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Summer 2015 Interns at UNAVCO

  • UNAVCO Staff:
    Education and Community Engagement (ECE), External Affairs (EA)
  • Dates: May 17 - September 4, 2015
  • Location(s): Boulder, Colorado
  • Funding Sources: NSF EAR-135469, NSF EAR-1261833, The ExxonMobil Foundation

Written by Aisha Morris and Beth Bartel
30 June 2015

UNAVCO hosts three summer internships, each with a different focus: Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students (RESESS), Geo-Launchpad, and the UNAVCO Summer Internship Program (USIP).

Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students (RESESS)

RESESS is a ten-week summer internship program dedicated to increasing the diversity of students entering the geosciences, for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students.

Meet the 2015 RESESS Interns

We are pleased to welcome seven new and two returning* interns to the 11th RESESS cohort:

  • Molly Anderson
    Boise State University
  • Crystal Burgess
    Alfred University
  • Enrique Chon
    University of Arizona
  • Stacy Hendricks
    Rocky Mountain College
  • Deanna Metivier
    North Carolina State University
  • Garth Ornelas*
    Southwestern University
  • Ann Marie Prue*
    University of Wisconsin - River Falls
  • Anny Sainvil
    Smith College
  • Brandt Scott
    Union College

Alumni Update

RESESS Alumni Earn Doctorates

Lennox Thompson (2006, 2007, 2008) defended his dissertation, titled “Development of a 3-D Shear Wave Model Using a Multi-Objective Optimization Scheme” at the University of Texas – El Paso on March 3rd. Emanuelle Feliciano (2007, 2008) defended his dissertation, titled "Multi-scale remote sensing assessments of forested wetlands: Applications to the Everglades National Park" at the University of Miami on April 2nd. Congratulations to Lennox and Emanuelle on a fantastic job!

RESESS Alumni Earn National Recognition in the Geosciences

Calvin Johnson (2011, 2012), Gina Oliver (2013), and Joshua Russell (2014) were all recently awarded Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. Jenny Nakai (2012) earned a Best Student Presentation Award at the 2015 Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting in Pasadena, California. Wesley Weisberg (2014) earned a Geological Society of America Rocky Mountain Section Undergraduate Research Grant, which funded a continuation of the research he started during his 2014 RESESS summer internship.

Read more about RESESS in the Spring 2015 Newsletter.


Geo-Launchpad is an eight-week summer research internship program dedicated to increasing the diversity of students entering the geosciences, for first and second year undergraduates and community college students.

Meet the 2015 Geo-Launchpad Interns

We are pleased to welcome four new interns to the 1st Geo-Launchpad cohort:

  • Dana Downs
    Austin Community College
  • Nicole Ingraham
    El Paso Community College
  • Alexis Ho
    Syracuse University
  • Jessica Whiteaker
    Waubonsee Community College

More on Geo-Launchpad

Geo-Launchpad helps students develop research-ready skills, and provides support in creating a career path in science, engineering, or technology. Interns spend eight weeks at UNAVCO in Boulder, Colorado, working on a collaborative project under the guidance of a UNAVCO project manager, culminating in a poster presentation. A faculty mentor from their home institution provides guidance and support before, during, and after the program.

Interns are also participating in professional and personal development activities, including one-on-one mentoring, research-ready skills sessions, career exploration with guest speakers and, with RESESS, a communications seminar.

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UNAVCO Summer Internship Program (USIP)

Meet the 2015 USIP Interns

USIP internships are 8-10 week real-world work experiences related to the students' major or career goal, and are open to undergraduate, graduate, or recently graduated students.

We are pleased to welcome four new and one returning* intern:

  • Andrew Bayles
    Utah State University
  • Sarah Kittross
    Union College
  • Carson MacPherson-Krutsky
    University of Montana
  • Austin Madson*
  • Katherine Shervais
    Colorado State University

Interested in Supporting our Internships?

We are always looking toward future opportunities for collaborations and sponsorship. We are also working on diversification of our funding streams, and are open to discussions with corporations, foundations, non-profits, and government. Help us keep these amazing programs on track and moving forward, and serving both our young scientists and our science community as a whole. For potential partnerships, please contact us at educationunavco.org.


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