Mark Helper Leads GEO 660 Field Course

Mark Helper Leads GEO 660 Field Course

January 10-12, 2014
Jackson Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin

The Summit on the Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, made major progress towards developing a collective community vision for undergraduate geoscience education.

The Summary Report of the meeting outcomes is now available.

Please participate in our post-meeting survey for participants and non-participants.

Preliminary results from the survey were presented at the AGU meeting; see PDF of the presentation.

A presentation of the meeting outcomes was presented for an AGU/AGI Webinar for Heads and Chairs:

All parts of the Summit (Keynote presentations, panel and entire group discussions – see Schedule/Agenda) can be viewed at: Webcast Archive.

The summit brought together a broad spectrum of the undergraduate geoscience education community, ~200 educators from R1 research universities with undergraduate programs, four-year private and state colleges (4YC), and 2-year community colleges (2YC) from across the country, as well as representatives from industry and professional geoscience societies. The summit focused on three main topics:

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  • What content, competencies, and skills do undergraduates need to be successful in graduate school and the future workforce?
  • What are the best ways of teaching and using technology to enhance student learning?
  • How can we broaden participation and retention of underrepresented groups and prepare K-12 science teachers to build a robust, diverse and informed future geoscience workforce?

The Summit had two Keynote presentations and 3 panel discussions; the rest of the meeting consisted of small breakout sessions discussing a series of, the results of which were presented to the entire group for discussion.