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Apply For a Late Spring or Summer Workshop by January 15, 2022

The Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) brings national leaders in environmental, sustainability, and geoscience education to your campus, regional, or national event. The Traveling Workshops Program focuses on opportunities to strengthen both courses and programs including attracting and supporting diverse students. It brings together expertise from numerous NSF-funded projects including the On the Cutting Edge, InTeGrate, SAGE, and GeoNeeds. The TWP is a part of NAGT's On the Cutting Edge Professional Development Program.

At the end of an NAGT Traveling Workshop, participants will have a combination of the following, dependent on the workshop theme:

  • Strategies and approaches that have worked for others in the US and Canada.
  • A collection of resources, including department best practices, curricula, courses, modules, and activities, on the topic(s) of their choice.
  • A departmental, program, or individual action plan for moving forward.

Apply by January 15, 2022

Virtual Meet-and-Greet To Develop Curricula Related To Paleoclimate And The Carbon cycle

A newly funded NSF project with the Frontier Research in Earth Sciences (FRES) program aims to better understand atmospheric CO2 over the Phanerozoic. This project is called the CO2 proxy intercomparison project (CO2PIP). Two major goals are to: (1) improve and jointly interpret existing proxy records of CO2; and (2) develop undergraduate curricular materials on the themes of deep-time paleoclimate, the carbon cycle, and how paleoclimate information is relevant for present-day climate change. The curricular materials will be developed and classroom-tested by interested participants, taking into account their input, and hosted at SERC. If you are interested in either of these topics, please consider attending a virtual meet-and-greet on either January 21st (6-8 pm EST) or January 24th (2-4 pm EST). Here you will meet the PI team and learn more about the project. Feel free to contact Dana Royer (droyer@wesleyan.edu) with any questions.

Participate in the Geoscience Education Research Professional Development Needs Survey

You may have seen the recent request for geoscience education research (GER) community feedback on Integrated, Coordinated, Open, Networked (ICON) processes. The geosciences span a wide range of disciplines (e.g. atmospheric science, geology, oceanography, physical geography) that may have different needs.

In response to the community conversations that emerged from the ICON initiative and the recent GSA Today commentary, as active geoscience education researchers who co-led a community needs assessment in 2014 (Lukes et al., 2015), we'd like to learn more about the current professional development needs and perspectives of GER community members regarding the vision for the future of GER in order to help inform future community-driven efforts.

Please note: The purpose of this survey is for the "needs assessment" of the geoscience education research community only. This includes collecting anonymous survey data and reporting a summary of the anonymous results back to the community (e.g., commentary, presentation(s) at community workshop events). This is not a research project and the results are not intended to be presented as research. As such, "according to Article 2.5 of TCPS2, Canadian policy framework governing research ethics, QA/QI activities do not require institutional research ethics review." The University of South Carolina's IRB also determined this survey did not require IRB review.

All members of the geoscience community interested in education research are invited to participate in this 10-15 minute survey.

Questions? Please contact Katherine Ryker (kryker@seoe.sc.edu) or Laura Lukes (llukes@eoas.ubc.ca).

UC Museum of Paleontology: New and improved Understanding Evolution Website

The UC Museum of Paleontology has updated and expanded Understanding Evolution, their one-stop source for teaching and learning about evolution and the history of life. The site provides free access to a variety of new and classic resources, including:

  • a database of lessons vetted by experienced teachers and searchable by NGSS DCIs
  • approachable background information in English and Spanish in the online textbook Evo 101
  • online, interactive investigations
  • student-friendly news stories that connect evolutionary concepts to current events
  • Digging Data activities that engage students with authentic data from diverse scientists
  • a trilingual, printable comic book connecting paleontology, mass extinction, and climate change

Visit the website to check out these resources and much more!

Application open: Workshop For Early Career Geoscience Faculty 2022

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshop, which is part of NAGT's On the Cutting Edge Professional Development Program. Join us for a multi-day workshop in a stimulating and resource-rich environment where you will participate in sessions on topics including effective teaching strategies, course design, establishing a research program in a new setting, working with research students, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, and time management. The Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshop is for faculty in their first three years of a tenure-track or equivalent position, with priority given to applicants entering their second or third years in their position. Participants must have a full-time faculty position at a two-year or four-year college or a university at the time of the workshop and must be in their first three years of full-time teaching or starting a full-time position in the Fall. See the overview page for more details.

  • Date: June 20-24, 2022, with an optional virtual visit to NSF in Summer 2022
    University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Apply by March 1, 2022

Workshops and Webinars

The NAGT webinar series is free and we encourage you to invite your colleagues to attend. Check out the webinar schedule.


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Beyond Interactive Maps: Building StoryMaps

Joseph Kerski, Esri Education Manager
Tom Baker, Esri Education Manager
Kylie Donia, Esri K12 Education Specialist
Charlie Fitzpatrick, Esri K12 Education Manager

Part of the NAGT Implementing the NGSS webinar series.

Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET



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Mentoring Undergraduates: Techniques And Best Practices For Guiding The Next Generation Of Scientists

Anika Knight, UNAVCO Educational Specialist

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Registration Deadline is Monday, January 24, 2022

Register



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Building your Geoscience Community through NAGT

Anne Egger, Central Washington University, NAGT Executive Director
Rory McFadden, Gustavus Adolphus College
Karen Layou, Reynolds Community College
Adrianne Leinbach, Wake Technical Community College

Date: Friday, February 4, 2022
Time: 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Registration Deadline is Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Register



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Exploring the Earth System with Understanding Global Change

Jessica Bean, UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology

Part of the NAGT Implementing the NGSS webinar series.

Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Registration Deadline is Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

Register


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Workshop for Early Career Geoscience Faculty

Join us for a multi-day workshop in a stimulating and resource-rich environment where you will participate in sessions on topics including effective teaching strategies, course design, establishing a research program in a new setting, working with research students, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, and time management.

Date: June 20-24, 2022, with an optional virtual visit to NSF in Summer 2022. University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Application Deadline is Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

Apply


For Students

Application open: NAGT Scholarships for Field Study

Each year, NAGT makes several $750 awards to undergraduate students to facilitate their study of field geoscience. These awards, previously given to students who attend a traditional summer field camp, are now available for students attending field-based courses at any time of year and in any format: face-to-face, virtual, or hybrid. The intent of the awards is to support students' participation in intensive field courses in any aspect of geoscience (including geophysics, soil science, hydrology, etc.) that focuses on students practicing skills of field observation, data collection, analysis, and synthesis. Awardees are selected based on the importance of the field experience in meeting their educational and career goals, the quality of the field aspects of the course, and the importance of the financial award in allowing them to participate in the program. In addition, the committee endeavors to select awardees that expand the diversity of people studying geosciences in the field, and a collaboration with the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) funds two additional awards specifically for women.

Geo-Launchpad: Paid internship for Community College Students in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming

Do you have an interest in geoscience but are unsure where to take your next step? Geo-Launchpad is a paid 11-week summer internship program for community college students attending college in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

Geo-Launchpad runs from mid-May through July, pays a stipend of $600/week, and provides housing if needed. This program provides community college students with an introduction to research, a reliable source of summer income ($6600+ for the entire summer), geoscience and engineering knowledge and technical work, career path experience, professional development activities including science communication, resume building, and extensive networking opportunities, the opportunity to become part of a cohort of interns from all over the U.S., and experience presenting at a local and national conference (all expenses paid, including travel if needed). All this as a community college student - before you transfer to a four-year university!

Only students attending community college in CO, NM, and WY are eligible.

Deadlines Approaching! Check out These Paid Summer Research for Undergrads & Grads from the Pathways to Science Database

Search 60+ paid summer research programs for graduate students in a range of STEM disciplines - many deadlines fast approaching! These are all FULLY FUNDED opportunities including programs sponsored by NSF, NASA, NIH, etc.

If you need help finding a program that's a good fit, please feel free to email Liv Detrick at ldetrick@ibparticipation.org for assistance. Please include your level of study, disciplinary interests, and any other requirements you would like to consider. You can also follow Pathways to Science on Facebook for program deadlines and updates.

Western Michigan University Study is Seeking Participants for a Research Study of Experiences of Geoscience Students With Learning Disabilities

You are invited to participate in a research study designed to learn about your experiences as a geoscience undergraduate student. The purpose of this study is to understand how geoscience students with a learning disability navigate their geoscience course work.

In order to participate in this study, you must meet three criteria: 1) be a geoscience /geology major at a university or college in the United States; 2) have completed at least one geoscience/geology course; and 3) have a learning disability and be registered with your university or college student disability center.

If you agree to participate in this study, you will first complete a short survey about your learning disability, then participate in an interview that will take approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete. Once the interviews have been completed, transcripts will be produced, and any personal identifying information will be removed.

If you are interested in learning more or participating in this study, please visit the information page. You may choose to discontinue participation in the study at any time and you may also choose not to answer any question that you find uncomfortable.

If you have any questions or concerns about this study, feel free to contact Nina Morris (nina.r.morris@wmich.edu).

Section and Division Highlights

Do you have good news related to your geoscience education work that you would like to share with the NAGT community? Submit to NAGT's Community Kudos!


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Career Hub

IRIS - Paid summer research opportunities in seismology!

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Chatham University

Assistant Professor Geography and Geospatial Science - Oregon State University


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