Broadening Participation in the Geosciences

Diversity in the geoscience workforce is extremely low. Only a handful of people from underrepresented populations complete graduate degrees in the U.S. each year. For example, statistics gathered for the National Science Foundation(1) in 2007 show that, one Native American, three Black Americans, and twelve Hispanic Americans earned a Ph.D. in the Earth sciences out of the 347 Ph.D. earned by U.S. citizens and permanent residents. This is a meager 4.6% of doctorates, while these groups make up more than one third of the U.S. population.

RESESS is dedicated to increasing diversity in the Earth science workforce through providing research experiences, confidence-building, and encouragement. Thanks in part to RESESS, students go on to the workforce or graduate school knowing that they are not alone, and that they are supported.

Our interns also learn about communicating their science to a broader audience. This past summer, we held a weekly y workshop for interns on communicating science using a variety of methods including oral presentations, poster presentations, research paper writing, and professional self-marketing.


This project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1261833 GEO-EAR.

(1) sources: National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, Completions Survey; and National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Integrated Science and Engineering Resources Data System (WebCASPAR), http://webcaspar.nsf.gov.