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Essays on Broadening Access to the Earth and Environmental Sciences

These essays were contributed in association with the February 2014 workshop on Broadening Access to the Earth and Environmental Sciences held at Arizona State University. Workshop participants and community members submitted essays in response to the prompt:

Submit a 1-2 page essay describing how your programs help students understand the relevance of their learning about the Earth to issues they care about. What does it mean to be "societally important" and "relevant" to your student population? How does this work inform the department's work throughout the cycle of attracting new students, supporting them through the major, and preparing them for careers?

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Geology at NOVA: Important ideas that are failing to reach everyone
Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College
Callan Bentley, Math, Science and Engineering, Northern Virginia Community College Part I: No plan for minorities, and the data show it At Northern Virginia Community College's Annandale campus, we have no ...

Institution Type: Non-minority-serving

Infusing Relevant, Community-Based Environmental Investigations into Introductory Environmental and Geoscience Curriculum
Julie Maxson, Metropolitan State University
Julie Maxson, Natural Sciences, Metropolitan State University Because the majority of Metropolitan State University students are adult residents of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and Saint Paul) they are strongly ...

Institution Type: Non-minority-serving

Importance of role models, introductory courses, and outreach to increasing the number of majors in geosciences
Larry Braile, Purdue University-Main Campus
Lawrence W. Braile, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Purdue University-Main Campus Many of us have likely had experience with the following ideas and strategies for increasing the number of geosciences ...

Institution Type: Non-minority-serving

Learning about the Earth at the University of South Alabama
Carol Sawyer, University of South Alabama
Carol Sawyer, Earth Sciences, University of South Alabama With the University of South Alabama being a primary region-serving institution, students are most concerned about all aspects of the coastal environment ...

Institution Type: Non-minority-serving

Developing a strong Geology Program at the University of Puerto Rico
Hernan Santos, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
Hernan Santos, Department of Geology, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez The University of Puerto Rico offers a Master and a Bachelors degree in Geology at the Mayagüez Campus. The Geology Department is composed ...

Institution Type: Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

Copper Triangle Pilot Project: Enhancing Opportunities for Geoscience Studies and Careers in a Culturally Diverse, Underserved Rural Mining Area
Steven Semken, Arizona State University
Steven Semken, Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus The Copper Triangle Pilot Project (CTPP) is an NSF Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity grant project (GEO-1108044) ...

Institution Type: Non-minority-serving

Using hazards to engage students
Eric Baer, Highline College
Eric Baer, Geosciences, Highline Community College Highline Community College is located in the Puget Sound region and therefore our students live with multiple geologic hazards including earthquakes, mass ...

Institution Type: Non-minority-serving

The SOARS Program - Engaging Minority Students through Geoscience Research Experiences
Rebecca Haacker-Santos, UCAR
Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric and Related Sciences (SOARS) combines a summer internship with year-round mentoring, conference travel, and publishing support. During their ten week internship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), SOARS protégés get to choose a research topic and will explore it with the help of their scientific mentors. They also attend a weekly scientific communication workshop, seminars about graduate school and career choices, and complete end-of-summer poster and oral presentations. Topics of research span the broad field of climate and weather, including computing and engineering in support of the atmospheric sciences.

Institution Type: Non-minority-serving

Maintaining Undergraduate Geoscience Education Excellence in a Climate of Emerging Research Institution
Tania Anders, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
Tania Anders, Physical and Environmental Sciences, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), a Hispanic-serving Institution, is currently seeking status of ...

Institution Type: Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

SAFL/NCED: Promoting broadened participation through networking, mentoring, team building, and institutional change.
Diana Dalbotten, University of Minnesota
Diana Dalbotten, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory/National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities For a decade and more, the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED) has been ...

Institution Type: Non-minority-serving

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