SO, WHAT DOES A GEOSCIENTIST REALLY DO?
Most students that are interested in STEM fields, even at the college level, do not really know what ocean and earth scientists do. So, when it's time to pick a major, they tend to fall back on the more familiar majors, such as biology, chemistry or engineering. Thus, earth and ocean science majors (such as Geology, Meteorology and Oceanography) may be undersubscribed – at a time when there is a great need for geoscientists. For example, the SOEST at the University of Hawai‘i is one of the nation's largest ocean and earth science research facilities, with 73 Professors in four departments. Yet, combined enrollment in its four undergraduate majors (geology/geophysics, geology, global environmental science, and meteorology) is only 109 students. We believe partnering with career professionals ought to be a critical component of earth and ocean science academic programs, whether at the pre-college or college level. We will showcase examples of how we have integrated a career component into pre-college, undergraduate and graduate programs, and share evaluation results on how this has expanding students' career horizons.
Wren, J. L., Department of Oceanography, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruno, B. C., Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE), University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, USA, email@example.com
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Location: Poster/Exhibit Hall
Presentation is given by student: Yes