Councilor – Jeff Ryan

Jeff RyanJeff Ryan is Professor and Assistant Chair of the geology department at the University of South Florida.  He first became a GeoCUR member in 1996 and a Councilor in 2000.

“It was trying to learn how to mentor undergraduate researchers both effectively and efficiently that initially drew me to CUR. And it was the desire to learn more about “the other part of my job”, that of being a geoscience educator, that led me to run for Councilor (a couple times before being elected!); to participate in and help facilitate sessions and workshops at CUR Conferences; to serve as a rotating Program Officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education at NSF; and now to both work as a facilitator in the new CUR Institute “Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution”, and to conduct my own funded educational scholarship: an NSF-Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement Program project examining the educational impacts of using research instrumentation in geosciences courses, taking advantage of the remote operation capabilities of a regional electron microprobe/scanning electron microscope regional research facility to allow students to conduct their own measurements on their own collected rock samples (from the Blue Ridge) live while in class.”

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