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Geo-Launchpad Interns at GSA

  • Principal Investigator(s): Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO; Patrick Shabram, Front Range Community College
  • UNAVCO Staff: Kelsey Russo-Nixon
  • Dates: November 4 - 7, 2018
  • Location(s): Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Funding Source: NSF ICER Award Numbers 1540524 and 1540588

Written by Kelsey Russo-Nixon
30 November 2018


The 2018 Geo-Launchpad interns traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana November 3-5 to present at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA). This is the first time that the Geo-Launchpad program supported intern travel to a conference and the first time that these particular students had ever presented at a national conference. Front Range Community College provided full funding for all four participants and will do so again for the 2019 cohort.

Intern Presentations

Four students, Santiago Cuevas, Grace Donovan, Katie Gallagher, and Alexandrea (Alex) Hurtado, submitted abstracts and were accepted to present the work they completed over the 2018 summer as part of their internship with Geo-Launchpad. The students worked in pairs over the summer at the U.S. Geological Survey at the Denver Federal Center under technical staff. Alex and Grace presented their poster “Using National Hydrography Linked Data to Better Understand Wild and Scenic River Protections,” and Santiago and Katie presented “The Modern Library: Digitizing Historic Photographs and Field Records for the United States Geological Survey.”


This was an incredibly valuable experience for the students to see what a national conference is like, practice presenting their work, network with researchers involved in similar projects, and witness the community interest in their work. They also spent time at the UNAVCO booth talking with students and community members, and connecting with faculty from 4-year universities they are interested in attending.

The Geo-Launchpad Program

Geo-Launchpad is an NSF-funded summer internship opportunity for community college students in Colorado and New Mexico. The program provides a unique experience for two-year students to gain research-ready skills, career exposure, and professional development, and experience multi-level mentoring. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.s ICER-1540524 and 1540588.

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