Theme: Attracting and Supporting Students

The programming listed below seeks to address the topic of Attracting and Supporting Students.

Developing Strategies for Inclusive Teaching Practices WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8-11am PT / 9am-12pm MT / 10am-1pm CT / 11am-2pm ET Online

Blair Schneider, University of Kansas Main Campus
Angel Garcia, James Madison University
Amy Weislogel, West Virginia University
Yadira Ibarra, San Francisco State University
Miriam Fuhrman

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During this 3-day workshop, participants will learn to solicit diverse viewpoints and amplify voices of all students, to decolonize instruction and identify the influence of race and perspective, and work ...
Connecting Paleontology and Culture: Inclusive Narratives Through Fossil Use Cards SHARE-A-THON
Monday 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET Online

Christy Visaggi, Georgia State University
Tara Lepore, University of California-Berkeley
Trisha Smrecak, Northwestern Michigan College

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By examining ways in which humans have interacted with fossils, we can highlight a range of cultural connections to paleontology that emphasize improved representation of inclusive cultural narratives while ...
Using Peer Assessment Surveys for Small-Group Work SHARE-A-THON
Monday 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET Online

Michelle Haskin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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The purpose of this project was to promote and facilitate functional group work by providing feedback for students and professors using peer-assessment surveys administered after group assignments and quizzes. We ...
Learning from Legends: Indigenous Oral Traditions and Tsunami Safety SHARE-A-THON
Monday 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET Online

Sarah Glancy, University of Hawaii-West Oahu

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In this jigsaw activity, students are placed in groups. Each group reads a different written record of an oral history about tsunamis. These indigenous stories are from around the world. To guide their ...
Heirloom Geology: How to Create an Inclusive Classroom by Centering Place-based Geology on Students' Cultural Heritage and Personal Histories SHARE-A-THON
Monday 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET Online

LeAnne Teruya, San Jose State University

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This activity uses students' cultural heritage and personal experience as a form of place-based geology. As an introduction to minerals, students are asked to provide a photo and write about a culturally or ...
Integrating Affective Domain Mini Lessons into Introductory Geology Classes AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Julie Sexton, University of Colorado at Boulder
Molly Jameson, University of Northern Colorado
Jennifer Wenner, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Dina London, University of Northern Colorado
Curtis HopeHill, University of Northern Colorado

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In this workshop, we will introduce participants to 6 affective domain lessons that were developed to be used in introductory geoscience courses. The lessons use a flipped teaching approach and have an online ...
IDEAS: a Novel Approach to Promoting Success for Underrepresented Minorities in the Geosciences AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Kellum Tate-Jones, University of Oregon

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In 2018, a team of graduate and undergraduate students, post-docs, and faculty in the University of Oregon Department of Earth Sciences formed the Inclusivity and gender Diversity in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences ...
Creating a Positive Classroom Climate ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 1:15-2:00pm PT / 2:15-3:00pm MT / 3:15-4:00pm CT / 4:15-5:00pm ET Online

Natalie Bursztyn, The University of Montana-Missoula

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Whether we are in person, online, or hybrid - the energy of the classroom space is critical in driving student engagement and determining student success. How do we build a sense of community in a lecture hall, ...
Report on Unlearning Racism in Geoscience from the 2YC URGE Pod POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET Online

Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine
Kristie Bradford, The Lone Star College System
Hillary Goodner, Yakima Valley Community College
Karen Helgers, Ulster County Community College
Beth A. Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Megan Jones, North Hennepin Community College
Kaatje Kraft, Whatcom Community College
Karen Layou, J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
Waverly Ray, San Diego Mesa College
Daina Hardisty, Mt. Hood Community College
Elizabeth Nagy, Pasadena City College

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The five-month long virtual Unlearning Racism in Geoscience (URGE) program was developed to empower groups, or pods, of geoscience faculty to implement anti-racist strategies and policies within their departments ...
Hands-on environmental science during a pandemic: activity design, results, and efficacy POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET Online

Rebekah Stein, University of California-Berkeley
Nathan Sheldon, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Jenna Munson, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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Engagement with the natural world is imperative to student learning in the geo- and environmental sciences. Immersion in the environment is particularly useful for complicated subjects like nutrient cycling and ...
Discovering Opportunity During COVID: Geoscience Outreach in the Virtual World POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET Online

Michael Chiappone, The University of Texas at Austin
Patrick Martin, The University of Texas at Austin
Mary Poteet, The University of Texas at Austin
Alicia Rusthoven, The University of Texas at Austin
Anthony Edgington, The University of Texas at Austin
Carole Lakrout, The University of Texas at Austin
Mason Currin, The University of Texas at Austin
Matthew Riley, The University of Texas at Austin

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We have developed an outreach program for grades 5-12 designed to engage students in learning about the diversity and importance of the geosciences. Our outreach team features a panel of geoscience undergraduates ...
Poster Session II: Online Teaching--Lessons Learned during the Pandemic POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET Online

Jennifer Lewis, Madison Area Technical College
Rebekah Stein, University of California-Berkeley

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This poster session will be held from 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET on Wednesday. All Rendezvous participants are invited to attend. Sessions will include 4-6 posters on ...
Inclusive Universal Design Applied to Introductory Geosciences Learning Spaces POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET Online

Wendi J. W. Williams, South Texas College

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Overviews and generalized examples of how to apply Universal Design in Instruction (UDI) with embedded strategies to diminish barriers for Persons with Disabilities have been shared during earlier Earth Educator ...
The Impact of Educational Games on Learning, Engagement, and Equity in Geosciences POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET Online

Rowan Martindale, The University of Texas at Austin
Barbara Sulbaran, The University of Texas at Austin
Estefania Salgado-Jauregui, The University of Texas at Austin
North Cooc, The University of Texas at Austin
Kathy Ellins, The University of Texas at Austin

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Incorporating play in classrooms has been shown to improve student learning (Griggs et al., 2009); however, the advantages may not be equal across all learners. Some studies have suggested that gender, ...
Locally grown fruit retains its soil signature: using the scanning electron microscope to bridge soil science to fruit spreads POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET Online

Nina Baghai Riding, Delta State University
Larry Collins, Delta State University
Chuck Smithhart, Delta State University

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The need to transform the undergraduate laboratory experience in order to provide students access to authentic research opportunities has been well documented. At Delta State University, students enrolled in ...
Geoscience Research Collaborations for Student Success (GeoRCSS) POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET Online

Mary Poteet, The University of Texas at Austin
Kusali Gamage, Austin Community College
Meagan Bittner, The University of Texas at Austin
Christopher J Bell, The University of Texas at Austin
Adam Papendieck, The University of Texas at Austin

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Geosciences Research Collaborations for Student Success (GeoRCSS) is a unique partnership between Austin Community College (ACC) and the Jackson School of Geosciences (JSG) at The University of Texas at Austin to ...
Oral Session IV: Improving Programs and Broadening Participation in Geoscience Education ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Claire McKinley, University of California-Davis
Alexandra Snell, Texas A & M University

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Moving the Needle by Expanding HBCU Pathways for Geoscience Education ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12:05 PT / 1:05 MT / 2:05 CT / 3:05 ET Online

Reginald Archer, Tennessee State University
Edith G. Davis, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Sue Ebanks, Savannah State University

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Whether one uses the language of the sub-fields or that of the overarching field, there has been a consistent theme over the past 40-plus years. The gross under-representation of African Americans in the ...
Campus as Conservation Classroom ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12:05 PT / 1:05 MT / 2:05 CT / 3:05 ET Online

Barbra Sobhani, Red Rocks Community College
Janet Stomberg, Red Rocks Community College

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Place-based learning develops a sense of belonging for the student and an investment in the local community. By drawing upon regional history, ecology, issues, and data, learners are shown clear ties between ...
Systematic evaluation of culturally responsive schooling and anti-racism frameworks in geoscience education programs for American Indian and Alaska Native students ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12:20 PT / 1:20 MT / 2:20 CT / 3:20 ET Online

Claire McKinley, University of California-Davis
Max Showalter, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Thomas Crofoot, Eastern Washington University

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As the geoscience community continues to address centuries of harm to, and erasure of Indigenous communities done by scientists, educators in K-12 and higher education have new interest in "decolonizing" ...
Deepening Elementary Teacher Knowledge in "Hard Science" to Enhance Science Teaching ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12:35 PT / 1:35 MT / 2:35 CT / 3:35 ET Online

Lisa Mussi, Manitou Springs Elementary
Wendy Abshire, AMS

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According to the National Academies Press, few elementary school teachers have their terminal degrees in science as compared to other disciplines and as such, can be intimidated by teaching science topics. Earth ...
The Geological Tactile Image Repository: A Digital Resource Collection to Support Instructors of Blind and Low-Vision Geoscience Students ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12:35 PT / 1:35 MT / 2:35 CT / 3:35 ET Online

Kent Ratajeski, University of Kentucky
P. Jack Reed, Stanford University
Sydney L. Clark, Kentucky Department of Public Health
Donna Lee, University of Kentucky
Christopher Atchison, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

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To support instructors of Blind and low-vision students and to make the visual component of geoscience more accessible to all students regardless of ability, we have developed a online repository of tactile images ...
Building a Career Pathway Starting in High School ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12:50 PT / 1:50 MT / 2:50 CT / 3:50 ET Online

Chelsea Campbell, Red Rocks Community College

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Industry guidance and input is vital for a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. The water industry needs fresh, energetic talent to fill the retirement gaps. A Water Quality Management (WQM) concurrent ...
Undergraduate research, university outreach, career training, and near-peer mentoring at Salt Lake Community College ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12:50 PT / 1:50 MT / 2:50 CT / 3:50 ET Online

Christopher Johnson, Salt Lake Community College

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Recruiting diverse students from community colleges is an underutilized way to increase diversity and participation in four-year geoscience programs. Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) partnered with local ...
Implementing Evidence-Based Strategies in an Experiential Learning Course to Enhance Self-Efficacy, geoSTEM Identity, and Career Awareness ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 1:05 PT / 2:05 MT / 3:05 CT / 4:05 ET Online

Meagen Pollock, College of Wooster
Greg Wiles, College of Wooster
Lisa Kastor, College of Wooster
Missy Schen, College of Wooster

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In Spring 2021, we offered a hybrid experiential learning course that implemented evidence-based strategies for increasing students' self-efficacy, geoSTEM identity, and awareness of geoscience careers. ...
Building Community and Comprehension with Collaborative Reading and Homework Assignments TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Wednesday 1:20 PT / 2:20 MT / 3:20 CT / 4:20 ET Online

Lance Tully, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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We used a combination of an OER textbook (https://opengeology.org/textbook/), a collaborative e-reading program (https://perusall.com/), and weekly homework assignments (Learning Journals) that students could work ...
Utilizing Backwards Design to create a Blended, Multicontext learning framework in a field-based Geoscience course ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 1:20 PT / 2:20 MT / 3:20 CT / 4:20 ET Online

Alissa Kotowski, McGill University
Nicholas Soltis, University of Indianapolis
Evan Ramos, The University of Texas at Austin
Vanshan Wright, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Kathy Ellins, The University of Texas at Austin
Dana Thomas, The University of Texas at Austin

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GeoFORCE is an out-of-school-time high school program that strives to increase the number of minoritized students pursuing STEM and Geoscience by exposing students to Geoscience through week-long field-based ...
Contributions From Earth Scientists of All Different Backgrounds ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 1:20 PT / 2:20 MT / 3:20 CT / 4:20 ET Online

Dan Ferandez, Anne Arundel Community College
Katherine Keough, Anne Arundel Community College

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During the 2020 school year, members of the Earth Science faculty at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) participated in course design activities within the 'General Oceanography' course. The design ...
Climathon: Adapting the "hackathon" model to engage undergraduates, researchers, and members of the community in building climate resilience ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 1:35 PT / 2:35 MT / 3:35 CT / 4:35 ET Online

Jason Cervenec, Ohio State University-Main Campus
Karina Peggau, Ohio State University-Main Campus
Geddy Davis, Ohio State University-Main Campus
Julia Armstrong, Ohio State University-Main Campus

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To increase the diversity of students engaged in climate resilience, expose students to soft skills needed in the modern workplace, and facilitate dialogue between university researchers and community members, a ...
Supporting Underrepresented STEM Scholars through the LSAMP STEM Scholars Program ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 1:35 PT / 2:35 MT / 3:35 CT / 4:35 ET Online

Janet Stomberg, Red Rocks Community College
Barbra Sobhani, Red Rocks Community College

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The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is a NSF-funded program that aims to support inclusion and diversity efforts in STEM, significantly increasing the numbers of underrepresented ...
Modeling and mapping lunar surface features TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Wednesday 1:35 PT / 2:35 MT / 3:35 CT / 4:35 ET Online

Daniel Barth, University of Arkansas Main Campus

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The most fundamental problem in teaching observational astronomy is image saturation - a student looks into a telescope at the Moon and says "Yeah, the Moon - I've seen it." An image in the ...
Assessing the Impact of Curriculum and Department Climate on Undergraduate Diversity, through Student Perceptions of Learning and Inclusion ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 1:35 PT / 2:35 MT / 3:35 CT / 4:35 ET Online

Alexandra Snell, Texas A & M University
Julie Newman, Texas A & M University
David Sparks, Texas A & M University

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This study investigates the impacts of the Texas A&M Geology & Geophysics (G&G) department cultural climate (via perceptions of inclusion) and curriculum (via perceptions of learning) on undergraduate ...
Bringing meaningful and diverse narratives into learning geology and paleontology through story maps ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 1:50 PT / 2:50 MT / 3:50 CT / 4:50 ET Online

Christy Visaggi, Georgia State University
Megan Rich, Georgia State University
Evan R. Jones, Georgia State University
Cameron Muskelly, Georgia State University
Leonardo A. Maduro-Salvarrey, Georgia State University
Candice E.N. Simon, Georgia State University
Robert A. Wilson, Georgia State University

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Stories can be used to make connections that not only convey information but bring emotion and deeper meaning into educational experiences. They offer an opportunity to humanize learning, foster community, and ...
Expectancy and Value as Drivers for Participation and Persistence in an Open-access Online Scientific Computing Training in Seismology ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 1:50 PT / 2:50 MT / 3:50 CT / 4:50 ET Online

Michael Hubenthal, IRIS Co
Mike Brudzinski, Miami University-Oxford

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During the summer of 2020, the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), in collaboration with Miami university, offered a free, 3-month, certificate-granting online workshop. This workshop sought ...
Toward creating a fully accessible, inclusive, and trauma sensitive learning environment in an online introductory geoscience course ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 2:05 PT / 3:05 MT / 4:05 CT / 5:05 ET Online

Kat Cantner, Minneapolis Community and Technical College

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We've navigated the transition to an online environment. We've heard the call to arms for equity and diversity, for the decolonization of science, and for increasing accessibility. What do you tackle ...
Curricular and co-curricular influences on student sustainability motivations, beliefs, and behaviors ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 2:05 PT / 3:05 MT / 4:05 CT / 5:05 ET Online

Lisa Gilbert, Cabrillo College
Hayden Gillooly, Williams College

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The InTeGrate (Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future) project created sustainability-focused modules for undergraduate courses. Pre and post-instruction surveys asked participating ...
Student Mental Health and Well-Being WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8-11am PT / 9am-12pm MT / 10am-1pm CT / 11am-2pm ET Online

Thandi Sule, Oakland University
Carmen McCallum, Eastern Michigan University

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This interactive workshop is designed to equip participants to better understand and support students around mental health concerns. Participants will practice their active living skills as well as learn how to ...
Thursday Plenary: Integrated STEM: Focusing on culturally-relevant Earth System Science PLENARY TALK
Thursday 12:00-1:00pm PT / 1:00-2:00pm MT / 2:00-3:00pm CT / 3:00-4:00pm ET Online

Gillian Roehrig, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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Central to integrated STEM is the use of real world problems as a context for learning to provide motivation and purpose for student learning. While research shows that engaging students in learning through ...
Promoting equity in graduate geoscience departments through the AGU Bridge Program POSTER SESSION
Friday 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET Online

Eva Kostyu, American Geophysical Union
Pranoti Asher, American Geophysical Union

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Gaps between undergraduate and graduate degrees attained by minoritized student populations exist across the physical sciences, including the geosciences. The AGU Bridge Program, as a member of the larger Inclusive ...
A New Method of Making and Observing Rock thin-sections for Classrooms POSTER SESSION
Friday 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET Online

Yoshio Okamoto, Osaka-Kyoiku University (part-time)

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Rock thin-sections are the essential tools for studying geology at K12 or college-level classrooms. They can change boring lectures about rocks to fascinating practices. However, due to the difficulties of ...
The Google-Earth GeoEd Video Library (GEGVL): a new, fun, and easy way to find good, place-based Geoscientific Videos for Teaching and Self-Education POSTER SESSION
Friday 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET Online

Ning Wang, The University of Texas at Dallas
Bob Stern, The University of Texas at Dallas

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To enhance expert-made and effective geoscience educational (GeoEd) videos more accessible for teachers and students, we built a place-based, geoscientist-reviewed GeoEd video library based on the widely-used ...
Employer Perceptions of Career Training and Disability in the Geosciences POSTER SESSION
Friday 11:15-11:45am PT / 12:15-12:45pm MT / 1:15-1:45pm CT / 2:15-2:45pm ET Online

Megan Brown, Northern Illinois University
Ashley Barry, Northern Illinois University
Parker Porter-Mareth, Northern Illinois University

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Geoscience's field based culture can provide a barrier for students, especially students with disabilities. Field coursework is required in many geoscience programs and is met by completing a four to eight ...