide support for each other. The goal is to strengthen the connections between REU community members and to support the sharing of best practices in a changing REU landscape, with the intention of increasing the number of students engaged and retained in the geosciences.

Presentation Media

Sloan-REUnetwork-EER 2015 (PowerPoint PRIVATE FILE 7.5MB Jul14 15)