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Summer 2015 Interns Wrap-up

  • 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
15 October 2015

UNAVCO hosts three summer internships, each with a different focus. Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students (RESESS) is a ten-week summer research internship program dedicated to increasing the diversity of students entering the geosciences, for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. Geo-Launchpad is an eight-week summer research-ready internship program dedicated to increasing the diversity of students entering the geosciences, for first and second year undergraduates and community college students. UNAVCO Student Internship Program (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.

2015 Summer Interns

The 18 UNAVCO interns departed Boulder after an exciting and rewarding summer of research, writing, working, and communications training. Hailing from 17 different universities and colleges across the country, the nine RESESS interns, four Geo-Launchpad interns, and five USIP interns joined together for a summer of formal and informal professional development, field trips, and training opportunities.

On July 29th, RESESS and Geo-Launchpad interns presented their research and projects in a morning colloquium at UNAVCO. The following afternoon all 13 RESESS and Geo-Launchpad interns also presented their posters at a joint poster session with SOARS, NEON, RECCS, and PRECIP, held at the UCAR Center Green campus. If you didn’t get a chance to hear their talks or join us for the poster session, you can catch up by viewing the RESESS posters and presentations on the interns’ home pages or both the RESESS and Geo-Launchpad presentations on our YouTube channel.

USIP interns presented their summer work at an informal closing celebration for UNAVCO staff at the UNAVCO Boulder facility. Projects included video production, field education and classroom curriculum development, and geoworkforce analysis.

Alumni Spotlight: Jordan Allen

"The RESESS program solidified my decision to pursue graduate school. Each summer I remember working with a very supportive and helpful science mentor, writing workshops, GRE prep courses, field trips and most importantly the life-long friendships. The most unique thing about RESESS is the support each intern receives and it’s dedication to increasing minority participation in science.”

Jordan Allen was a RESESS intern during the summers of 2010 and 2011. As an undergraduate at Savannah State University he studied environmental science. During his time at Savannah State, he participated in several research programs in addition to RESESS, including the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the Medical University of South Carolina, NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program at Ames Research Center, and Woods Hole Partnership Educational Program.

Jordan is currently a master’s student at Colorado State University studying ecology. His research focuses on the effects of long-term nitrogen fertilization on forest soil respiration in Rocky Mountain National Park. He plans to defend his M.S. thesis in November 2015. In addition to participating in research programs, he enjoys being involved in science education and outreach opportunities such as volunteering for the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Bioblitz, Fifth Annual Weather and Science Day at Coors Field, Little Shop of Physics 24th Annual CSU Open House and Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network Summer Academy.

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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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