A National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
The grand scale of time, life, and space is central to the Earth Sciences, and the breadth of processes possible over these scales is a fundamental concept to all Earth science educational programs. This REU uses the concept of the development and maintenance of habitable planets as unifying focal point to convey the scope and scale of Earth processes. Students in this REU will (1) conduct independent research aligned with this theme, (2) participate in a suite of relevant field trips, including one multi-day field trip designed to communicate the extent of Earth history and the evolution and continuity of life through time, (3) participate in activities designed to introduce them to career and educational opportunities in the Earth Sciences, including a weekly seminar series, and (4) participate in one service learning activity designed to communicate the connections between the geosciences and local community needs.
Training in professional communication is included in the program design, including writing activities and professional poster presentation.