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The ever-growing age gap within the oil and gas industry workforceis a phenomenon that companies are all too aware of. It is projected that within five to seven years, roughly 50 percent of the industry’s workforce will be retired. STEMFORCE, funded in part by Drillinginfo and founded by the organization GeoFORCE Texas, is a new…

  The GeoFORCE program was officially recognized for winning the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring at an awards dinner hosted by the National Science Foundation on June 17. The award is presented by the White House to individuals and organizations that mentor academic and personal development of students studying science…

On Friday April 3, 2015 the UT Tower will be lit orange in honor of GeoFORCE Texas receiving a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The award is among the highest honors a university can receive from the United States government. GeoFORCE Texas, an outreach program of the university’s Jackson School of…

President Barack Obama has honored The University of Texas at Austin’s GeoFORCE Texas program with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the highest such honor from the United States government. GeoFORCE Texas, an outreach program of the university’s Jackson School of Geosciences, takes high school students from disadvantaged areas of…

GeoFORCE Turns 10

Building a diverse workforce and changing young lives By Angela Curtis At first glance, the two problems may seem unrelated: The geosciences are facing a growing labor shortage, and many talented high school students in underprivileged areas of Texas aren’t realizing their full potential. The Jackson School of Geosciences is addressing both issues with a…

Here’s a simple math problem: The demand for workers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) is growing, but the number of students going to college to study these fields is shrinking. On top of this looming workforce shortage, minorities are greatly underrepresented in STEM jobs. It doesn’t take a math degree to see…

“Geoscientists are needed to address societal needs more than ever, in the areas of energy, water, natural hazards, natural resources, climate, the environment, geological engineering and public policy,” said AAPG member Sharon Mosher, dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences and Farish chair and professor at the University of Texas at Austin. AAPG Explorer, April…

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