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   California State University, Long Beach
Geoscience Diversity Enhancement Program
Geology, Geography, Geoarchæology,
Environmental Science and Policy
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   Geological Sciences
   Env Science & Policy

   Dr. Courtney Ahrens
   Dr. Richard J. Behl
   Dr. Robert D. Francis
   Dr. Gregory Holk
   Dr. Tom Kelty
   Dr. Paul S. Laris
   Dr. Daniel O. Larson
   Dr. Christopher Tom Lee
   Dr. Carl Lipo
   Dr. Hector Neff
   Dr. Christine M. Rodrigue
   Dr. Lora R. Stevens
   Dr. Suzanne P. Wechsler
   Ms. Gabriela Valenzuela

   Avalon Schools
       Ms. Chelsea McCormick
   Lakewood High School
       Mr. Myles Loveall
   Wilson High School
       Mr. Randy Peterson

   Teaching Workshop

   Geoscience jobs





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GDEP 2010: 6 July through 13 August
Symposium Conferences Publications Careers
The CSULB departments of Geological Sciences and Geography, together with the Archæology and the Environmental Science and Policy programs, have received a second round of funding from the National Science Foundation to continue and expand an innovative collaborative partnership with several community colleges and local high schools. Its goal is to improve the research and educational experiences of underrepresented students in the geoscience disciplines (geology, physical geography, archæology, and environmental science and policy). The goals of GDEP are to:

  1. increase the number of underrepresented students who have a broad educational and research experience in the geosciences
  2. enhance the quantity and quality of geoscience research and teaching by faculty members from CSULB, community colleges, and high schools
  3. increase the awareness by community college and high school students of the geosciences and their associated research careers and educational requirements
  4. increase the awareness of the geosciences and their career prospects among parents, friends, and the communities around underrepresented students to build community support for their education in the geosciences
  5. enable a smooth transition of underrepresented students from community colleges and local high schools into advanced undergraduate study in the geosciences
  6. increase the number of geoscience majors who are retained in their disciplines

Community college and high school science faculty have been invited to the University for professional activities with their CSULB GDEP colleagues. They and their students are collaborating with CSULB GDEP faculty on geoscience research projects during an intensive six-week summer field and lab program and throughout the academic year in research design, data analysis, and presentation.

Students are engaging in data collection and interpretation, conducting web- based geoscience research, and learning safe procedures for the lab and field. The experience will culminate in presentations at professional conferences in the geosciences, possible team-authored publications, and presentations in the student participants' own schools.

Current CSULB geoscience majors are serving as peer mentors for lower division students who are interested in majoring in the geosciences. Underrepresented students in the lower division science courses will be invited to geoscience department open houses to introduce them to careers in the geosciences. CSULB GDEP faculty will conduct bi-annual visits to community college campuses to address issues affecting the ease of transition of underrepresented students to the geosciences and to enhance the support given to students to select a major in the geosciences.

Additionally, GDEP 2 is bringing in the community via family field trips throughout the year. During these trips, families learn about many engaging geoscience topics in the field close to home and about career and salary prospects in these fields perennially affected by labor shortages.

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Research Assistants

   Mr. Koang Chea
   Ms. Nancy Ko
   Ms. Samantha Lough
   Ms. Trina Ming
   Ms. Karina Moguel
   Ms. Tierra Moore
   Mr. Darrell Peterson
   Ms. Hanna Vu

Immersion Participants

   Ms. Lee Torrence
   Mr. Torrence Lee
   Ms. Dominique Sum
   Mr. Troy Mars
   Ms. Serena Massrey
   Mr. Luis Deniz

GDEP 2009 Mentors

   Ms. Terry Burns
   Ms. Jade Dean

Graduate Students
   Mr. Brian Nagy
   Ms. Conni Stuehler
   Ms. Gabriela Valenzuela

   Am Geophysical Union
   Geological Soc of America
   Assoc Am Geographers
   American Geological Society
   Am Quaternary Assoc
   Am Assoc Petroleum Geol
   Soc Am Archæology
   Natl Sci Fndtn: Geosci
   NASA Earth Science
   USRA Earth System Sci Ed
   US Geological Survey
   Natl Assoc Geosci Tchrs
   Natl Council Geographic Ed
   Natural Hazards Ctr

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