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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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Increasing Participation in the Geosciences at El Paso Community College
Joshua Villalobos, El Paso Community College
Community Colleges currently serve 44% of all undergraduate students and 45% of all of all first time freshmen in the US. The combined low cost and flexibility of community colleges has also meant that they accommodate a large percentage of minorities entering higher education. Hispanics now constitute 15% of the general population and 19% of college population in the US. This increase has led to more Institutions being designated HSI (Hispanic Serving Institutions) by the federal government, where at least 25 percent of the full-time-equivalent students are Latino.

Institution Type: Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

Sustaining an Undergraduate Research Program that Serves as a Bridge Between 2YC and 4YC
Diane Doser, University of Texas at El Paso, The
For the past ~4 years the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) has been working with El Paso Community College (EPCC) to help ease the transition of underrepresented students in geoscience and environmental science between our institutions. One of most successful activities has been the establishment of cross-institutional research projects with EPCC students. Support for the projects originally came from WAESO (Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities) and later an NSF OEDG grant to EPCC, but continuation of the research program requires it to become self-sustaining. In the past year we have focused on a variety of research projects that can be conducted in agricultural fields located with ~300 m of the Mission del Valle campus of EPCC. The projects primarily focus on geochemistry, geophysics and sedimentology and how these factors affect agricultural crop yields.

Institution Type: Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

The SOARS Program - Engaging Minority Students through Geoscience Research Experiences
Rebecca Haacker, 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

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

Building context for Students in Environmental Sciences
Gary Weissmann, University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Gary Weissmann, Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico-Main Campus Preamble to essay: This work represents only one opinion and set of observations about the Environmental Sciences degree program ...

Institution Type: Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

Recognizing the Advantages of an Endemic Diverse Population at Mesa Community College
Joanna Scheffler, Mesa Community College
Joanna Scheffler, Physical Sciences, Mesa Community College Diversity within the Physical Sciences Department at Mesa Community College (MCC) benefits from the diversity of the college population in general. We do ...

Institution Type: Non-minority-serving

Creating a Thriving Geoscience Program at a Small, Minority-Serving Public University
Dirk Baron, California State University-Bakersfield
Dirk Baron, Geological Sciences, California State University, Bakersfield California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) is located in Kern County in the southern San Joaquin Valley of California. It is the only ...

Institution Type: Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

Geology at Western Kentucky University: turning Earth Enthusiasts into Engaged Earth Scientists
Fred Siewers, Western Kentucky University
Fredrick Siewers, Geography and Geology, Western Kentucky University Geology majors at Western Kentucky University (WKU) have a deep connection to the Earth, either through personal experience having grown up in a ...

Institution Type: Non-minority-serving

CUAHSI Education and Outreach Programs
Emily Geosling and Jennifer Arrigo, CUAHSI As a university consortium operating on a national scale, CUAHSI has a unique role to provide our university community members with support and opportunities to integrate ...

Institution Type: Non-minority-serving

Integrating Undergraduate Research into the Geosciences at a Two-Year College
Kaatje Kraft, Whatcom Community College
Kaatje Kraft, Physical Science, Mesa Community College Research supports that undergraduate research (UGR) is critical for preparing students to be successful in STEM domains. In addition, there is evidence that ...

Institution Type: Non-minority-serving

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