AGU URECAS

Workshop Program

All activities take place at AGU headquarters except dinners; those locations are noted below.

July 11, 2012 (Wednesday)

6:00pm Dinner by Heritage India, held at Fiesta Restaurant and Lounge, 1327 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC. Optional: meet in the lobby of the Churchill at 5:30pm to walk to dinner as a group.
7:00-8:00pm Introductions, brief overview of workshop goals. Pranoti Asher and Bethany Adamec (AGU Education and Public Outreach)

July 12, 2012 (Thursday)

Breakfast will be available at AGU beginning 7:45 am. Workshop sessions begin at 8:15.

Introduction: AGU and Two-Year Colleges

7:45-8:15am Breakfast and coffee/tea will be available

8:15-8:30am Orientation, workshop goals, introductions, and the plan for the day. Pranoti Asher and Bethany Adamec (AGU Education and Public Outreach)

8:30-8:40am Opening remarks. Christine McEntee (AGU Executive Director/CEO)

8:40-8:50am AGU’s synoptic view of the Earth and space science workforce. Ann Cairns (AGU Director, Strategic Communications and Outreach)

8:50-9:15am The role of AGU, its Fall Meeting, and a niche for two-year college (2YC) faculty and students. Pranoti Asher (AGU Education and Public Outreach Manager)

Overview: Current Status of Student Research at 2YC

9:15 -9:40am Current trends in geoscience programs, faculty, and students at 2YC. Christopher Keane (Technology and Communications Director, American Geosciences Institute)

9:40-10:10am Undergraduate research at 2YC– the view from Council on Undergraduate Research. Elizabeth Ambos  (Executive Officer, Council on Undergraduate Research)

10:10-10:30am Break (coffee/tea and snacks available)

Examining Best Practices and Barriers

Best practices for engaging diverse students at 2YC in research opportunities and transitioning them to 4YC: Four examples from the field – Presentations and Q&A

10:30-11:00am Increasing the participation and success of nontraditional students in the geosciences.  Joshua Villalobos (El Paso Community College); Diane Doser (University of Texas at El Paso)

11:00-11:30am Both sides of the pipeline: A Two-year college/four-year college research and education collaborative. Allison Beauregard Schwartz (NW Florida State University); Matthew Schwartz (University of West Florida)

11:30am-12:00pm Developing research experiences for community college students: Expectations, limitations, logistics, and successes. Karen Bushaw-Newton (Northern Virginia Community College); Shelley Jaye (Northern Virginia Community College) 

12:00-12:30pm Education as Culture: The importance of recruiting Native students into the geosciences from Tribal Colleges. Jerilyn Jourdain (Red Lake Nation College)

12:30-12:45pm General Q&A for the above session

12:45-1:45pm Lunch

1:45-3:00pm Discussion in small groups. By the end of day two, each group will produce a document based on their discussion questions. Topics to be discussed include existing models for student research at 2YC, student and faculty barriers to participation, institutionalizing research, facilitating transfer to 4YC, and addressing the needs of diverse students. Bethany Adamec (AGU Education and Outreach Coordinator)

3:00-3:20pm Break (coffee/tea and snacks available)

3:20-5:20pm Continue discussions, report out from breakout groups, questions and whole group discussion.

5:20-6:00pm Groups reconvene to discuss and add additional materials to their writing assignment.

Evening Activities

6:00-6:45pm Reception
7:00-8:30pm Dinner at Mai Thai, 1200 19th St NW, Washington DC

July 13, 2012 (Friday)

Breakfast will be available at AGU beginning 7:45 am. Workshop sessions begin at 8:15.

Introduction of Day Two

7:45–8:15am Breakfast and coffee/tea will be available

8:15-8:30am Plan for the day and questions. Pranoti Asher (AGU)

Overcoming Barriers: Recruitment and Transfer

8:30-8:45am The role of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Jeffrey von Munkwitz-Smith (President, AACRAO; Assistant Vice President and University Registrar, Boston University)

8:45-9:00am Central Florida’s regional K-20 partnership for college access and success in the STEM disciplines. Angé Peterson (University of Central Florida)

9:00-9:30am ALIGNED Toolkit preview: A geographic approach to enhancing diversity and supporting collaborative research. Joy Adams (Association of American Geographers)

9:30-10:00am Administrative challenges and resources for students and faculty. Katryn Wiese (City College of San Francisco)  ; Wendy Harrison (Colorado School of Mines)

10:00-10:20am Break (coffee/tea and snacks available)

Logistics and Opportunities

10:20-10:40am Connections between research and education: the essential synergistic element. Robert Ridky (National Education Coordinator, US Geological Survey) 

10:40-11:00am Getting your 2YC ideas off the ground: Opportunities at NSF through the ATE Program. Celeste Carter (National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education)

11:00-11:30am REU, RUI, TUES, and other opportunities for 2YC students and faculty in the Earth and space sciences. Lina Patino (National Science Foundation, Division of Earth Sciences), Michelle Hall (National Science Foundation, Division of Ocean Sciences, Peter Lea (National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education)

11:30-11:50am Don’t be LEEFed behind! Alicia Minzel (LI-COR Biosciences)

11:50-12:10pm Two-year college faculty:  Building networks, building communities. Heather Macdonald (College of William and Mary)

12:10-12:20pm General Q&A for the above session

12:20-1:20pm Lunch

Next Steps for URECAS

1:20-1:35pm A vision for URECAS at the AGU Fall Meeting.  Pranoti Asher (AGU Education and Public Outreach Manager)

1:35-1:55pm Engaging 2YC students in mentored research projects at marine laboratories through the COSEE PRIME internship program.  Jan Hodder (University of Oregon); Jude Apple (Western Washington University/COSEE Pacific Partnerships) 

1:55-2:15pm Bringing IRIS REU students back together at the AGU Fall Meeting.  John Taber (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology)

2:15-2:30pm Small group discussions of URECAS. What are the best ideas for launching the program? What are potential barriers for getting your 2YC students to the AGU Fall Meeting and how can we overcome them? Pranoti Asher (AGU Education and Public Outreach Manager)

2:30-2:45pm Small group discussion on the kind of support needed to continue doing research with students or start a program. How can participants support one another, and what can AGU and other entities do to help? Pranoti Asher (AGU Education and Public Outreach Manager)

2:45-3:00 Report out from breakout groups, questions and whole group discussion

3:00-3:30pm Reflections, next steps, and evaluations. Discuss follow-up meetings at GSA and AGU and conversations throughout the year. Group essays submitted.

3:30pm Adjourn