Abstracts sought for Broader Impacts poster session at Geological Society of America meeting in October

The annual conference of the Geological Society of America will be held October 22-25, 2017, in Seattle, Washington. Conference organizers are now accepting abstracts for the session “Broader Impacts Activities as Vehicles for Filling the Geoscience Pipeline.” This session will explore effective broader impact activities and recruitment strategies at the high school and early undergraduate college levels that may be effective in increasing engagement with the geosciences.

Session description: Projections of workforce needs in the geosciences are for 185,000 new employees by 2022; but at the pace universities are producing them, only 35,000 new geoscientists will graduate then. Low enrollments in geoscience programs are putting financial stress on departments, making it more difficult still to recruit students. Perceptions that the geosciences are less prestigious than other STEM fields may deter the choice of a geoscience major, particularly for minority students. Yet the broader impacts requirements of funding agencies offer the opportunity to effectively communicate the attractions of the geosciences to young people and open the possibility for them to imagine a life for themselves in some field of the geoscience that they had not considered.

This session will be poster-only, so that presenters can mingle and share ideas with each other as well as visitors.

Abstract submission is now open; the deadline is August 1, 2017.

For more information about the annual conference: http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2017/home.

If you have questions, contact Sharon Locke, director of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Center for STEM Research, Education and Outreach, at slocke@siue.edu.

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