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Aisha R. Morris is excited to join the UNAVCO team as an Education and Community Engagement Specialist, and Director of the RESESS Program. Most recently, Aisha worked in the office of Representative Rush Holt (NJ-12) as the 2011-2012 William L. Fisher Geosciences/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Fellow. Prior to her AAAS Fellowship, Dr. Aisha Morris was an Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Postdoctoral Fellow at Syracuse University.

During her time in Syracuse, she continued her work as a planetary volcanologist, as well as participated extensively in science education and community outreach initiatives. Dr. Morris earned her BS in Geology with High Distinction from Duke University and both her MS and PhD in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Morris’ graduate and postdoctoral research interests focused on the geology and evolution of volcanic terrains on Earth and other terrestrial planets, contributing to discoveries regarding the presence and location of water in recent Martian history.

In addition to geological research, Dr. Morris has a passion for exposing as many people to the importance of the earth sciences as possible. She volunteered in the Earth Science classroom of the Science and Technology Entry Program, educating and exciting students about the earth sciences, including job and intellectual potential within the field. During the summers of 2010 and 2011, Dr. Morris also acted as Camp Director for the Girls Get It! science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camp for middle school girls from the Syracuse City School District.

The 2013 program kicks off on May 19th. We are pleased to welcome the following interns:

Pictured, from left to right, starting from top:

  • Nathan Mathabane
    Princeton University
  • Kayla Christian
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Garth Ornelas
    Southwestern University
  • Amanda Labrado
    University of Texas at El Paso
  • Diana Rattanasith
    University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Mia Lee
    University of Maryland
  • Brian Chung
    Boston College
  • Amy Asanuma
    University of Idaho
  • Gina Oliver
    California State University, Long Beach
  • Isabel Villaneda-van Vloten
    Wichita State University
  • Rachel Medina
    Fort Lewis College
"Even in my years as a graduate student, much of my work has or will rest on prior research made possible by UNAVCO-installed GPS monuments and strainmeters in California & Western US, and Costa Rica. It is difficult to over-estimate the impact the RESESS program has had on getting my scientific career off the ground. The focused mentoring and cutting-edge research and programming has given me the tools I need to succeed in graduate school."

- Stephen Hernandez
RESESS Alum - 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009

Stephen completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at El Paso in May 2009 with a degree in Mathematics. As an undergraduate, he was exposed to the geological sciences department and saw connections between some of the mathematical and computational aspects of geology- in particular, seismology. These connections were amplified by his experiences in the RESESS program.

During Stephen's RESESS experience, he had the opportunity to sample a diverse range of topics in the solid earth sciences including seismology, geomorphology, and geodesy. His interactions with UNAVCO and RESESS took him to multiple countries: Tanzania, New Zealand, Antarctica, Argentina, Uruguay, Fiji, Tonga and numerous US states for multiple conferences and field deployments.

Currently, Stephen is a third year graduate student in the Earth and Planetary Sciences department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is preparing to take his qualifying exam in May so that he can advance to candidacy and graduate by June 2015. Stephen works with Emily Brodsky and Susan Schwartz on topics mostly related to earthquake physics.

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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