Broadening Access to the Earth and Environmental Sciences: Increasing the Diversity of Undergraduate Students Learning About the Earth will take place 23-25 February 2014 at Arizona State University. This workshop will specifically focus on strategies for increasing the diversity of students graduating from all types of programs with a substantial geoscience component and supporting their successful entry into the workforce.
The keynote speaker for the first evening of the workshop will be Eric Jolly, president of the Science Museum of Minnesota who is a passionate promoter of science literacy and STEM education. Marilyn Suiter from NSF will also join via Skype during the workshop to reflect on the history of diversity programs in the geosciences as well as charting a course for the future. The workshop will also have discussion/break-out sessions that will highlight the best practices on recruiting underserved students and retention/workforce preparation for these students.
There is no fee to attend the workshop and the project grant covers double-occupancy participant lodging, meals, and supplies during the workshop. Participants or their institutions are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from the workshop. Participants are eligible to apply for workshop stipends to help defray travel expenses in cases of financial need. Stipends are available for airfare only. The deadline to apply for the workshop (as well as the travel stipends) has been extended until 15 January 2014.