2014 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting & Exposition
19-22 October 2014
Vancouver, BC, Canada http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2014/home/
Technical Session T55. Models of Undergraduate Research in the Marine Sciences
Laura A. Guertin, Patricia Manley
Council on Undergraduate Research Geosciences Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers
This session will highlight undergraduate research opportunities, programs, and successes focused in the marine sciences. Submissions may range from field-based projects to utilization of online databases for independent or group investigations.
SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT BY JULY 29, 2014!
Workshop #523. Getting Started in Undergraduate Research for New, Future and Current Faculty.
Sat., 18 Oct., 1–5 p.m.
US$40. Limit: 20. CEU: 0.4.
Instructors: Lydia Fox, University of the Pacific Cosponsor: Council on Undergraduate Research Geosciences Division
This workshop is for faculty and postdoctoral scientists/graduate students. Topics will focus on integrating research practices into the classroom, scaling projects for students, effective approaches to mentoring undergraduate researchers, identifying funding sources. Based on the demographics of our participants, we may also include information on how to get a job at an academic institution where undergraduate research is required/emphasized.
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Liz Johnson is an associate professor in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She began serving as a GeoCUR councilor in 2014.
“I am pleased and honored to serve as a councilor in the geosciences. My passion for research at the undergraduate level originated with my own research experiences in high school and college. These projects were invaluable in focusing my career interests and helped me to learn science by doing science. To me, the greatest joy as an undergraduate research mentor is witnessing the development of students’ scientific creativity, ownership of the project, and confidence to move into their future careers. I have personally mentored more than 25 student projects so far in my career, but I wish to help as many students as possible benefit from the experience of undergraduate research. I am excited to be a part of CUR and I look forward to being a part of its mission to promote and support undergraduate research.”
Erik Klemetti is an assistant professor in Geosciences at Denison University. He has been serving as a GeoCUR councilor since 2013.
“Undergraduate research in my own experience is was launched me onto the path I know follow as a geoscientist. It seems only fitting that I would want to share that experience with my current students at a small liberal arts school like Denison as the ability to see how science gets done is central to anyone hoping to pursue a career in the field. This means that no matter what direction you might head — industry, outreach, teaching, research, academia — being able to experience how an idea becomes a research project becomes new knowledge is vital. CUR understands this and helps to promote the value of undergraduate research, both for the students themselves and for the faculty to mentor. Having an organization that can support faculty in developing undergraduate research programs in their own work or at a institution as a whole and an organization that will lobby for the financial support needed to keep these programs running in critical to have a successful backbone of undergraduate research across the nation.”
For the first time in 2014, CUR’s Geoscience Division presented the GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research. Please review the citations from the nominators and join us in congratulating our first group of student awardees.
SESSION: ED23D. Models of Successful Undergraduate Research Programs in the Earth Sciences
With advances in technology, increased field access, changes in funding, increased interdisciplinary work, and global connections, undergraduate research mentoring and programs are varied in their structure and expectations. This session encourages submissions from mentors, departments, and/or institutions to describe models of working with individual students to describing department requirements and institution-wide practices. We encourage submissions that address how mentors and administrators are successfully addressing challenges of supporting students with resources beyond normal grant funding for student work. (3 posters)
*FOR STUDENTS ONLY* SESSION: ED33D. Undergraduate Geoscience Research and Outreach Posters
This poster session will bring together undergraduate student presenters with faculty co-authors to highlight Earth science, geoscience, space science, and geophysics research experiences and outreach efforts. Students from community colleges to research institutions, from the freshman through senior years are encouraged to disseminate their original ongoing and completed projects. The first author on the abstract must be an undergraduate student. This session is co-sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research-Geoscience Division, Society of Physics Students, the National Science Foundation- Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program, and the American Geophysical Union. (31 posters)
*FOR STUDENTS IN TWO-YEAR COLLEGES ONLY* SESSION: ED41C. Undergraduate Geoscience Research and Outreach Posters Virtual E-Poster Session Only)
This virtual poster session will bring together two-year college undergraduate student presenters with faculty co-authors to highlight Earth science, geoscience, space science, and geophysics research experiences and outreach efforts. Students from community colleges are encouraged to disseminate their original ongoing and completed projects. The first author on the abstract must be a two-year college student. Authors will participate in this session virtually; physical presence at the Fall Meeting is not required. Authors will receive more information on the logistics of their virtual participation once their abstract has been accepted. This session is co-sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research-Geoscience Division, Society of Physics Students, the National Science Foundation- Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program, and the American Geophysical Union. (4 posters)
Workshop – Getting Started with Undergraduate Research (*registration full)
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The third recipient of the GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award is Mary Savina, from Carleton College. View the award citation (PDF file) and listen to an interview with the awardee (hit the “play” arrow below the image).
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Kim Hannula is a Professor of Geoscience, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Undergraduate Research Director at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She began serving as a GeoCUR Councilor in 2013, but also was also a councilor from 1999-2005.
“I think the goal of undergraduate education is to produce graduates who can think for themselves. There’s nothing like research to force students to struggle with their own ideas, to question their assumptions, to solve problems, and to be creative.”