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The 2013 RESESS interns closed out their summer with exceptional talks at the UNAVCO colloquium and a well-received poster session at NCAR. All 11 interns presented their research in science-conference length talks to a full house at UNAVCO’s Boulder headquarters. The talks were attended by UNAVCO staff, CU faculty and students, members of the Boulder science community, and NSF GEO Program Director Wendy Harrison. The talks were broadcast via WebEx, and we had many remote participants in the colloquium, including representatives from NSF. Interns also polished their poster presentation skills later in the afternoon as they participated in a full-scale poster session with SOARS, NEON, and UCAR’s pre-college program interns.

View their talks on YouTube.

The summer 2013 mentors provided a broad range of research projects for the RESESS interns. Their work ranged from spectral dating of prehistoric landslides in coastal Oregon to determination of water quality in advance of hydraulic fracturing in New York to using seismic tomography to identify the source of seismic anisotropy in the Sierra Nevada. The RESESS alumni web page has each intern’s bio, abstract, poster, and research talk, and we invite you to visit the page to learn more about their experiences. If you are looking for a more tactile version of the interns’ work, please be sure to get your hands on the brand new 2013-2014 RESESS wall calendar! Abstracts from each intern are included in the 15-month calendar, along with information about the interns, their interests, and figures and pictures from their research.

This fall, eight of the 2013 interns will present their research at either the Geological Society of America national conference in Denver, or at the American Geophysical Union national conference in San Francisco. If you will be in attendance at either meeting, please look out for them and say hello! The UNAVCO booth at both conferences will also have supplies of our new 2013-2014 RESESS wall calendar! The interns worked hard on their projects, so please show them your support.

Sunday, October 27th
Isabel Villaneda-van VlotenAnalysis of compaction in the Niobrara Formation, Denver-Julesburg Basin, ColoradoPOSTER
Tuesday, October 29th
Rachel MedinaOptimization of kinematic GPS data analysis for large surface deformation from the July 2003 dome collapse at Soufrière Hills Volcano, MontserratPOSTER
Wednesday, October 30th
Gina OliverAnisotropy from joint analysis of split Direct-S and SKS images lithospheric foundering under the Sierra Nevada, CATALK8:15 AM, Colorado Convention Center, Room 304
Wednesday, December 11th
Garth OrnelasWater Drainage from Unsaturated Soils in a Centrifuge PermeameterPOSTER1:40 PM - 6:00 PM - Hall A-C (Moscone South)
Thursday December 12th
Amanda LabradoMicrobial Extracellular Enzyme Activity and Community Assembly Processes Post Fire DisturbanceTALK9:15-9:30 AM, 2006 (Moscone West
Gina OliverAnisotropy from joint analysis of split Direct-S and SKS images lithospheric foundering under the Sierra Nevada, CATALK2:10-2:25 PM, 302 (Moscone South)
Friday, December 13th
Brian ChungPrehistoric and Modern Stress Evolution and Seismicity in Central Idaho in Relation to the 1983 Borah Peak EarthquakePOSTER8:00 - 12:20 PM, Hall A-C (Moscone South)
Rachel MedinaOptimization of Kinematic GPS Data Analysis for Large Surface Deformation from the July 2003 Dome Collapse at Soufrière Hills Volcano, MontserratPOSTER1:40 - 6:00 PM, Hall A-C (Moscone South)
Kayla ChristianExtant or Absent: Formation Water in New York State Drinking Water WellsPOSTER1:40 - 6:00 PM, Hall A-C (Moscone South)
Diana RattanasithDeep crustal shear zone development and implications for seismic anisotropy: An example from southwestern MontanaPOSTER1:40 - 6:00 PM, Hall A-C (Moscone South)

RESESS supports attendance at one major geoscience conference. We encourage students to seek travel scholarships and other assistance to attend more than one if possible.

Happy Autumn! It was a whirlwind summer, but I had a wonderful time settling in at UNAVCO and working with all the exceptional interns and mentoring teams. Did you know we have a Facebook page dedicated to RESESS? As everyone has returned to their respective institutions, or moved on to the next phase of their education or career, we have primarily been using social media to update alumni, mentors, and other collaborators. This is one of our primary modes of communication, so we encourage everyone to “Like” the Facebook page to be kept up to date on RESESS activities!

I would also just like to take a moment to say a hearty THANK YOU to all of our 2013 mentors. Without you, the program would not be successful. I look forward to working with many of you again next year, and meeting many more excellent mentors in the future.

Looking forward:

We are excited to begin preparing for our 2014 cohort of interns! Please share this opportunity with all eligible students in your network. The RESESS internship application link will be available starting November 18, 2013, and all application materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on February 1, 2014.

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-Aisha Morris, PhD

RESESS is a summer internship program dedicated to increasing the diversity of students entering the geosciences.
RESESS es un programa de internado en verano que busca aumentar la participación de estudiantes universitarios minoritarios en la geociencia.

The goal of the RESESS Internship program is to increase the number of students that are underrepresented in the geosciences relative to their proportions in the general population.

We introduce students to scientific research, prepare students for graduate school, and provide support and encouragement as students build skills and confidence. Students experience an authentic research experience and are encouraged to consider graduate school with an eye to a career in science, whether that is in research, teaching, or industry.

We support our interns intensively in what is a challenging work experience. Each student has a science mentor who guides them on the research project and a writing mentor who works with the student on their research paper.

We are always looking for people who are interested in volunteering to mentor a RESESS intern! Become a mentor »

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