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News and Announcements

Read the 2023 Annual Report

NAGT's 2023 Annual Report is now available! Learn about the organization and what we have been up to over the past year. The Annual Report includes:

  • Letters from President Christy Visaggi and Executive Director Anne Egger
  • Membership Statistics and Demographics
  • Professional Development and Committee Activities
  • Summary of Awarded Student Scholarships and Internships
  • Information About 2023 NAGT Publications
  • 2023 Financial Report
  • Recognition of our 2023 Donors
  • What's Coming in 2024!

We encourage you to check it out.

2023 Annual Report PDF

Propose an NAGT-Sponsored Session or Short Course for GSA 2024

Planning on proposing a session for the 2024 Annual Geological Society of America meeting, which will take place September 22-25, 2024, in Anaheim, CA, and looking for NAGT sponsorship? Submit your request for sponsorship by January 29 in order to meet the GSA proposal deadline of February 1.

Apply to be NAGT's Social Media Editor

Do you enjoy making connections across the geoscience education community? Are you interested in learning about and sharing timely information and resources with the NAGT community and beyond? Do you make a point of staying connected to geoscience education through social media? If you answered yes to these questions, then you might be a good fit for the NAGT Media Editor.

The Social Media Editor would be involved with creating this NAGT monthly newsletter, which serves as a means to inform our members about relevant events and activities within and beyond the organization. In addition, the Editor would have the opportunity to expand our impact and reach in social media through NAGT's Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter/X accounts.

Learn more about the position and, if it sounds like a good fit, apply using this form.

Nominate Yourself or Your Colleagues for an NAGT Committee

Help to guide the work of the organization: NAGT committees are seeking new members. For more information about each committee and to nominate yourself or a colleague, please visit NAGT's Get Involved in NAGT Leadership web page. The following committees are seeking new members:

Nominate Yourself or a Colleague Now!

For Students

2024 Geoscience Field Camps: Scholarships & Offerings

Field Study Scholarships for Students Offered by NAGT and AWG

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 focus 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.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Learn More and Apply

Summer 2024 Geoscience Field Camp Offerings

Field Camp Scholarships image Small version) In an effort to help students and faculty find options for Summer 2024 field camp offerings, NAGT is compiling a list of field camps of all formats. This list includes programs-whether they be online, in-person, or hybrid-that have space for additional students. Are you a field camp director with space for additional enrollment in your summer 2024 course? We invite you to add your program to the list.

Please share the field camp list with students who may be interested in participating in these programs.

This list of field camp offerings is made possible by member dues and donations to NAGT. If you benefit from this work, or would like to see more projects like it, please consider joining NAGT or donating.

EarthScope Graduate and Undergraduate Student Internship Opportunities for Summer 2024

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EarthScope Consortium has multiple internships available for undergraduate and graduate students in the summer of 2024, which range from research opportunities to career skill development in science education, data processing, and field work.

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2024

Apply Now!

EarthScope Student Career Internship (6 positions; grad/undergrad)

RESESS Internship - Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students (undergrad)

Geo-Launchpad Internship - Opportunity for community college students from Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico

The AGU Bridge Program Student Application Is Open!

AGU-Logo-new.png Are you interested or do you know a student who is interested in attending graduate school in the geosciences? The AGU Bridge Program seeks to recruit and retain students from historically marginalized backgrounds into geoscience graduate programs around the country. We partner with departments who are committed to adopting best practices in admissions and retention of students and are striving to improve the geoscience education experience for all students. Students identifying as Hispanic, Black/African American, American Indian, Pacific Islander, Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian are encouraged to apply.

The AGU Bridge Program offers access to a free graduate school application that is shared with 45+ graduate geoscience departments across the U.S. Interested applicants can learn more and sign up for an office hour event from the AGU Bridge Program website.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024 Apply Now!


Awards and Recognition
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NAGT Community Kudos

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

Association Awards

Association awards are presented annually with nominations solicited from the community and awardees selected by committees.

Nomination Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2024

More Information

Workshops and Webinars

NEW PD OPPORTUNITY! Online Workshop on Mentoring for Student Success

April 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2024, 12:00PM Pacific | 1:00PM Mountain | 2:00PM Central | 3:00PM Eastern (2 hours)

Do you mentor undergraduate or graduate students in research in the Earth sciences, geoscience education research, or related fields? Are you interested in improving your mentoring skills? This workshop is designed to equip mentors from diverse backgrounds with the tools and insights to support all students in being successful. We will discuss identity and mentorship, establishing expectations, communication strategies, and developing mentoring networks and development plans. You can expect a highly interactive, synchronous online workshop in which you will get to know and learn from your colleagues and the workshop leaders. Read more about the workshop goals and expectations.

Join NAGT Today! Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 27, 2024 Learn More and Register

Details:

  • The workshop will be held online via Zoom
  • Cost: $120 for NAGT Members and $175 for non-members

CLEAN Webinar: Teaching about Climate and Energy with CLEAN

February 7, 2024, 3:30PM Pacific | 4:30PM Mountain| 5:30PM Central | 6:30PM Eastern (30 minutes)

This webinar introduces the Climate and Energy Literacy Principles and how they are integrated with the CLEAN collection of climate and energy resources. These principles provide the foundation for understanding the science behind climate and energy concepts.

Register Now!

Webinar: Geoscience teaching & learning in the time of AI

February 22, 2024, 1:00PM Pacific | 2:00PM Mountain | 3:00PM Central | 4:00PM Eastern (1 hour)

Dive into the future of geoscience education with our interactive webinar, "Geoscience Teaching & Learning in the Time of AI." Work with AI techniques aimed at boosting student engagement, deepening understanding, and unleashing creativity in your classroom.

We'll explore practical tools and strategies to get started, even if you're new to AI. Through a brief theoretical introduction and a compelling rationale for AI integration, you'll gain a clear vision of its potential in your classroom.

Then, get ready to roll up your sleeves! In our hands-on breakout sessions, you'll tackle three engaging challenges:

  • Master the art of prompt engineering: Learn how to craft powerful prompts to generate instructional ideas that will guide students toward deeper exploration.
  • Become a rubric architect: Use AI to design effective rubrics that provide students with clear assignment details and expectations.
  • Students like Kahoot? Try Curipod! Generate effective formative assessments through gamification and other techniques using Curipod, which provides individualized feedback.

Leave this webinar with a compiled and crowdsourced AI resource document that will empower you to further explore the capabilities of the exciting world of AI-enabled geoscience education.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Register Now!

The Math Your Earth Science Majors Need 2024 Workshop

June 2-6, 2024, in the Denver area

This workshop will gather Earth science instructors to develop co-curricular modules to support undergraduate majors-level quantitative skill development and plan for their testing in 2024-25 academic year.

The aim of this workshop is to develop quantitative skills modules to support majors-level Earth science courses. Quantitatively skilled Earth science graduates are critical to meeting the needs of the workforce and the country. This workshop, June 2-6 in the Denver area, will gather Earth science instructors to develop co-curricular modules to support undergraduate majors-level quantitative skill development and plan for their testing in 2024-25 academic year. Participants will have reasonable travel costs reimbursed and receive $2000 in stipends upon the completion and acceptance of their module and the successful implementation of one or more modules in their courses.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2024

Apply Today!

Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop

June 23-27, 2024, at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN (with optional virtual visit to NSF)

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 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.

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 3, 2024

Workshop Overview and Application

Traveling Workshop: Bring Our Experienced Leaders to You

Rolling, beginning Summer 2024

The NAGT Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) connects you with experienced facilitators to design a two-day workshop that meets the needs of your department, program, or group. The TWP has well-tested workshop sessions on adapting to change, (re)designing your courses and curriculum, inclusive mentoring, supporting all students, and more. Are you preparing for a program review or responding to feedback from one? Have you seen changes in the faculty in your department through new hires or retirements? Do you feel you could do a better job serving your students? We can help you!

Application Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2024

Can't make the January 15 deadline? Don't worry - there are four deadlines per year.

Apply for a Traveling Workshop

2024 Earth Educators' Rendezvous

July 15-19, 2024, in Philadelphia, PA

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Mark your calendar and save the date for the tenth annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous! The Rendezvous brings together researchers and practitioners working in all aspects of undergraduate Earth education, including a mix of college faculty, graduate students, and K-12 teachers from all disciplines who are interested in improving their teaching about Earth.

Keep an eye out for registration and abstract submission to open in the next few weeks!

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Section and Division Highlights

Geo2YC Division

Geo2YC Fireside Chats - Join the Discussion This Spring!

Join the Geo2YC Division Executive Committee for a series of "fireside" chats on Zoom this spring. These sessions are open to Geo2YC members, as well as anyone you want to bring along - please invite your colleagues to attend! Days and times will vary to allow participation from coast to coast. Our goal is to have an hour-long, informal discussion on topics of interest to the membership - we'll provide a starting topic, and see where conversation takes us. These sessions are an opportunity to connect, build community, and share ideas in real time. So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, grab a snack, and join us!

  • Friday, January 12 - 12PM Eastern/9AM Pacific - Teaching New Year's Resolutions and first day of class ideas
  • Monday, February 12 - 8PM Eastern/5PM Pacific - Love/Hate Relationships with Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • March and April dates TBD

Use this Zoom link to attend: https://vccs.zoom.us/j/82224004901

Nominate an Outstanding Adjunct 2YC Faculty today!

The Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award (OAFA) is an opportunity to showcase the efforts of you or one of your adjunct colleagues who is doing great work in geoscience education. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis. See the information page for more details about the award.

Nominate an Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member

Teacher Education (TED) Division

Post to the TED Division Facebook Page

Members are invited to post time-critical information on the TED Division Facebook page.

From Our Members

Participate in a Dissertation Study Focusing on Geoscience Educators' Efforts to Interrogate Whiteness Within Undergraduate Curricula

NAGT member, James Hobbs, a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Arlington, is conducting research on interrogating whiteness in the geoscience curriculum. Your expertise as an educator is crucial to the work we do in geoscience education.

James is seeking 6-8 geoscience educators to participate in two 45-60-minute online interviews and share relevant course materials and experiences.

Key Questions:

  1. How do geoscience faculty address whiteness in curriculum design and delivery?
  2. What strategies, challenges, and successes do faculty encounter in this process?

The study's goal is to promote diversity and inclusivity in geoscience education, acknowledging the societal context and the role of faculty as change agents. By joining this study, you'll contribute to the ongoing dialogue on anti-racist practices and diversity in geoscience education.

Complete a survey to see if you qualify!

If you are interested or have further questions, please email James Hobbs at james.hobbs@mavs.uta.edu.

Thank you for considering participating in this study and for your valuable insights that can advance geoscience education.

Jurassic Armored Mud Balls: The New Massachusetts Sedimentary Structure? Mud Ball.jpg

Lithified Armored Mud Balls are very rare sedimentary structures. The world's best examples have been found in early Mesozoic rift-valley rocks along the Connecticut River Valley in Massachusetts!

Most geologists have never seen Lithified Armored Mud Balls. The geologic processes to form, preserve, and eventually reveal these sedimentary structures is complex. The early Mesozoic rift-valley sedimentary rocks exposed along the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts have the best-preserved examples. House bill H3129 will officially designate these as the Massachusetts Sedimentary Structure. If this legislative effort is successful, the Jurassic armored mud balls will join Podokesaurus (State Dinosaur) and dinosaur footprints (State Fossil). It is interesting to note that all of these features are in early Jurassic rocks, and it makes a lot of sense to have them celebrated. If you are from Massachusetts, please contact legislators with your supporting comments.

For more information, see the Armored Mud Balls website!

Career Hub

RESESS PAID Internship Program at EarthScope (Earth Science, Geophysics, Seismology, Geodesy, Undergraduate Research)

The RESESS internship program aims to offer students genuine research exposure, professional development, and insight into geoscience careers, focusing on geophysics.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science at Bowdoin College

The Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science at Bowdoin College invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible, visiting assistant professor position for the 2024-2025 academic year. The appointment is for one year and begins July 1, 2024.

Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Science at Fort Lewis College

Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor to join the Geosciences Department at our small liberal arts college.


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