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RESESS Winter Update

Happy belated New Year! As you may know, the RESESS Internship is a bit like mini-grad school, or as the interns call it, "science boot camp." Students spend ten weeks in Boulder, Colorado, doing their own research on a project of interest to them. In that short time, they get results, write a paper, give a talk, and present a poster. Imagine doing that!

Apparently feeling the Earth move under his feet, Angel Torrens Bonano straddles the San Andreas Fault on a SURE program fieldtrip run by SCEC.
This year, 13 RESESS interns teamed up with science mentors at the University of Colorado at Boulder, U.S.G.S., NOAA, Penn State U., UNAVCO, and the University of Michigan (off-site). Three interns were part of a joint-internship opportunity with:
Cristina Lugo Centeno, Angel Torrens Bonano, and Ashley Grijalva at the Annual GSA Meeting.

The interns went on to give an impressive 17 presentations on their research at six different conferences!

  • 9 at the Geological Society of America in October
  • 8 at AGU, AISES, NABGG, and SACNAS, and SCEC's Annual Meetings!

Video and Blog

Intern and blogger, Breanna Skeets, out on the water in San Francisco Bay, during the AGU conference, December, 2011.

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Awards and Honors

Melissa Carnicle, right, after winning First Prize.

Congratulations to Melissa Carnicle for her first place for her poster at the 2011 meeting of the American Indians in Science and Engineering Society (AISES). Her research focused on the hydrologic impacts of a 2010 wildfire in Boulder County.

Interns Jordan Allen and Calvin Johnson both received Honorable Mentions for their posters at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Black Geologists (NABGG) in September.

Jordan Allen, Britton Mosley and Calvin Johnson at NABGG

Jordan's research focused on a 100 year record of glacier retreat in North America at NOAA, and Calvin studied the delineation of aquifer heterogeneities in the Great Sand Dunes National Park at the U.S. Geological Survey.


Christine Chesley, presenting her poster at the GSA conference in October.

Christine Chesley was honored at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting by Subaru of America Student Scholarship for her work.

A sophomore at the University of Miami, Christine is on the cusp of submitting a paper for publication with her mentor Pete LaFemina at Penn State on earthquakes at triggers of volcanic eruptions in Japan in the 1700s. Go Christine!


RESESS Teachers in the Classroom

Ezer Patlan, working with a high school student.

In December, I had the honor of being invited to the University of Texas at El Paso by RESESS alumni and doctoral students Ezer Patlan and Lennox Thompson. They are both are working in the high school classroom through an NSF program for grad students. They develop curricula for and teach physics and geology three times a week, and are engaging students with interactive physics animations and more! Thanks for a great visit.

Abstract Volume

Read about the RESESS research topics by perusing the 2011 RESESS abstract volume, Earth, Wind, Sea, and Sky.

We produced this volume with our partners at SP

We dedicated this volume to our mentors, who make the RESESS program what it is. Thank you again, mentors, and to our funders at the National Science Foundation, for your support.

RESESS Application is Now Open

2011 RESESS cohort.

The year 2011 was a good one at RESESS, and many fast friendships were made. Several interns will be back in 2012 and we are excited to meet the new ones.

We are seeking applications for 2012. The application process is open until Feb. 10th.

Please encourage students to apply by visiting the RESESS Home page and Apply page. Thanks for your help!

Wishing you a wonderful February,

~ Val Sloan


Dr. Valerie Sloan,
Director, RESESS Internship
UNAVCO
sloan@unavco.org
303-381-7488 (email is preferred)



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