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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 & Andi Ellis
  • Dates: September 22 - 25, 2019
  • Location(s): Phoenix, Arizona
  • Funding Source: NSF ICER Award Numbers 1540524 and 1540588

Written by Kelsey Russo-Nixon
21 October 2019


The 2019 Geo-Launchpad interns traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, to present at the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) annual meeting. This is the second year that Geo-Launchpad interns were funded to attend GSA, and the first opportunity that these particular students had to present at a national conference. Front Range Community College provided full conference registration and travel funding for all six participants and plan to do so again for the 2020 cohort.

Intern Presentations

Six students, Lily Chuang (Front Range Community College), Alexandra (Alex) Cohen (Red Rocks Community College), Jackson Galloway (Arapahoe Community College), Kaely Harris (Front Range Community College), Daniel Kelly (Front Range Community College), and Shannon O’Neill (Front Range Community College), submitted abstracts to the conference and were accepted to present their summer Geo-Launchpad internship work. This year’s cohort was hosted by technical staff at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) at the Denver Federal Center and at Droplet Measurement Technologies in Longmont, CO.

Their poster presentation titles were as follows:

  • Lily Chuang, “Implementation of Lean Manufacturing Tools in Assembly of Scientific Instrumentation to Improve Consistency of Product Quality, Delivery, and Productivity”
  • Alex Cohen and Shannon O’Neill, “The Future of Published Papers: Improving Reproducibility Practices for USGS Publications”
  • Jackson Galloway and Daniel Kelly, “Creating the Digital Collection of William E. Davies at the USGS Library”
  • Kaely Harris, “Analysis of Avian North American Migratory Flyway Use to Enable Effective Conservations of Species in Greatest Conservation Need”
  • Impact

    Attending GSA, a prominent national conference in the earth science field, provided the 2019 Geo-Launchpad interns first-hand experience in presenting technical research-oriented projects, networking with researchers, and viewing themselves as contributing members of the science community. Their presentations also attracted many interested scientists, which enriched their experience.

    Additionally, attending the GSA conference in Phoenix, Arizona was a post-internship cohort-building opportunity where interns reconnected in person with each other, UNAVCO and Front Range staff, and other UNAVCO interns during an alumni dinner and various career building events.

    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 an opportunity to develop research-ready skills, multi-level mentoring, career exposure, and professional development for students exploring degrees and careers in the geosciences. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ICER-1540524 and 1540588.

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