Working Group 1 – Session 3 (Saturday, January 11, 2014
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Working Group 1 – Session 3 (Saturday, January 11, 2014) Recruitment of Diversity Students Aging white population Emerging Hispanic population Diversity in who we are hiring Proactive in diverse graduate student recruitment The marketing issue: how do we advertise to diverse minorities? How can we make it okay for them to seek non-traditional jobs (doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc) o Cultural taboos o Stay close to home Students don’t know any of us They don’t know the language, the geography (e.g. “the field”) o Don’t advertise the field aspect o Promote lab positions Non-western/non-european approaches to science Giving back to one’s community Promote high-paying jobs in STEM careers Peer-pressure Hit ‘em early (elementary) and often (middle school, high school) Grandparents University Get parents involved Community leaders o Sports coaches o Pastors & religious leaders o Tribal leaders o Community role models Focus on relevant environmental issues (where science meets social justice) Get diversity/minority speakers to come in and give talks revolving around environmental issues REUs focused on underrepresented students in geosciences (maybe over-tapped resource) Graduate student 101 mentoring experiences Coordinate campus visits o Planetariums o Science Saturdays o Departmental outreach to schools, scouts o Summer STEM camps o Science in the Parks o Open house Meet with incoming potential majors Broader Impacts from NSF projects involving K-12 students Allow students to feel a connection to our schools/departments as they are selecting universities o They need to be able to envision themselves there. o Urban students may be more localized and/or limited to where they can go Place-based geology (urban, local, land use, ground water Effective to graduates
Scalable, sustainable, self-propagating
Barriers to recruitment Time, energy Admissions departments Family socioeconomic factors
Session 3 (cont.) – Sunday, January 12, 2014 What did we NOT talk about in this meeting that are potential emerging issues? Hybrid, flipped, non-traditional lectures Industry panel, keynote speaker from AAPG, etc. o Disconnect between faculty and industry o Students/applicants are missing key skills (landform ID, mapping) that industry looks for o Core competencies vary across industry disciplines Where do we fit into the globalization of industry, oil, environmental, conservation companies? o Do we have international skills? o International industry is limited to training foreign nationals, and then leaving. o Semester abroad, international meetings, international exposure o Internships abroad o 60+% of SEG are internationals Emerging fields in our departments and curriculums o Water o Climate change/mitigation o Alternative energies o Disaster resilience o Space exploration, planetary geology, remote sensing More use of crowd sourcing for gathering data Recommendations, next steps Things that will help the community to advance/evolve o Emphasis on emerging fields at the undergrad level o Mitigation – What is the role of the geosciences? o Public outreach, conveying information to politicians, communities Interdisciplinary teams o Project-based curriculum involving multidisciplinary teams Change perspective toward interdisciplinary studies, less in traditional geology core curriculum o Course content including real world problems, and problems of the future o Reinforces general/soft skills discussed Day 1 o Potential problem: losing depth of knowledge of traditional curriculum (min/pet, sed/strat) in exchange for breadth of earth systems curriculum Encourage national movement toward including emerging challenges into established/traditional curriculum o Pared down core
o Upper-level courses that are more transdisciplinary o Upper-level students take environmental ethics course, economics, etc. Encourage courses tag-team taught by geologist and biologist/economist/meteorologist/etc.