UNAVCO, a non-profit university-governed consortium, facilitates geoscience research and education using geodesy. UNAVCO manages and supports RESESS through its Education and Community Engagement Program and administers the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant from which RESESS is funded. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, UNAVCO staff participate as communications and science mentors for RESESS, fostering intern development in communicating science and exposing interns to cutting-edge research and technology in the geosciences. UNAVCO is committed to increasing the representation of underserved populations in the solid earth sciences.
Our partner program, SOARS (Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science), is administered by UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) in Boulder, Colorado. Now in its second decade of operation, SOARS strives to broaden participation in atmospheric and related sciences by encouraging involvement of students from historically underrepresented groups. In addition to providing unique research internship opportunities, SOARS promotes a proactive approach to learning, including mentors for research, writing, and community; a community of peers; and exercises in leadership and team building.
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, started an internship program in 2013, and has joined SOARS and RESESS in offering joint programming and activities for their interns. The NEON Internship Program is designed to provide qualified undergraduates with real-world summer work experience in their chosen field. The NEON Internship Program strongly encourages students from historically underrepresented groups in science and engineering to apply, and the program is designed to promote student success through mentoring, leadership training and various networking activities.
Currently, RESESS is funded in part by a grant from the NSF (National Science Foundation) [Grant No. 0914704 GEO-OEDG] under Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences. The NSF OEDG award ends on August 31, 2014 and starting on September 1, 2014, RESESS will be funded for two years, in part, by a supplement to the UNAVCO Geodesy Advancing the Geosciences and Earthscope (GAGE) Facility award. UNAVCO encourages science Principal Investigators to include support for RESESS interns in their research proposals submitted to the NSF. See the UNAVCO Broader Impacts Proposal Guidance for further information.
The ExxonMobil Foundation has a strategically focused vision that includes supporting math and science education. In 2013, the ExxonMobil Foundation joined RESESS by providing support for intern travel and academic scholarships, and exposure to private sector career pathways via a focused workshop in petroleum exploration and production. The partnership between ExxonMobil and RESESS will enable interns to attend scientific conferences and present the results from their summer research to the broader scientific community. The ExxonMobil Foundation academic scholarships are available via an application process for interns with demonstrated need.
IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) is a university research consortium dedicated to exploring the Earth's interior through the collection and distribution of seismographic data. IRIS programs contribute to scholarly research, education, earthquake hazard mitigation, and the verification of a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Support for IRIS comes from the National Science Foundation, other federal agencies, universities, and private foundations. IRIS also conducts its own Summer Undergraduate Internship Program.
The USGS (United States Geological Survey) in Golden, Colorado, provides science mentors for research experiences at the National Earthquake Center. USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.