Workshop Overview

Workshop Goals

The primary objective of the workshop is to prepare participants with a level of exposure to the IGUaNA curricular modules and experience with the topics so that they may be able to incorporate IGUaNA materials in their courses.

Participants will leave the workshop with:

  • a thorough understanding of the topics covered in each of the three published IGUaNA modules, including the geophysical themes and the societal relevance of each of the modules:
  • a thorough understanding of the alignment of IGUaNA learning goals, assignments / activities, and learning assessments
  • experience in collecting seismic refraction, electrical resistivity, and / or ground penetrating radar data in the field
  • experience in teaching other people how to collect geophysical data
  • a plan for integrating one or more IGUANA modules, in part or in whole, into their own courses
  • a network of colleagues interested in teaching about geophysics through real-world urban and environmental applications


Workshop activities will begin at 8:30 AM on August 10 and will conclude with a group dinner on the evening of August 11. Participants are expected to arrive in Laramie on August 9th. There will be an optional field trip to Blair Wallis and Vedauwoo Rocks on the morning of August 12th. Participants are asked to make travel arrangements that allow attending the entire workshop. Hotel rooms will be provided to accommodate participants' travel schedules.


IRIS is committed to fostering the exchange of scientific ideas by providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all IRIS sponsored meeting participants, including but not limited to attendees, speakers, staff, volunteers, and vendors. We value the participation of every member of the community and want all participants to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. All participants in the workshop, including workshop leaders and staff, are expected to review and abide by the IRIS Code of Conduct.

In addition, we ask all participants to

COVID Precautions

Our COVID safety policy is built around a three-pronged strategy: Vax, Mask, and Test.


Only individuals with CDC-designated up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations will be permitted to attend the workshop in person.


All in-person participants will be required to wear masks while indoors, unless they are giving a presentation, or actively eating or drinking.


  • On-site rapid test kits will be available at no cost for any participants who feel unwell and/or have COVID-like symptoms.
  • Attendees who test positive during or within 5 days prior to the workshop must refrain from all in-person workshop participation and follow CDC guidance on quarantine and isolation

To the extent possible, participant seating will be arranged with an eye toward maintaining social distancing.

We encourage all workshop attendees to follow CDC best practices for protecting themselves and those around them from becoming infected.


There will be no cost to participants for participating in the workshop. All expenses, including travel expenses, will be covered by the National Science Foundation's Seismological Facilities for the Advancement of Geoscience (SAGE) Award under Cooperative Support Agreement EAR-1851048.

Application and Selection Criteria

The workshop size is limited. Participants will be selected with the goal of assembling a group representing a wide range of experiences and educational environments. Priority will be given to those who teach at MSIs or 2YCs and to individuals who belong to groups that have been historically marginalized in STEM.


Participants will stay in the Hilton Garden Inn, Laramie ( This site may be offline. ) , on the University of Wyoming campus. The workshop will take place at the University of Wyoming campus and in the Medicine Bow National Forest. Tutorials and discussions will be hosted in an accessible active-learning classroom spaces and training on software related to field measurements will be done in the Geology & Geophysics Department computer labs. Field activities will take advantage of a long-term research site ~15 min drive from campus in the Laramie Mountain range.

For additional information, see the workshop logistics page.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Andy Parsekian ( or Carol Ormand (