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Mark LittleMark Little was the 2009–2010 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow, former GSA Councilor, and is currently Executive Director of CREATE, a global initiative building shared prosperity through applied interventions, research, and policy.

How would you describe your experience as a Congressional Science Fellow?

I had a phenomenal, formative experience as a Congressional Science Fellow, from the careful interview process conducted by GSA members with whom I am still connected, to the exceptional year of work and professional development curated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to the opportunities to further engage GSA post-fellowship.

What inspired you to work in both politics and geology?

I am committed to people and to the planet. I think that the lines between different disciplines are useful and important, but for me they all wash together. I seek opportunities to use my understanding of the Earth for the benefit of people and vice versa.

What are you most proud of from your time as a Congressional Science Fellow?

I worked on the house foreign affairs committee during my fellowship year, which allowed me to contribute to policy at the intersection of human development and the earth sciences.  One exceptional opportunity was being part of an international effort to reduce the human costs of illicit mining.

Why should people support programs like the Congressional Science Fellow?

I believe that people should support organizations that are doing the work they care about. The Congressional Science Fellow program, and GSA’s broader public policy efforts, are well run, have tremendous impact on individuals such as myself, and inform policy that impacts the entire planet. So, if you care about any of that, GSA will put your dollars to work!

What would you like to say to other people who give of their time and resources to GSA?

I am personally indebted to GSA for providing a life-changing professional opportunity. I also feel that I have been able to do more and better work because of the opportunities GSA has provided. So, on a very personal level, I am grateful to those who give to GSA.

 

 

Kenneth B. Taylor pastKenneth Taylor was the 1991–1992 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow and is State Geologist of North Carolina, N.C. Geological Survey, Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.

How would you describe your experience as a Congressional Science Fellow?

When I interviewed, Dr. Fisher at the University of Texas was one of the interviewers. Since the five previous GSA Congressional Science Fellows had moved from being on the staff of a congressional committee or on the staff of an individual Member of Congress, Dr. Fisher asked where I was planning to embed in the Congress. I indicated that I wanted to learn the legislative process and to focus on the hazards all Americans face from the natural environment—drought, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, flooding, etc.

I interviewed in several offices including that of Rep. Stokes, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, and Senator Harry Reid, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. I was interviewed by Ray Martinez, Senator Reid’s chief of staff. Ray had run Senator Reid’s first campaign—for student body president in high school! After talking with me for a few minutes, Ray excused himself and left me in his office alone. Less than three minutes later, the door opened and Ray introduced me to Senator Reid.

What inspired you to work in both politics and geology?

My full name is Kenneth Belk Taylor: Kenneth is from my mother’s younger brother’s name—Joseph Kenneth Ingram—and Belk is from my mother’s older brother—Thomas Belk Ingram. Uncle Joe was a Republican and Uncle T. Belk was a Democrat. They loved each other and argued and always discussed politics. When Uncle Joe was old enough to vote in South Carolina, he went to the county seat of Chesterfield. He asked for a voter registration card. He wanted a Republican Party voter registration card. This was in the early forties, when there were no persons registered with that party in that part of South Carolina. Joe insisted that he be registered and he was, with the word REPUBLICAN written in red pencil across his card. I saw it many years later, framed in his brokerage office.

I was a rock hound from the sixth grade onward. I always knew I wanted to be a geologist.

What are you most proud of from your time as a Congressional Science Fellow?

Senator Reid hated to wear glasses in the Senate Chamber. I watched his speeches from his office. I noticed that he had a cadence in speaking, so I proposed to Ray that we increase the font size of the text he was reading and let him use his natural cadence of speaking. For example, “Fellow Senators, I come to you today, [flip page] to talk with you about, [flip page] women’s health.”

I stayed in Senator Reid’s office after the fellowship ended and was picked up by the U.S. Geological Survey to help put on an international conference on Arctic contamination in Anchorage, Alaska. Our first daughter was born in Arlington, Virginia, and we moved to North Carolina a few months later, where I was employed by the State of North Carolina. That was 27 years ago.

Why should people support programs like the Congressional Science Fellow?

As a Congressional Science Fellow, my job was to be an unbiased, technical explainer of complex issues in an easy-to-understand and fully accurate way. There was NO spin, or feeding the Senator information that ran counter to years of his legislative work. To me that is what a scientist is supposed to do: Give the facts and explain the details in language everyone can understand. That is why people should support the Congressional Science Fellow program.

What would you like to say to other people who give of their time and resources to GSA?

I salute ALL who help with their time and resources to the Geological Society of America. I will turn 64 this year. I joined GSA in 1977, around 44 years ago, when I was 20. I organized and ran the student assistants’ support at the 1989 GSA Annual Meeting in Saint Louis. I have also helped with a few of the GSA Southeastern Section Meetings. GSA has been a part of my life for decades. One of my colleagues from the American Association of State Geologists and one of my professors at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Robert D. Hatcher Jr. supported my elevation to GSA Fellow in 2018. GSA made these experiences possible.

 

Melody BurkinsMelody Burkins, Ph.D., was the 2000–2001 GSA/USGS Congressional Science Fellow and is currently the Associate Director for Programs and Research in the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Senior Fellow in the UArctic Institute of Arctic Policy, and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth. Pronouns: she/her/hers

How would you describe your experience as a Congressional Science Fellow?

In a word: transformational. My experience as a Congressional Science Fellow transformed my understanding of what I could do, and what impact I could have, with my Ph.D. in earth sciences. The experience also transformed my career path, leading to opportunities nationally and around the world as a “boundary spanner,” connecting the worlds of science, policy, and diplomacy to advance equity, inclusion, sustainability, and peace.

What inspired you to work in both politics and geology?

For geology: I was first inspired by Professor Brian Skinner of Yale. From his introductory courses to advanced courses in metallurgy, his approach to geology always connected earth science to the arts, history, politics, and impacts on culture and society. Years later, during field work in Antarctica, my interest in politics was sparked by meeting with a delegation from the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee who, I learned quickly, had the power to support or deny funding to all future polar science research. It was that eye-opening experience that led me to apply to the USGS-GSA Congressional Science Fellowship program and begin a fascinating, rewarding career at the intersection of science, policy, and diplomacy.

What are you most proud of from your time as a Congressional Science Fellow?

I am most proud of the way I was able to bring my scientific expertise to my policy advising role in Congress, while also having the humility to realize my Ph.D. knowledge was critical, but not at all sufficient. I quickly realized the importance of expanding my understanding of policy issues with knowledge from a diversity of social, economic, cultural, and community stakeholders before giving advice on policies that could affect hundreds of thousands, even tens of millions, of people in the U.S. and around the world. In learning to do that, I was able to develop new expertise in relationship-building, creating trusted coalitions, and advancing shared goals through evidence-informed policy—skills that continue to serve, and advance, my career.

Why should people support programs like the Congressional Science Fellow?

The majority of individuals working in Congress are smart, driven, innovative, and service-focused individuals with backgrounds in political science, government, economics, law, and business. Having a cohort of smart, driven, innovative, and service-focused STEM professionals serving in the halls of our government is critical in a world that is increasingly shaped by science and technology, from IT innovations to life-saving vaccines. The work of GSA to ensure those science voices also brings a diversity of backgrounds and experience to D.C., intentionally working to dismantle centuries of systemic discrimination in both science and policy, and also helps us build a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable nation—and world—for future generations.

What would you like to say to other people who give of their time and resources to GSA?

GSA has been shaping and informing my career since my first annual GSA conference as a young graduate student. I remember being both intimidated and energized, attending a diversity of sessions ranging from isotope geochemistry to natural resource policy. GSA then supported my Congressional Science Fellowship and gave me my first platforms as a speaker, and leader, on science and policy to develop my voice and ideas. As my career progressed, that support and experience resulted in a call from the U.S. National Academies to join a committee devoted to advancing excellence in geoscience and diplomacy around the world, the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Geological Sciences (USNC-GS). Fourteen years later, I Chair the National Academies’ Board on International Scientific Organizations and am active internationally on issues of science, policy, and diplomacy in the Arctic and around the world, focusing on inclusion and equity. GSA has given me—and countless others—the opportunity to pursue a diversity of impactful careers in academe, government, NGOs, and the private sector. I hope everyone will continue to give and support the work of such an incredible organization.

Photo attribution: Dartmouth photographer Eli S. Burakian.

Connor DaceyDr. Connor Dacey is the current Science Policy Fellow and a recent graduate from the University of Delaware, where he received a Ph.D. in disaster science and management after finishing his dissertation entitled, “The Perceptions of Storm Spotters as Part of a Natural Hazards Integrated Warning System.”

 

What is your role with the GSA Policy Office? And How would you describe your experience?

I am currently the 2020–2021 Science Policy Fellow with the Geological Society of America. My experiences as the GSA Science Policy Fellow are much different from those fellows that came before me due to COVID-19. Nevertheless, I have still been able to fulfill many of the same roles and responsibilities. My weeks consist of attending virtual meetings as a member of numerous working groups, such as the Geopolicy and Climate Science Working Groups. I helped assist with the first virtual Geoscience Congressional Visits Days, and attended the first virtual GSA Annual Meeting. I attend numerous webinars and take notes on topics relating to geoscience legislation and Congress. I also contribute to the GSA Speaking of Geoscience Blog and help to keep GSA members updated on the latest legislation. Overall, it has been a fulfilling experience.

What inspired you to work in both politics and geology?

Well, actually, my background is in meteorology and disaster science and management, and not geology. That being said, there are numerous geological hazards such as earthquakes and landslides that are of huge interest to me. When studying these hazards, I learned about the importance of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery policies in an effort to better protect both lives and property. These policies are often directly tied to geoscience legislation. This is when my interest in politics began to grow. I wanted to learn more about how politics influences disasters in the geoscience disciplines. As such, I applied to the GSA Science Policy Fellowship in the hopes of learning more about how scientists communicate with lawmakers, and ways to better bridge the gap between science and policy.

What are you most proud of from your time with the GSA Policy Office?

I am most proud of being able to work with such great colleagues here at GSA who have supported me in every possible way throughout my time as the GSA Science Policy Fellow, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am especially grateful for Kasey White who is GSA’s Director for Geoscience Policy. I cannot thank her enough for all her leadership, support, and guidance, as well as for giving me the opportunity to become the 2020–2021 GSA Science Policy Fellow.

Why should people support programs like the GSA Policy Office?

The GSA Policy Office has given me an opportunity to learn and grow in a field that I did not know much about before my fellowship experience. There may be many other scientists and early career professionals who want to become more involved in geopolicy, but are unsure about what they can do to become more engaged. The GSA Policy Office offers them these important and crucial opportunities to further their involvement and spur new interest. It is essential that others support programs like the GSA Policy Office.

What would you like to say to other people who donate their time and resources to GSA?

I would say thank you. The time and resources that others donate to GSA greatly help benefit early career professionals like myself who are eager to learn more about possible career options at the intersection of geoscience and public policy. The donation of your time and resources to GSA does not go unnoticed. I am extremely grateful for all the opportunities GSA has provided me, and I hope that others will continue to donate their time and resources to GSA in the future.

 

Enjoy this conversation between GSA/ZEISS 2020 Research Award recipient Tshering Zangmu Lama Sherpa and GSA Foundation Trustee Dr. John (Jack) F. Shroder, Jr., Special Assistant to the Dean of International Studies and Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

David Syzmanski at the CapitolLike many organizations, GSA has been affected in this past year. Now more than ever, our Greatest Needs Fund is vital to sustain the very programs that define GSA and allow the Society to respond to those areas most impacted by changing circumstances. GSA leadership allocates the funds to increase student travel grants or research grant awards, for more On To the Future diversity awards, or to help fund the Congressional and Science Policy Fellows. Since GSA’s policy work remains a vital force for our science and our future, it is a program area that could benefit significantly from the Greatest Needs Fund.

Our policy staff take on a number of important items such as membership in working groups like Geopolicy and Climate Science; Geoscience Congressional Visit Days; and informing GSA members on current geoscience legislation. The policy office helps the community on a regular basis, such as facilitating our members’ support of bills that have been recently signed into law. Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing stories from those who have been involved with GSA’s policy work as a part of our ongoing Community of Support series. We will post a new story every Thursday through the month of June. Bookmark this page and check back weekly.

Make an immediate impact today! Support the Greatest Needs Fund by clicking DONATE at the top right and help provide flexibility for GSA to strategically apply resources where they are critically needed.

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David W. Szymanski, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Geology at Bentley University and was the 2008–2009 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow.

How would you describe your experience as a Congressional Science Fellow?

The Congressional Science Fellowship was life-changing. While I went into the fellowship aiming to use our science in “service to society,” learning the process and politics in decision-making first-hand was transformative. The cultural divide between scientists and policymakers is enormous. After my year on Capitol Hill, I knew I had to focus on science communication and science education for non-scientists in order to help the next generation of leaders address the wicked problems of sustainability. And that has been the core of my professional work ever since.

What inspired you to work in both politics and geology?

After completing my bachelor’s degree, I went on to graduate school for both geology and forensic science, applying the analytical skills of a chemist essential to both fields. I cut my teeth in science communication testifying as an expert witness in court—convincing lawyers, judges, and juries that geology had a lot to say about the chemical composition of glass as trace evidence. The challenge of using science for the public good revealed other connections between geoscience and society. I was inspired to “scale up” my work and try science communication on the front-end of the system and help make the laws.

What are you most proud of from your time as a Congressional Science Fellow?

What I am most proud of from my time on the Hill was my work supporting my “boss,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT). I worked a portfolio of energy, climate, and environmental issues for the senator, and made sure he was prepared to walk into any meeting with the best scientific understanding of an issue—which could have been anything from forest fire appropriations to the efficiency of reactions in developing biofuels. At the same time, I learned the real value of science in policymaking, which is wrapped up in the competing interests of economics and public opinion. So, I’m also proud of how that time paid off for my students to this day. I’m preparing them to make a difference, armed with the same understanding.

Why should people support programs like the Congressional Science Fellow?

Programs like the Congressional Science Fellowship make such a difference; the dividends are orders of magnitude greater than the investment. By sending scientists to the Hill, we not only effect a positive change in the perception of scientists by lawmakers, but we also enable scientists to teach the two-way street of science policy to their colleagues and next generation of leaders.

What would you like to say to other people who give of their time and resources to GSA?

It’s easy to see giving back to GSA as a contribution to the profession. But it is so much more than that. Giving is the opportunity to inspire. It’s the opportunity to change a life and change the process at the same time—and with an understanding of time and scale that only the earth sciences can provide. “Service to society” isn’t just part of our mission. It’s at the heart of our role as explorers, as educators, and as stewards of the Earth. Giving time and resources to GSA is the ultimate act of paying it forward.

 

The GSA Foundation Board of Trustees is a group of volunteer leaders, prominent and dedicated geologists, who govern the Foundation. We are fortunate that their multi-year terms, often renewed for a second consecutive span, provide a stable continuum to ensure transparent, cost-effective operations, open communication with the Society, and prudent fund management. We would like to introduce you to our two newest Trustees who joined the board in the last year.

Lydia Fox is Associate Professor of Geological & Environmental Sciences at University of the Pacific and also the Director of Undergraduate Research. A recipient of Pacific’s Distinguished Faculty Award, the Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award, Lydia is passionate about teaching and connecting undergraduates to research opportunities. Lydia received her B.S.E. in geological engineering from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in geological sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara and initially worked as a field engineer for Schlumberger Well Services and then as a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, before teaching at California State University, Northridge. While department chair at Pacific, Lydia facilitated the addition of a major in Environmental Sciences; she has been the Director of the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program since 2004. Her research is in the area of Mesozoic granites and hydrothermal alteration. She remains deeply involved in her field: Lydia is an active member of the Council on Undergraduate Research, and she is currently the chair of the Field Camp Scholarship Committee for the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and serves on the Executive Committee of the Education Section of the American Geophysical Union.

photo of Farouk El BazFarouk El-Baz returns to the Foundation board, on which he previously served from 1999–2009. He is seasoned in fundraising efforts on behalf of GSA, since he also served on the Second Century committee in the mid-nineties, including as campaign co-chair for two years. Many of you are aware of two awards he established with GSAF: The El-Baz Desert Research Award recognizes an outstanding body of work by a young scientist in warm desert research, and the El-Baz Research Grant supports desert studies by students either in the senior year of their undergraduate studies, or at the master’s or Ph.D. level. Years before his deep involvement with GSA, Farouk received a B.S. in chemistry and geology from Ain Shams University in Egypt. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are from University of Missouri and MIT, and he went on to work in Egypt’s oil industry before becoming secretary of lunar landing site selection in the Apollo program. From the early 1970s and into the 1980s, he established and directed the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, and served as Science Advisor to the late President Anwar Sadat of Egypt. Farouk stepped into the corporate world for several years at Itek Optical Systems before moving on to a 30-year tenure at Boston University. His awards, honors, fellowships, and board memberships are numerous, reflecting an esteemed career across both the United States and Egypt, and not the least of which include eight honorary doctoral degrees, chairmanship of the U.S. National Committee for Geological Sciences, and NASA’s Apollo Achievement Award.

Both of our new Trustees bring invaluable experience and expansive insight to the Foundation. We hope you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with them through various GSAF activities over the coming years.

We of the Foundation engage with you a great deal about field camp because (1) it remains a critical component for students pursuing geoscience and (2) it is an area in which we can provide substantial assistance. The cost of attending field camp can be prohibitive, particularly now when the COVID-19 pandemic has made already difficult financial situations that much worse. Many GSA student members have benefited from this support over the years, and you, our members, understand the need for, and value of, these scholarships.

We aim to raise funds to help at least 20 students to attend field camp—whether in person, or virtual—next summer. If you have not yet done so, will you make a gift to the J. David Lowell Field Camp Scholarship Program by clicking the DONATE button at the top right? Your support will help students like Maria, Natalea, Quentin, Selena, Daniel, Lana, and Priscilla attend field camp to gain the skills and knowledge to pursue geoscience in a changing world.

 

Priscilla Martinez, 2020 Field Camp AwardeePriscilla Martinez learned a lot about both herself and geoscience while attending her virtual field camp course. She gained a newfound appreciation for remote learning and recognized the importance of making field camp accessible to all different types of geology students and instructors. She not only hopes that more field camps will offer both in-person and virtual field camps in the future–which will attract students from diverse backgrounds to seek careers in geology and foster a more inclusive and welcoming geoscience community–she also now feels equipped and excited to begin her master’s program at California State University, Northridge.

Where did you attend field camp?

This summer, I participated in the first-ever California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), Department of Geological Sciences virtual, four-week field camp course. Using various software tools, I mapped the Frying Pan Gulch and Block Mountain areas near Dillon, Montana, and the Quaternary geology of Owens Valley, California. During the last week of field camp, I worked independently to construct a detailed history of the depositional events that occurred while the Basin and Range province was forming in California.

How did COVID-19 affect your experience of field camp?

As an undergraduate at CSUF, I looked forward to spending a month mapping in the field with my senior cohort. I couldn’t wait to spend time bonding with my friends over nightly bonfires, along with the feeling of accomplishment that followed a long day’s work. Despite the unprecedented circumstances brought forth by COVID-19, I had the opportunity to collect digital data and interpret geologic events in different field locations without having to physically visit the sites.

What did receiving the J. David Lowell Field Camp Scholarship mean to you?

It is an honor to have received the 2020 J. David Lowell Field Camp Scholarship Award, established through the generosity of Dr. David Lowell. After discovering the news of his passing in May 2020, I am even more honored to continue on his legacy, along with the other recipients of this award. GSA’s financial support allowed me to better understand dynamic geologic systems and gain invaluable mapping skills that could be applied both in and out of the field.

What did that experience teach you about the geosciences, yourself, and your future career?

These four weeks of rigorous training have prepared me to perceptively approach geologic problems and work effectively to solve them, both collaboratively and independently. I learned how to design a field strategy and collect data using satellite imagery, aerial photography, three-point problems, and unit descriptions. Using the data collected from each site, I produced geologic maps, cross sections, and stratigraphic columns to better understand the depositional and regional tectonic history of the field sites. Above all, participating in field camp enabled me to grow more confident in my ability to map geologic features and present my findings in an articulate manner. After finishing field camp, I felt equipped and excited to begin my master’s program at California State University, Northridge.

What opportunities did attending field camp provide that you wouldn’t have had otherwise?

Attending field camp allowed me to integrate many of the techniques, principles, and fundamental geologic knowledge from all my past courses to interpret data and form conclusions about the regional and local geology of our field sites. I had the opportunity to virtually explore and learn about the history of tectonism, magmatism, climate, and deposition in California beginning from the Neoproterozoic era to present day. I identified geologic relationships from satellite data and outcrop photos, conducted orthographic projection analysis, and determined slip rates from geochronological data—all from the safety and comfort of my home. I gained invaluable knowledge and skills that will allow me to excel in a new technologically driven era of the geoscience world.

In your opinion, how important is field camp for geoscience students?

After field camp, I gained a newfound appreciation for remote learning and recognized the importance of making field camp accessible to all different types of geology students and instructors. Although field-based science is an incredibly valuable branch of geology, it often excludes people with physical and developmental disabilities that find it difficult to navigate rough terrain and/or adapt to long, intense weeks of hiking and camping. Geoscience is a highly interdisciplinary field and thanks to recent advancements in technology and pedagogy, many conventional field camp activities, such as mapping and group work, can be done remotely. Offering a virtual field camp option could attract students from diverse backgrounds to seek careers in geology and foster a more inclusive and welcoming geoscience community. I hope that more programs offer both in-person and remote field camp options in the future.

Why should individuals support field camp opportunities for students?

Field camp is an important capstone course in the education of geologists all over the United States. As a first-generation college student and Latinx woman, I am a firm believer that students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds bring new perspectives that are necessary for solving scientific problems and advancing our understanding of geology. Funding their education and training through scholarships empowers students to explore their scientific interests and prepare for their future career, without having to worry about the financial burden of paying for field camp.

 

Lana Axelsen selfie with monitorLana Axelsen’s virtual field camp experience felt like the final test of their geology degree before entering the real world. It required them to reach deep into everything they’ve learned over the last four years and then apply it. Now they know that they are proficient in the skills that will be expected of them in a professional setting.

Where did you attend field camp?

I had to do a virtual field camp due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

How did COVID-19 affect your experience of field camp?

The class was facilitated through Microsoft Teams where the students met with the instructors and the materials and assignments were posted on Canvas.

What did receiving the J. David Lowell Field Camp Scholarship mean to you?

Being awarded the field camp scholarship was a major relief from the financial burden that can come from higher education.

What did that experience teach you about the geosciences, yourself, and your future career?

The field camp experience is the culmination of what I have learned in the past four years and applying it. It is like the final test before you go out in the real world. The feeling that I am proficient in the field that I have studied for so long makes me feel accomplished, but then there are also moments where I doubt that I know enough. I have learned that the process of truly understanding any subject is to push the boundaries of my own understanding and limits. Field camp pushed me to reach deep into all I have learned and be able to apply it. I would have to say that knowing the basic concepts forms the building blocks to the most complex concepts. The future will always hold something positive as long as you persevere. I can say I know I am proficient in the skills that would be expected of me in a professional setting, such as map building, technical writing, and identifying geologic processes based on LiDAR and aerial photos, etc.

What opportunities did attending field camp provide that you wouldn’t have had otherwise?

The assignments are built to simulate the types of assessments I would do in the actual profession, but with a lot more help. I could ask the instructor to refresh me on an aspect of some concepts that I would have to just figure out in a job because I could not tell my employer that I am fuzzy in an area I learned two years prior.

In your opinion, how important is field camp for geoscience students?

Field camp is imperative in applying what you learned in your degree hands-on, which can differ greatly from just reading about a technique in a textbook.

Why should individuals support field camp opportunities for students?

Geoscientists have a very hands-on career experience whether students are on site, writing technical reports, or synthesizing data. Field camp allows students to receive an understanding of the programs, fieldwork, and critical thinking that will be expected of them in employment, while providing guidance from their teachers.

 

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