Welcome from the Current and Past Chair

Welcome to the GeoCUR website.  GeoCUR is our informal branding of the Geosciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research.  GeoCUR advances the mission of CUR “to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship” among the geosciences community. We encourage you to explore the resources and opportunities available through CUR and GeoCUR.

The Geosciences Division of the CUR includes a growing group of faculty and administrators who are dedicated to engaging the next generation of geoscientists in meaningful experiences that help them better own their education.  As we all know, geoscience educators do a good job of providing innovative learning-by-doing opportunities for our students. Our members interact and share the ways we engage students in research experiences in and out of the classroom.  We often sponsor or co-sponsor workshops and sessions designed to introduce best practices for engaging students in the classroom, mentoring groups and individuals in extracurricular research experiences, assessment of exercises and experiences, and the intentional integration of research skills development into our curricula.

As you will see while you explore this website, we offer annual awards, such as “Excellence in Student Research” and an “Undergraduate Research Mentor Award”. GeoCUR partners with national and international efforts to 1) help broaden the pipeline of interest in the geosciences by increasing the number, quality and diversity of undergraduates in the geosciences, 2) engage our undergraduates in meaningful research experiences throughout their educational careers, and 3) help these students transition into careers in our disciplines.  We sponsor Undergraduate Poster Sessions at several section meetings of the GSA, in addition to the AGU Fall Meeting. CUR is the voice of undergraduate research for faculty.  Our aim is to help make GeoCUR that for our discipline.  So, we invite you to be involved as a member and to consider offering your time and talents to become a councilor for the division.

Best wishes,
Mark and Ginny

Mark Lord     
GeoCUR Chair  
Western Carolina University

Ginny Peterson
GeoCUR Immediate Past Chair
Grand Valley State University

Past Division Chairs

2020-2023    Mark Lord
2017-2020    Ginny Peterson
2014-2017     Lee Phillips
2012-2014     Patricia Manley (Welcome message)
2010-2012     Ed Hansen
2008-2010     Laura Guertin (Welcome message)
2006-2008     Jeff Ryan
2004-2006     Lydia Fox
2002-2004     Lori Bettison-Varga
2000-2002     Jill Singer
1998-2000     Jill Singer
1996-1998     John Creasy
1994-1996     Don Woodrow
1992-1994     Barbara Tewksbury

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