AGU Town Hall on Discovery-Based Research Experiences

Members of the Geoscience Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) are leading a Town Hall session at the upcoming American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco titled National Academy of Sciences Convocation Report: Integrating Discovery-Based Research Experiences into the Undergraduate STEM Curriculum.

Integrating Discovery Based Research convocation report coverNew possibilities and challenges to providing and scaling up opportunities for large numbers of undergraduates to engage in discovery-based research and related activities reflect the evidence base and current systemic infrastructure of higher education. The National Research Council hosted a Convocation in May 2015 on this very topic, inspired by the 2012 PCAST report “Engage to Excel,” which urged the STEM education community and funding agencies to “advocate and provide support for replacing standard laboratory courses with discovery-based research courses.” Panelists Laura Guertin (member of Convocation organizing committee and GeoCUR Council), Jeffrey Ryan (GeoCUR Council and Convocation participant), and Pranoti Asher (Geo CUR member and Convocation participant, representing AGU) will speak to the Convocation report and explore critical issues on student benefits, required institutional changes, and managing costs/benefits.

Copies of the Convocation report will be available at the Town Hall for attendees. In addition, the report can be ordered online or downloaded for free from: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/21851.

The Town Hall is being held on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, from 12:30PM to 1:30PM, in Moscone West 2009. Questions about the report and session may be directed to Laura Guertin (guertin “at” psu.edu).

For those unable to attend the Town Hall, a poster on the same topic will be presented on Monday morning (8AM to Noon), December 14, in Moscone South Poster Hall, Booth 851. The poster can be viewed online.

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AGI hosts 2015 “Life as a Geoscientist” Photo Contest

AGI is looking for any and all geoscience images featuring our internships, research, or geoscience work as a whole. Photos can be entered into three different categories: Outdoor Lab, Indoor Lab, and Data Visualization. AGI wants our best photos showing what geoscience work and research looks like and why we love being a geoscientist. Submitting epic photos allows participants the opportunity to win prizes!

All submitted materials should be sent to workforce1@americangeosciences.org

Deadline to submit is November 6th, 2015

Visit the following website for full details: http://www.americangeosciences.org/workforce/life-geoscientist-photo-contest

A high-resolution flyer (same as the one shown below) can be downloaded from here.

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GeoCUR signs on to AGI’s Disability Consensus Statement

Disability Consensus Statement

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) statement on access and inclusion of geoscientists living with disabilities, written as a community document in 2015, serves to increase awareness of the challenges we face and the responsibilities we have as a community, and provides examples of ethical practices toward this group of individuals.  A list of AGI’s membership societies who have agreed to formally support this statement is provided and includes the Geoscience Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (GeoCUR).  A downloadable PDF is available online. This is the first step, of many, on our collective journey to providing full access and promoting inclusion of geoscientists with disabilities into our academic programs and workforce.

To read the full statement online, visit: http://www.americangeosciences.org/community/disability-consensus-statement

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Councilor – Jennifer Wenner

jenwennerJennifer Wenner is a Professor of Geology at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with expertise in igneous petrology/geochemistry and geoscience education.  She has been a councilor since 2013.

“Undergraduate research is one of the most important and rewarding parts of my job.  I have mentored more than 2 dozen students in the 15 years I have been at Oshkosh.  There is nothing more satisfying than watching a student blossom during the pursuit of a research project. I love to watch the evolution of an idea, through the development of a project and into fruition of presenting results and conclusions. I gain so much from the work I do with undergraduate students, not just the science but they keep me young and excited about the work I do.  My experience as an undergraduate researcher has informed my work with undergraduates, but the way I deal with research has evolved – I try very hard to help students learn what it means to be a researcher in the geosciences and meet them where they are at the moment. Many of them develop into autonomous researchers – procuring funding and learning analytical skills. I can’t imagine my job without the amazing time I spend mentoring students.”

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2015 GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research

For the second time in 2015, CUR’s Geosciences Division presented the GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research.  Please review the citations from the nominators and join us in congratulating our second group of student awardees.

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Media coverage for student award winners

  • Darren Seidel, Angelo State University: Seidel Wins Student Research Award (Angelo State University News, March 20, 2015) [Darren was presented his award at the department spring picnic]
  • Angela Boney, Daytona State College: DSC Environmental Science student earns prestigious research award (Daytona State College Press Releases, April 6, 2015); Daytona State student wins national honors for beach study (The Daytona Beach News-Journal, April 13, 2015)
  • David McLennan, Indiana State University: Indiana State undergrad researcher honored with national recognition (Indiana University State Newsroom, May 5, 2015)
  • Kimberly Bowen, Penn State Brandywine: Penn State Brandywine student receives national recognition for citizen science (Penn State News, June 1, 2015)
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2014 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

maclaughlinThe fourth recipient of the GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award is Mary MacLaughlin, from Montana Tech of The University of Montana. View the award citation (PDF file coming soon) and listen to an interview with the awardee (hit the “play” arrow below the image).

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AGU 2014 – Student poster sessions and faculty workshop

The following sessions were co-sponsored by GeoCUR for undergraduate student presenters:

Workshop: Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR): Getting Started in Undergraduate Research Workshop for New, Future, and Current Faculty (description)

GeoCUR co-sponsor for session: Undergraduate Research With Students at Two-Year Colleges (description)

 

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GSA 2014 – GeoCUR workshop

2014 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting & Exposition
19-22 October 2014
Vancouver, BC, Canada  http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2014/home/

 

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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Councilor – Liz Johnson

lizjohnsonLiz 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 and ended her term in 2017.

 

“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.”

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Councilor – Erik Klemetti

EKlemetti_HawaiiErik 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.”
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2014 GeoCUR Award For Excellence in Student Research

For the first time in 2014, CUR’s Geosciences 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.

2014 GeoCUR Student Award

 

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AGU 2013 sessions and workshop

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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2013 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

marysavinaThe 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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Councilor – Kim Hannula

GeoCUR Councilor Kim HannulaKim 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.”

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MentorTip: a list of topics for research collaboration

GeoCUR Council Dan Moore provides a tip for how to connect a student with a topic to begin a research collaboration.

“I use class projects to advertise the kinds of things I work on.  I typically allow students in classes to choose their own topic, but I also always provide them with a list of topics derived from the projects I am working on. They almost invariably choose one of the topics I have listed. Working on the project as part of a class gives them a feel for what it is like to work with me and gets them started on the project. Also, it gives me the opportunity to see their interest and ability. Near the end of the project, I’ll often invite the students to make the project their senior thesis.  This been a great way to initiate research collaborations with students.”

Do you provide a list to your students? Please add your comments and share your practices below in the “Leave a Reply” field!

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GSA 2013 – GeoCUR workshop and session

2013 GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition
“Celebrating Advances in Geoscience – GSA 125th Anniversary”
27-30 October 2013
Denver, Colorado USA  http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2013/

GeoCUR-sponsored technical session. T114. Changes in the Undergraduate Research Experience over Time: Perspectives from Individual Mentors, Departments, and Institutions (Posters). View this link to see the session abstracts from the 11 posters presented.

Workshop #524. Getting Started in Undergraduate Research for New, Future and Current Faculty.
Sat., 26 Oct., 1–5 p.m.
US$35. 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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Councilor – Charles Tilburg

GeoCUR Councilor Charles TilburgCharles Tilburg is an Associate Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of New England.   He is also the Associate Dean and Undergraduate Research Coordinator of the College of Arts and Sciences. He served as a GeoCUR councilor 2013-2014.

“Including my students in research allows me to share the coolest science on Earth (Yeah, I am a bit biased).  I really could not imagine doing my research without my students.  I am thrilled to be a part of CUR and look forward to learning better ways to improve student engagement.”

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Councilor – Wes Dripps

GeoCUR Councilor Wes DrippsWes is an Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Furman University in South Carolina.  He began serving as a councilor in 2013.

“I am an avid supporter of undergraduate student research and have been very outspoken on the importance of research as part of the undergraduate academic experience. I see my research as really an extension of my teaching, and as such have committed large amounts of my time to working with students in the field and the lab on our collaborative projects. I bring to CUR ten years of experience conducting research with undergraduates, working with them first as mentor, than in essence as colleague from writing grants to submitting papers for peer reviewed publication and all of the steps in between. I bring youthful enthusiasm, a good track record of active and engaging undergraduate field research, an understanding of the importance of research in the undergraduate years, and experience teaching the research process to a wide array of geoscience and science undergrads.

I am trained as a physical hydrogeologist, although in addition to my ongoing interests in hydrology /hydrogeology, I have more recently developed a broader interest in a variety of different areas including campus sustainability and agro-ecosystems. The bulk of my hydrogeology research with undergraduates has focused on looking at the impacts of urbanization on small headwater streams across the Piedmont of South Carolina. I have had various cohorts of students looking at different components to the regional urban hydrology including temperature impacts to streams, urban riparian zone and hyporheic hydrology and geochemistry, physical and chemical impacts to stream flow from urban runoff, and the effectiveness of low impact development features like rain gardens. My department recently added a new major in Sustainability Science, and as such I have expanded my research interest to include topics related to campus sustainability (e.g., the campus waste stream, energy use, student recycling behavior) and food systems (e.g., the local and organic foods movement in South Carolina, farmers market demographics). My teaching interests and responsibilities are broad and include introductory and upper level undergraduate courses in earth science, hydrology, environmental science, and sustainability science. I have been a big proponent of engaged teaching and have worked very closely with Furman’s Center for Teaching and Learning to develop a very hands on, interactive style of teaching. I have always been one to try new teaching pedagogies, and have regularly been an early adopter of new teaching technologies. I am an avid supporter of field experiences and include sizable field components in all of my classes. I am honored to be a CUR Geoscience councilor!”

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2012 CUR Conference

Conference Theme: Leveraging Uncertainty: Toward a New Generation of Undergraduate Research
CUR held their 14th biennial conference at The College of New Jersey, NJ, June 23-26, 2010.  Several sessions were presented with a geoscience focus and by Geoscience Division members.  A sample of the talks and posters are listed below.

Social Media Tools for Networking, Collaborating, and Disseminating Undergraduate Research
Laura A. Guertin, Associate Professor, Penn State Brandywine; Meagen Pollock, Assistant Professor, The College of Wooster
This session focuses on advantages/challenges of using social media for facilitating undergraduate research, including social media etiquette and fair use and copyright regulations. Specific examples include developing research communities, finding online resources, archiving the research process, and dissemination. Participants can bring a laptop to explore/discuss their own uses, and resources will be documented on the CUR Geoscience Division’s website.
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Wear Two Hats: The Dual Roles of Many Undergraduate Research Program Directors
Anne Boettcher, Janice DeCosmo, Lydia K. Fox, Patricia Pukkila
This session will focus on successful strategies for balancing the multiple roles of Undergraduate Research Program Directors (URPD).  We will consider how to address conflicts in priorities across the roles and how both CUR and institutions can address these issues.

Undergraduate Research Offices and Programs: Models and Practices
Laura Guertin, Niccole Cerveny, and additional presenters
With heightened interest in the centralization of undergraduate research (UR), come many questions about how best to initiate, grow, and sustain UR offices.  This interactive session will present models, practices, and features of undergraduate research offices from a range of institutions: private and public universities; research intensive and predominantly undergraduate institutions; as well as UR centers in larger divisions.

Resources to Transform Undergraduate Geoscience Education:  A New Faculty Development Opportunity
Jill Singer, Jeffrey Ryan
This session will highlight funding opportunities for educational innovation through the Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) Program and other funding opportunities in the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education and the Geosciences Directorate.  We will as well highlight characteristics of effective educational projects and proposals, and discuss support opportunities for geoscience investigators seeking to submit proposals to the TUES Program.

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2010 CUR Conference

Conference Theme:  Undergraduate Research as a Transformative Practice
CUR held their 13th biennial conference at Weber State University, UT, June 19-22, 2010.  Several sessions were presented with a geoscience focus and by Geoscience Division members.  A sample of the talks and posters are listed below.

GeoCUR at 25: How Working with Undergraduate Researchers has Changed with Time
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine; Meagen Pollock, College of Wooster; Jeff Ryan, Unviersity of South Florida
The Geosciences Division of CUR is celebrating 25 years of mentoring faculty engaged with undergraduate researchers.  Over the years, the range of undergraduate research projects and types of student researchers has notably changed with technological advances.  This session will be an exchange and reflection upon where undergraduate geosciences research has been, where it is now, and the anticipated future directions.
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Engaging New Audiences in Research by Teaching the Process of Science
Anne Egger, Stanford University; Anthony Carpi, CUNY
Learning about the way science really works helps lower the barriers for students to get involved in research.  Participants in this workshop will explore new resources for integrating the process of science into their teaching and discuss strategies and develop activities to help open the door to research for more students and continue to support them through the process.

Bridging from the Classroom to Undergraduate Research using Remotely Operable Research Instrumentation: Examples with Microbeam Instruments
Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida
This workshop will demonstrate new approaches for bringing students to undergraduate research through flexible classroom activities with remotely operable research instrumentation, through interactive exercises with remote-access microbeam tools, and discussions of other Web 2.0-inspired interactive research tools and resources.

Poster Presentations

PURE@WOU: Developing and Implementing the Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences at Western Oregon University
Jeffrey Templeton, Western Oregon University

Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research at Brigham Young University – Idaho
Dan Moore, Brigham Young University – Idaho

An Authentic Research Experience for Freshmen and Sophomores: From Proposal Writing to Presentation

Visionlearning (see “Process of Science” modules): http://www.visionlearning.com/

School of Earth Sciences Undergraduate Research Program (Stanford): http://pangea.stanford.edu/undergradresearch/index.php

GeoCUR at 25: Faculty Reflections on How CUR has Transformed Undergraduate Research Mentoring Practices
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine; Eric Johnson, Hartwick College; Pat Manley, Middlebury College; Terry Lahm, Capital University

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2008 CUR Conference

Conference Theme:  Frontiers and Challenges in Undergraduate Education

CUR held their 12th biennial conference at the College of Saint Benedict, MN, June 21-24, 2008.  Several sessions were presented with a geoscience focus.  A sample of the talks and posters are listed below.

  

Academic-Year Research with Undergraduates: Lessons Learned in the Geosciences

Deanna van Dijk, Associate Professor, Department of Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies, Calvin College

This interactive session explores the challenges and opportunities of research with undergraduates during the academic year as contrasted with summer research projects.  Session leaders will share examples and strategies from the geosciences on topics such as balancing research with other student and faculty commitments; faculty participants will consider examples and questions about academic-year research from their own disciplines.

Classroom Innovations that Facilitate Research: Using Remotely Operable Instrumentation in the Classroom

Jeffrey Ryan, Professor and Assistant Chair, Department of Geology, University of South Florida

This session focuses on remotely-operable research instrumentation that used in science classrooms to prepare students for undergraduate research. The session will highlight the use of Web-operable electron microprobe and scanning electron microscope systems in introductory natural science and upper-level geoscience courses.

Encouraging The Transition From Button Pusher To Research Scientist

Edward Hansen, Professor of Geology, Hope College

Andrew Wulff, Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University

We will focus on strategies for transitioning students from a technician mindset to that of a research scientist able to effectively contribute intellectually to projects. Topics will include techniques for encouraging students to read the literature for comprehension, formulate hypotheses, set goals, design research approaches, set and follow timetables – in short to own the research project.

National Science Foundation, Geoscience Programs that Support Undergraduate Research

Jill Singer, Program Director, National Science Foundation

The Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) and the Geosciences Research Directorate support undergraduate research through a number of programs. This session will provide an overview of these programs, identify useful resources, and describe elements of a successful proposal.

Posters in the Geosciences

Contrasts and Similarities in Water Quality Issues Facing East Central China and Northwest Indiana: Issues, Perceptions, and Approaches for Resolution, Part I: Water Quality Parameters
Jonathan Schoer and Jeff Field, Valparaiso University, Sarah Mohlman, Utah State University, Shelly Schmeltz, Valparaiso University
Contrasts and Similarities in Water Quality Issues Facing East Central China and Northwest Indiana: Issues, Perceptions, and Approaches for Resolution, Part II: Interviews
Jonathan Schoer and Jeff Field, Valparaiso University, Sarah Mohlman, Utah State University, Shelly Schmeltz, Valparaiso University
Preconcentration and Determination of Molybdenum in the Rouge River with Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry
Ali Bazzi, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Successes of the Badlands Working Group at SRU for Early Undergraduates
Patrick Burkhart, Slippery Rock University
Getting Introductory-Level Students Hands-on with Multimedia Technology for Research-Based Community Projects
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine

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2006 CUR Conference

Conference Theme:  Learning Through Research

CUR held their 11th biennial conference at the DePauw University, IN, June 24-27, 2006.  Several sessions were presented with a geoscience focus.  A sample of the talks and posters are listed below.

Resources and Strategies for Recruiting / Retaining Underrepresented Populations in Undergraduate Research
Wendi J. W. Williams, Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Arkansas – Little Rock; C. Brannon Andersen, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Furman University; Angela M. Hessler, Assistant Professor of Geology, Grand Valley State University; Adeleri Onisegun, Professor of Psychology, Morris College
Summary: Join us in reviewing resources available concerning underrepresented groups (e.g. ethnic/racial and persons with disabilities) in research vocations. Let’s discuss recruitment and retention strategies that work (and those that seemingly don’t work) toward better inclusion of a more diverse undergraduate student population pursuing research opportunities.

Approaches and Methods for GIS-Supported Undergraduate Research
Diana Sinton, GIS Program Director, National Institute for Technology & Liberal Education; Rebecca Schindler, Assistant Professor of Classics, DePauw University; Carol Cady, GIS Specialist/Map Librarian, St Lawrence University; Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, Lecturer and Research Specialist in Urban Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University
Summary: GIS enables students and faculty to organize, manipulate, and share their large, multifaceted spatial data sets that are increasingly a component of undergraduate research. This session will highlight approaches and methods that have been most effective from a range of disciplines, particularly when we blur the borders between teaching, learning, and research with GIS.

Changing the Culture of How We Define Successful Outcomes for UG Research
Karen Fryer, Professor and Chair of Geology and Geography, Ohio Wesleyan University; Lori Bettison-Varga, Associate Dean for Research and Grants, College of Wooster; J. William Miller, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of North Carolina at Asheville; Angela Hessler, Assistant Professor of Geology, Grand Valley State University
Summary: Discussion will be aimed at defining valid post-graduation outcomes for students engaged in UG research and communicating the validity of these outcomes within and beyond our institutions.

Civic Engagement In Geoscience Courses
Laura Guertin, Assistant Professor of Earth Science, Pennsylvania State Delaware County
Summary: Students enrolled in introductory-level through upper-division geoscience courses can engage in a range of research activities that will benefit a local to international community. Information will also be provided as to how and where students can present and publish the results of an outreach project.

Institutionalizing Student/Faculty Collaborative Research at Colleges with Limited Resources: The Muskingum College Center for Planning and Development
Walter Huber, Associate Professor of Political Science, Muskingum College; Stephen Van Horn, Associate Professor of Geology, Muskingum College
Summary: While excellent models for fostering student/faculty collaborative research exist, too few are specific to institutions with limited financial resources. This presentation is appropriate for those who desire to develop a culture of student/faculty collaborative research, create a reward structure for students and faculty, and institutionalize such a system with creative funding mechanisms.

Research and Education Funding Opportunities in the Geosciences
Jeffrey Ryan, Professor of Geology, University of South Florida; Keith Sverdrup, Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation
Summary: NSF and other federal and private granting agency funding opportunities supporting both research and educational activities will be described, along with keys to effective grant proposal writing.

The State of Undergraduate Research in Community Colleges
Tom Higgins, Professor of Chemistry, Harold Washington College; Laura Guertin, Assistant Professor of Earth Science, Pennsylvania State University – Delaware County; Nancy Hensel, Executive Officer, Council on Undergraduate Research; Roger House, Chemistry Instructor, William Rainey Harper College; Iraj Nejad, Professor of Chemistry, Mount San Antonio College; Jeff Osborn, Professor and Chair of Biology, Truman State University; Jenny Chen, Professor of Chemistry, Mt. San Antonio College
Summary: This interactive session will highlight successful models for involving community college faculty and their students in undergraduate research. A brainstorming session will focus on overcoming barriers for implementing programs at two-year institutions.

Integrating Research into the Geosciences Curriculum
Jill Singer, Professor of Earth Sciences and Director, Office of Undergraduate Research, SUNY-Buffalo State College; John W. Creasy, Professor of Geology, Bates College
Summary: This workshop will explore a range of research experiences in which students enrolled in introductory-level through upper-division geosciences courses can be engaged.

Undergraduate Research with Pre-Service Teachers
Angela Hessler, Assistant Professor of Geology, Grand Valley State University; Bill Dinklage, Assistant Professor of Earth Science, Utah Valley State College; Karen Fryer, Professor and Chair of Geology and Geography, Ohio Wesleyan University
Summary: This workshop investigates the value of undergraduate research projects for pre-service K-12 teachers. We will discuss the challenges and relative importance of involving this student population in rigorous research.

Cross Disciplinary Approaches to Student/Faculty Collaborative Research: Examples of Alternative Forms of Funding
Walter Huber, Associate Professor of Political Science, Muskingum College; Stephen Van Horn, Associate Professor of Geology, Muskingum College
Summary: Faculty from the Political Science and Geology Departments at Muskingum College have teamed up to provide students with real-world research experiences. This presentation describes one of these efforts: the development of an interactive crime map for the city of Zanesville, Ohio.

Research on a Shoestring; Turning the Shoestring into a Rope
Brannon Andersen, Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Furman University; Deanna van Dijk, Assistant Professor of Geology, Calvin College
Summary: The objective of this session is to identify the challenges and solutions of starting a research program with limited funding.

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SUCCESSFUL MODELS OF INTEGRATING RESEARCH INTO THE CURRICULUM
Lydia K. Fox, Department Chair, Associate Professor of Geosciences, University of the Pacific
Undergraduate research shouldn’t just “happen” at the end of a student’s undergraduate experience. In order to best support undergraduate research, it should be built into the curriculum at all levels. This session will feature models, from a variety of disciplines, in which research has been integrated into the curriculum.

FIELD BASED RESEARCH IN THE GEOSCIENCES
Lydia K. Fox, Department Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, University of the Pacific
Field work is often what attracts students to the geosciences and gets them engaged in the discipline This session will present models of field-based research in the geosciences.

GEOSCIENTISTS AS HISTORIANS: USING GEOPHYSICAL TECHNIQUES TO REVEAL HISTORY
Jill Singer, Professor of Earth Sciences and Director, Office of Undergraduate Research, SUNY-Buffalo State College; Patricia Manley, Professor of Geology, Associate Dean of UGR, Middlebury College; J. William Miller
This poster will include several examples of how geoscientists have applied geophysical techniques to understand historical events. Participants will learn how geological and geophysical tools have: elucidated the 1776 Battle of Valcour Island, Lake Champlain; improved our understanding of recent historical events in the Buffalo River; and confirmed the wreckage of Captain Blackbeard’s vessel. These examples provide the basis for group discussion to explore other applications where geoscience research involving undergraduates makes history come alive.

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2004 CUR Conference

Conference Theme:  Crossing Boundaries
CUR held their 10th biennial conference at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, WI, June 23-26, 2004.  Several sessions were presented with a geoscience focus.  A sample of the talks and posters are listed below.

Research Funding Opportunities in the Geosciences
Jeffrey Ryan, National Science Foundation/Division of Undergraduate Education

Creating a Safe Lab Environment in Geosciences Research
Kirsten Menking, Vassar College
Brannon Andersen, Furman University

Research at Comprehensive Universities II: A Faculty Perspective
Michael P. Castellani, Marshall University
Charlotte Otto, University of Michigan – Dearborn
Lydia K. Fox, University of the Pacific
Luis Martinez, University of Texas, El Paso

Collaborative Student Research Involving Handheld Computers
Laura Guertin, Penn State University – Delaware County

Breaking Free: Collaborating Outside the Department
Brannon Andersen, Furman University
Edward Hansen, Hope College

A Fork in the Road — Multiple Societies
Michael Nelson, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
Timothy B. Holst, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Jill Singer, Buffalo State College
Jim Gentile, Hope College

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2012 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

Tracey HollowayThe second recipient of the GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award is Tracey Holloway, from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison. View the award citation (PDF file) and listen to an interview with the awardee (hit the “play” arrow below).

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2011 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

John BradyThe first recipient of the GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award is John Brady, from the Department of Geosciences at Smith College. View the award citation (PDF file) and listen to an interview with the awardee (hit the “play” arrow below).

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