Theme: Attracting and Supporting Students

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

The Wow Factor: Cutting Rocks to Engage Students AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm SERC Building - 208

Kyle Fredrick, Pennsylvania Western University - California
Elisabeth Ervin-Blankenheim, Front Range Community College
Daniel Harris, Pennsylvania Western University - California

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Many of our students, including non-majors already bring an interest in rocks, crystals, or gems to their introductory-level geoscience classes. But traditional geology labs tend to focus on rock and mineral ...
LGBTQ+ Representation in the Geosciences... Showing Our Students That They Belong! AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm SERC Building - 234

Alicia Mullens, De Anza College

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The Geosciences, and science in general, has not always been the most approachable professional and academic field for members of marginalized communities to get started in. Despite the recent increase in ...
WRANE: an Out-of-School-Time Learning Ecosystem for Pre-University Students Focusing on Water-Related Geoscience Research ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:45pm

Tracy Quan, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Ashley Burkett, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Toni Ivey, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Jim Puckette, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus

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The Water Research, Assessment, and Networking Ecosystem (WRANE) is an NSF-funded program designed to educate pre-university students and teachers on water-related geoscience topics and increase the exposure of ...
GeoGradApp Workshops: increasing self-efficacy and elucidating the graduate school application process POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm

Malisse Lummus, University of Kansas Main Campus
Blair Schneider, University of Kansas Main Campus
Leigh Stearns, University of Kansas Main Campus

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Navigating through higher education can be tricky, and applying to graduate school is often a confusing and stressful time for people of all backgrounds. This career stage is especially challenging for first- ...
USC Young Researchers Program: Underrepresented High Schoolers Conduct Independent Research Projects with PhD Student Mentors POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm

Ryley Tibbetts, University of Southern California
Layla Vasquez, University of Southern California
Rebecca Stark, University of Southern California

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Founded in 2009, the University of Southern California's (USC) Young Researchers Program (YRP) is a graduate student-run program that recruits motivated rising high school seniors from local Title 1 schools in ...
Geoscience career-readiness seminars, featuring geoscience and related professionals, enhance student's career skills, guide their coursework and career-planning decisions, and increase their potential for success beyond graduation POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm

Robert Graziano, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Dyanna Czeck, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Career-readiness seminars have been developed in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) through a NSF-sponsored program, LET'S GEO (Learning Ecosystem for Training Student ...
Geology, Society, and Justice: An undergraduate and graduate level place-based geoscience class to recenter land justice in geoscience education POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm

Cameron Reed, University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Lindsay Worthington, University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Steven Semken, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Jennifer Richter, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus

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Geoscience education has long been guided by formulaic objective truth-seeking and methodologies inherited from centuries of practice rooted in the Western worldview that continues to permeate and shape the role of ...
Enhancing computational geoscience participation and training with the MTMOD project POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm

Dana Thomas, The University of Texas at Austin
Dunyu Liu, The University of Texas at Austin
Thorsten W Becker, The University of Texas at Austin
Alice Gabriel, University of California-San Diego
Shuoshuo Han, The University of Texas at Austin
Kaj Johnson, Indiana University-Bloomington
Luc Lavier, The University of Texas at Austin
Dave May, University of California-San Diego
Demian Saffer, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Daniel Trugman, The University of Texas at Austin
Laura Wallace, The University of Texas at Austin

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The Megathrust Modeling Framework (MTMOD) project is an NSF-supported Frontier Research in Earth Sciences (FRES) project connecting domain scientists, education leads, and research support staff, and a number of ...
Understanding Undergraduate Atmospheric Science Students' Sense of Belonging POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm

Haylie Nicole Mikulak, Auburn University Main Campus
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus

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​Sense of belonging is defined as an individual's feelings on how they fit in with a group, community, or organization including a person's undergraduate program. These personal and internal feelings ...
Developing capacity to attract diverse students to the geosciences: A public relations framework POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm

Rachel Teasdale, California State University-Chico
Colin Ferguson, Butte College
Tom George, Pleasant Valley High School
Andrew Harp, Shasta College
Debra Johnson, California State University-Chico
Marc Kessler, Chico High School
Susan Riggins, California State University-Chico

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The decreasing number of students graduating from Earth science programs combined with the lack of diversity in the geosciences plague the strength of academic departments and the professional workforce (1,2). ...
The Math Your Earth Science Majors Need: Co-curricular Math and Statistics modules for Earth science majors courses POSTER SESSION
Monday 4:30pm-6:00pm

Eric Baer, Highline Community College
Rory McFadden, Carleton College
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, Earthscope Consortium
Michael Coe, Cedar Lake Research Group

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Quantitative skills are critical in Earth science and students need sustained and distributed practice to strengthen their skills. Applying quantitative approaches to Earth science questions enhances students' ...
Exploring Earth's Dynamic Systems SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm

catherine etter, Cape Cod Community College

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The Earth's Dynamic Systems Lab aims to illustrate the interconnectedness of Earth's systems by depicting global and local climate change variables, biogeochemical cycles, and natural versus ...
Mission to Mars: Teaching Space Exploration and Technology Through Low-Tech Rover Simulations SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm

Juliane Gross, NASA
Lauren Neitzke Adamo, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Lauren Neitzke-Adamo, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

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Many misconceptions about Planetary Sciences and exploration still exist today despite the progress that scientists and engineers have made over the last 50+ years. Much of these advancements have occurred on Mars, ...
Horses and Their Ancestors - A Geologic Time Scale Card Sort of the Cenozoic Era SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm

Elisabeth Ervin-Blankenheim, Front Range Community College

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The concept of geologic time can be difficult for students to grasp because of the vast scale of the Earth's 4.56-billion-year biography. This hands-on, minds-on activity highlights events during the Cenozoic ...
Inquiry-based modeling in Earth Science SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm

Beth Dushman, Howard Community College

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Two activities are presented here, both using the Model-Based Inquiry method, in which students are introduced to a phenomenon, model an explanation, test those models with real scientific data, and share and ...
Spotlights and Stories: Improving representation and engagement of diverse individuals in introductory geoscience courses SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm

Katy Sparrow, Georgia State University
Christy Visaggi, Georgia State University

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"Spotlights and Stories" is a new initiative for introductory geoscience courses led by four faculty in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University (GSU). Through this easily adoptable ...
Earth's climate system SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm

Rondi Davies, CUNY Queensborough Community College

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An exploration of Earth's climate system was created for a physical geology laboratory class at an urban community college in New York City. At the outset, students engage with a phenomenon-based exploration ...
Utilizing Career Talks to Boost Student Interest and Career Awareness SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm

Ben Maas, Metropolitan State University

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Inviting people from a variety of careers into your classroom can not only be a way to boost interest in the topics covered in classes, but can also be used as a way to enhance career pathway awareness of students ...
Exploring Geoscience-related Careers through Sustainability SHARE-A-THON
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:40pm

Sequoyah McGee, American Geosciences Institute

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The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has created free online resources for students to explore and get excited about careers in the geosciences that can help to develop solutions to many of the problems faced ...
Paleontologists for a Day
Tuesday 2:50pm-3:10pm

Mattie Horne, Western Washington University
Robyn Mieko Dahl, Western Washington University

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This activity uses hands-on interaction with 3D-modeled fossils to guide students and educators through an exploration of critical geoscience concepts (deep time, paleoclimate, functional morphology, and ...
Attracting and Supporting Diverse Geoscientists ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm

Aradhna Tripati, University of California-Los Angeles

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Developing Dispositions to Help Students Succeed in the Workforce AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm SERC Building - 108B

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

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Recent work by Shafer et al. (2023) and unpublished employer interview data identified dispositions that employers of entry-level geoscientists are seeking. Such dispositions include a desire to learn, initiative, ...
Increasing geoscience enrollment and engagement by transforming perceptions of geoscience- Insights from outreach on YouTube and surveys ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:30pm

Rachel Phillips, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Enrollment in geoscience departments is currently decreasing, which is projected to cause a major shortage of geoscientists in the workforce over the next decade. It is crucial that we reverse this trend as ...
A Bridge to Marine Geosciences: A Learning Community for College Transfer Students ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:30pm

Mikelle Nuwer, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Jose M. Guzman, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Jane Dolliver, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
LuAnne Thompon, University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Kerry A Naish, University of Washington-Seattle Campus

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To address the issue of underrepresentation of historically excluded groups (HEG) working in STEM occupations, we developed GEODUC - "Geoscience Education, Oceanographic Discovery, Undergraduate ...
Relationships between Attrition and Student Performance in a Large-Enrollment Online Skill Training ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:30pm

Mike Brudzinski, Miami University-Oxford
Mayme Kalmer, Miami University-Oxford
Derreck Gossett, Miami University-Oxford
Michael Hubenthal, EarthScope
Gillian B Haberli, EarthScope Consortium

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The Seismology Skill Building Workshop (SSBW) is a 14 week online, asynchronous course designed to develop undergraduate skills in seismology and scientific computing. The SSBW has been an important addition to the ...
Becoming Flood Resilient: Investigating Hydrology Through Hands-on Activities TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Friday 1:30pm-1:50pm

Sequoyah McGee, American Geosciences Institute

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The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is offering an engaging professional development workshop for Earth Science teachers, focusing on a recently developed module that is centered around flooding phenomena. The ...
Co-Creating the Future of Science Communication: The SCI-LEnS Project at the University of British Columbia POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm

Frederick Beeby Maglaque, University of British Columbia
Kirsten Hodge, University of British Columbia
Ruth Moore, University of British Columbia
Raveen Sidhu, University of British Columbia
Wylee Fitz-Gerald, University of British Columbia
Laura Lukes, University of British Columbia
Emma Betz, University of British Columbia
David Anderson, University of British Columbia
Shandin Pete, University of British Columbia

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This presentation will provide an overview of the SCI-LEnS project (Student Curated Informal Learning and Engagement Spaces), an initiative at the University of British Columbia (UBC) redefining science ...
Opportunities in Geoscience Education and Inclusion in the Cascadia Region Earthquake Science Center (CRESCENT) POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm

Shannon Fasola, University of Oregon

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Great earthquakes (Mw > 8.5) on the Cascadia subduction zone pose a looking threat to the Pacific Northwest region of the US and Canada. Geologic data demonstrating instantaneous land level changes along the ...
Building Bridges to Broaden Participation in the Geosciences: The Center for Chemical Currencies of a Microbial Planet (C-CoMP) Bridge-to-PhD Fellowship Program POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm

Victoria Centurino, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Sonya Dyhrman, Columbia University in the City of New York

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The C-CoMP Bridge-to-PhD Fellowship program advances our goal of broadening participation in the ocean sciences by affording diverse cohorts of Fellows opportunities to explore their research interests, gain ...