Essay Instructions

We ask each participant in this workshop to write a short essay about the role of two-year colleges in geoscience education and/or in broadening participation in the geosciences. We hope that your essay will be a strong piece of writing sharing a few important ideas, points, or results that you think will be of high interest to the other participants, rather than a comprehensive list of all of your work. The essays will be posted on the workshop website. Your essay should address one of the following questions.

  • What have you found to be most successful in broadening participation in the geosciences at your institution and what made it successful? Consider what aspects of this success are translatable to other two-year colleges.
  • What are one or two examples of what you've done that has been successful in terms of promoting earth science literacy, developing the geoscience technical workforce (students entering the workforce following their associates degree), and/or preparing future geoscience majors?
  • What strategies have you or your program used to meet one or two of the challenging aspects of teaching at a two-year college?
  • Describe one aspect about your experience/expertise related to geoscience education and/or broadening participation in two-year colleges that would be useful for others.

The purpose of this essay is to provide an introduction to the other workshop participants to your work and thinking on the topic of geoscience education in two-year colleges and/or the role two-year colleges in broadening participation in the geosciences. The essays will be posted on the workshop website and become part of the body of work about geoscience in two-year colleges. Essays should be no longer than two pages. Your essay should have your name and institution at the top of the page. If there are references (either your own or the work of others) that are important to your thinking, please list them at the end of the essay. Please save your essay as a Microsoft Word or PDF file and use the Essay Upload form to send it to us.