We invite you to attend a workshop being conducted this summer at the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Headquarters in Washington, DC. This workshop will gather two-year college Earth and space science faculty who conduct research with their students via traditional courses as well as those who may recruit their students to apply to established summer research programs. Additionally, we invite faculty or undergraduate directors from four-year Earth and space science programs who have successfully transitioned two-year college students into their programs to spark a discussion of the issues and barriers involved in that process. We will also be joined by representatives from professional societies and federal organizations so that we may all discuss ways of supporting two-year college faculty and students engaged in Earth and space science research and the development of a new program within AGU to strengthen the role of two-year college Earth and space science students in the future workforce.

This workshop will provide the opportunity for two-year college faculty to increase their awareness of existing and successful research programs in the Earth and space sciences, as well as help to identify relevant barriers to participation for both students and faculty.


The goals of this workshop are for the participants to help the conveners gain a robust picture of the successes in and barriers to engaging two-year college students in research, and for the participants to learn from the presenters and one another ways of overcoming these barriers. In particular, the workshop should help us to:

  • Identify and develop a community of two-year college Earth and space science faculty who are engaged in research experiences and programs with their students.
  • Determine model programs and best practices within the community that make these research experiences and programs successful for faculty and students.
  • Identify barriers to successful faculty and student research experiences and programs.
  • Connect faculty who want to engage in research experiences with their students to national and local resources that can assist them in being successful in these endeavors.
  • Highlight and develop collaborations that will allow two-year college students and faculty to attend and present their research at the AGU Fall Meeting.


The workshop will be held at AGU headquarters, 2000 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Participants will be housed at a local hotel. The workshop will start on Wednesday July 11 at 6:00 pm with a dinner followed by the informal opening session at 7:00 pm. The workshop will conclude by 3:30 pm on Friday July 13, and participants should plan to travel home that same day (if you wish to extend your stay, additional lodging will be at your own expense). Participants should arrange air travel to ensure arrival and departure times that will allow full participation in the workshop. Supported participants should contact the conveners before making any reservations.


Selected participants are expected to be present for the entire workshop program (from 8:15am July 12-3:30pm July 13, 2012). At the end of the workshop, participants will be expected to submit an approximately two-page digital document summarizing the main points of their breakout group’s discussion of barriers and best practices in two-year college research. Time will be provided during and after workshop sessions to develop this document, only one document will be required per group, and not everyone will be required to bring a computer.

Application Process and Selection Criteria

Every effort has been made to select a diverse group of attendees in order to provide a rich discussion and broad picture of barriers and best practices in two year college Earth and space science student research. For those not able to attend, workshop outcomes will be disseminated via this site and through other publications to be announced here and through AGU Education.

This workshop is being supported by the National Science Foundation Geosciences Directorate (Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences award # 1201578). Applicants who are selected to participate in the workshop will receive travel support, lodging, on-site food expenses, and workshop materials. If you aren’t selected to participate but are interested in joining in this workshop at your own expense, please contact the workshop conveners.


All workshop sessions will be held at the AGU headquarters conference center, 2000 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Meals will be held onsite, except for dinners which will be held at nearby restaurants.

For More Information

For more information about the workshop please contact the workshop conveners Pranoti Asher (AGU Education and Public Outreach Manager).