Theme: Attracting and Supporting Students

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

How is your Program Helping Students Prepare for the Jobs they Want? WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am E Building 220

Anne Egger, Central Washington University
Karen Viskupic, Boise State University

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In this workshop, we will help you make more explicit connections between the skills you are building in your geoscience programs and the skills that geoscience employers (and graduate schools) are seeking. You ...
Increasing Representation of Diverse Geoscientists with Geoscientist Spotlights in Introductory Courses AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Science Village 2

Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Peyton Smalls, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Meryssa Piper, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Connor Chilton, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Geoscientist Spotlights, modeled off of Scientist Spotlights, offer an opportunity for more students to see themselves as geoscientists. These short, reflective writing assignments can be used across a wide range ...
Building Inclusive, Collegial, and Productive Interdisciplinary Project and Research Teams AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm E Building 104

Julie Sexton, University of Colorado at Boulder
Anne Egger, Central Washington University

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Geoscience education projects often require teams that are made up of K-12 and higher education faculty, researchers, students, and staff from multiple disciplines and institutions. This complex, interdisciplinary ...
Field trips as multidimensional and transformative educational opportunities ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:30pm E Building 220

ling O'Connor, Pasadena City College

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Field trips, in the arms of nature of the great outdoors, provide a golden opportunity for facilitating multi-dimensional educational experiences, that address some of the current challenges we face in the technol ...
Climate Outreach in Undergraduate Programs: A Student Perspective ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:30pm E Building 220

Gabrielle Brown, Northern Vermont University - Lyndon
Janel Hanrahan, Northern Vermont University

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Many students desire to become better communicators on anthropogenic climate change but are easily intimidated by the topic and how it is discussed in society. This has increased the importance of having outlets ...
Understanding Weather Extremes with Big Data: Inspiring Rural Youth in Data Science (WeatherX) ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:45pm E Building 202

Brian Fitzgerald, Mount Washington Observatory

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As scientific discovery becomes ever more data-driven, there is a critical need to build a scientific workforce with robust skills in scientific modeling and large-scale data analysis. Nowhere is the need to ...
Creating connections at sea - HBCUs and STEMSEAS ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:45pm E Building 220

Sharon Cooper, Columbia University in the City of New York
Jon Lewis, Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
Lisa White, University of California Museum of Paleontology
Shondricka Burrell, Morgan State University
Emmanuel Atta-Obeng, Coppin State University
Mintesinot Jiru, Coppin State University
Loretta Williams Gurnell, SUPERGirls SHINE Foundation
Dwight Ebanks, Savannah State University
Justin Ballenger, Morehouse College
Dawn Lewis, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Reginald Archer, Tennessee State University

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The STEMSEAS project aims to increase the number and diversity of undergraduate students who participate in scientific expeditions and enter the fields of Earth and ocean sciences. The STEMSEAS leadership team ...
Enhancing Computational Pathways in Undergraduate Environmental Majors ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:00pm E Building 220

Lisa Doner, Plymouth State University
Bhuwan Thapa, Appalachian State University
Simon Pendleton, Plymouth State University

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Digital and computational literacy, including the understanding, implementation and application of computer, software, and programming are increasingly important criteria for positions within the environmental ...
Climate Justice in Academia: A Graduate Student-Led Initiative for Learning, Community, and Action POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm Quad

Kira Fish, University of California-Los Angeles
Sara Graves, University of California-Los Angeles
Surabhi Biyani, University of California-Los Angeles

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It is well established that climate change disproportionately affects traditionally marginalized groups, including low income communities, people of color, and the global South. Despite this reality, climate ...
Students Ability to Relate to Scientists: Impacts of Geoscientist Spotlights POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm Quad

Peyton Smalls, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Geosciences struggle with a significant diversity problem and have the lowest participation rates of historically marginalized individuals in science and engineering occupations (URGE, 2022; AGI, 2020). Majors ...
Field notes from the geoscience classroom by the June 2022 & January 2023 NAGT Outstanding Teaching Assistants POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm Quad

Kristen Foley, Western Michigan University
Madelyn Petersen, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Joey Pasterski, University of Illinois at Chicago
Sydney Beltran, Tennessee Technological University
Elyssa Rivera, Auburn University Main Campus
Beth Bartel, Michigan Technological University
Ashlesha Khatiwada, The University of Montana-Missoula
Nicole Wagner, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Kiersten Crye, Georgia State University
Katie Withrow

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Teaching assistants (TAs) provide an important source of connection for undergraduate students, helping them master content, become more confident as scientists, and develop a wide array of skills. NAGT annually ...
Recruiting Experience - Early Results from Targeted Strategies at Baylor University POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm Quad

Wayne Hamilton, Baylor University
Joe Yelderman Jr., Baylor University
Sharon Browning, Baylor University

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K-12 curriculum can affect career choices and potential college majors. Worldwide events such as a pandemic, petroleum prices, and changing climate can also affect these choices. Baylor University has employed ...
The Impacts of a First-Year Seminar on Academic and Career Planning for Earth System Science Students at UCI POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm Quad

Elizabeth Crook, University of California-Irvine
Julie Ferguson, University of California-Irvine

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Retention of students in geoscience fields, particularly of traditionally underrepresented groups, remains a nationally recognized concern. Many studies have shown that first-year seminars can have a positive ...
Teaching physics in context for environmental science and policy majors POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm Quad

Julie Ferguson, University of California-Irvine
Elizabeth Crook, University of California-Irvine

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It is common for traditional geoscience majors to take at least a year of core STEM courses, including chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics. At UC Irvine, these introductory courses are often large (400+ ...
Peer Mentoring Program to Improve Psychosocial and Academic Student Support and Positively Impact Geoscience Undergraduate Success POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm Quad

Nicole Bonuso, California State University-Fullerton
Virginia Isava, California State University-Fullerton

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Student retention of California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) Geological Sciences majors from year 1 to 2 fell 55.6% in 2018. In addition, geosciences remain one of the least diverse STEM fields in terms of ...
Anyone Can Be An Geoscientist: The Impact of Diverse Representation From Draw-an-Earth-Scientist Tests (DAEST) POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm Quad

Connor Chilton, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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The geosciences have the lowest participation rates of historically marginalized individuals in science positions, and are a field where people who "discover" the major often mostly see historical ...
Increasing STEM Interest through a Placed-Based Interdisciplinary Field Course for TRIO High School Students POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm Quad

Sharon Bywater-Reyes, University of Northern Colorado
Chelsie Romulo, University of Northern Colorado
Andrew Creekmore, University of Northern Colorado
Sarah Johnson, Wild Rose Education
Shirley Vincent, Vincent Evaluation Consulting

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We piloted a field-based summer bridge program for Upward Bound enrolled high school students (a federal TRIO program). Longterm, our goal is to recruit, support, and retain historically underrepresented and ...
Science and communication at sea: The JR Academy for undergraduate students POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm Quad

Sharon Cooper, Columbia University in the City of New York
Lisa White, University of California Museum of Paleontology
Laurel Childress, Texas A & M University

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The JR Academy is a program for undergraduate students on the ocean drilling vessel, JOIDES Resolution (JR). Designed to inspire students toward geoscience topics and careers, it was held in February 2023 for the ...
Reef Survivor Jamaica- Modification of an undergraduate geoscience board game for Jamaican communities (middle school children and adults) SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm CC Building Circadian

Caitlin Currie, The University of Texas at Austin
Estefania Salgado-Jauregui, Servicio Geologico Colombiano
Claire Williams, The University of Texas at Austin
Rowan Martindale, The University of Texas at Austin
Debbie-Ann Gordon-Smith, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
Denise Henry, Alligator Head Foundation, Portland, Jamaica
Kathy Ellins, The University of Texas at Austin

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Educational geoscience games have been increasing in popularity because they promote learning through amusement and encourage learners to engage with complex systems. This educational board game teaches players ...
The AGU Bridge Program: How to get involved and why it matters ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm CC Building Circadian

Eva Kostyu, American Geophysical Union

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The AGU Bridge Program started in 2019 and has grown to include over forty-five partner geoscience departments and more than forty students enrolled in graduate studies through the Bridge student application. This ...
Unearth Your Future: An online module about geoscience careers using DEI by design
Tuesday 3:50pm-4:10pm E Building 202

Danielle Sumy, EarthScope
Heather Houlton, Colorado School of Mines

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This is a 4-hour online, asynchronous module about geoscience careers using diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by design. The module can accompany existing introductory curriculum to introduce students to a ...
Ungrading for Equity: Developing assessment strategies that support learning for all students AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Science Village 2

Katharine Johanesen, Juniata College
Lily Claiborne, Vanderbilt University
Gabrielle Brown, Northern Vermont University - Lyndon
Easton Maxey, Vanderbilt University

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Ungrading is the practice of decentering or removing grades from the learning process to better support diverse student needs. It can help to reduce student stress and anxiety, stimulate more meaningful reflection ...
Essential factors to consider when partnering with and creating youth diversity outreach programs ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:30pm E Building 202

Leah Turner, The University of Texas at Austin

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GeoFORCE Texas at the University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences is a very large, well-funded youth diversity outreach program created to introduce high school students to STEM, especially the geosciences. ...
Because, We Are Scientists PLENARY TALK
Thursday 4:30pm-5:45pm CC Building Creveling

Vashan Wright, University of California-San Diego

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How do we successfully increase belonging, accessibility, justice, equity, and inclusion (BeAJEDI) in STEM? My opinions are based on a synthesis of past research and the vision that guided the development of ...
Ice Core Science TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Friday 2:10pm-2:30pm E Building 202

Elizabeth Nagy, Pasadena City College
Louise Huffman, Dartmouth College
Bill Grosser, U.S. Ice Drilling Program

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Do you teach students about earth's cryosphere? You should! The Ice Drilling Program (IDP) Education and Outreach office offers free, downloadable resources (icedrill-education.org) related to earth's ...
An Oceanographic Analysis Using Maps: Oxnard College’s Study of the Hueneme Submarine Canyon Configuration, in California State Waters and Federal Waters within the San Pedro Channel, Offshore California POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm

Thomas O'Neil, Oxnard College
Joseph Saenz, Oxnard College
Frank Denison, Geology Consultant

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The Hueneme Submarine Canyon's configuration is structurally controlled by the Hueneme Fault Zone that was mapped from UNOCAL's seismic line collection in the 1980's. The Canyon depths were also ...
Using Student-Focused Design to Develop an Undergraduate Earth Science Course POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm

Janel Ancayan, California State University-Long Beach
Alyssa Abbey, California State University-Long Beach

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Course-based research experiences (CBREs) and applying scientific skills to "real" problems have been shown to increase students' interest and retention in STEM fields (e.g., Papendieck et al., 2018; ...
Breaking Down Barriers with an Interactive, Accessible, Culturally Responsive Open Education Resource (OER) for Geology of California Courses POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm

Allison Jones, Sierra College
Emily Wright, College of the Redwoods
Martha House, Pasadena City College
Debra Brooks, Santiago Canyon College
Steven Newton, College of Marin
steven skinner, California State University-Sacramento
Ryan Hollister, Modesto Junior College

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The adoption of OER has been shown to reduce student textbook costs. Yet most geoscience courses taught at California community colleges lack OER, creating unnecessary barriers for students. Geoscience educators ...
Oxnard College’s Earth Science, Oceanography, & Geology Program Integrated with Field Trips of Extinct Volcanic Centers, Hydrocarbon Seeps, and Shoreline Sand Migration in Central and Southern CA POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm

Joseph Saenz, Oxnard College
Thomas O'Neil, Oxnard College
Frank Denison, Geology Consultant

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Our Oxnard College students are involved in learning about Oceanography, Geology, and Earth Science in the Ventura County area. Learning is combined with Canvas course software supporting textbook instruction, and ...
A Field Exercise on the Flow Regime: A Fundamental Concept in a Sedimentology Course POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm

Mario V Caputo, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

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In sedimentology courses, I emphasized the flow regime; how bedforms and their internal structure develop and transform at the sediment-water interface. It is essential for geology students to understand the flow ...