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UNAVCO welcomes the 2014 RESESS cohort! This is the 10th group of RESESS interns and we have had a fantastic kick-off to the summer. Already, the group has survived orientation and leadership training and the interns are digging in on their research.

Week one was packed with training and orienting. On May 18th, the RESESS interns joined the SOARS (Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science) protégés and NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network) interns for a joint meet-and-greet and welcome dinner on the University of Colorado – Boulder campus.

On Monday, May 19th, Rex Baum of the U.S. Geological Survey presented a science seminar on the Oso, Washington and Front Range, Colorado landslide events, followed by lunch with RESESS interns, mentors, and UNAVCO staff.

The RESESS interns again joined the SOARS and NEON students to participate in a day-long workshop to build leadership skills and practice communication strategies for the summer and beyond. The students and staff learned these skills and strategies by playing games and doing exercises facilitated by local experts from 5.12 Solutions.

Orientation and leadership training concluded with group tours of UNAVCO, NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research), and NEON. Students and staff were able to explore terrestrial laser scanning at UNAVCO, 3-D data visualization at the NCAR Mesa Lab, and engineering for ecological observatories at NEON.

The interns’ first day of work was Thursday, May 22, 2014, and as they settle in with their research projects, writing workshop, communications seminar, and GRE course, we are looking forward to a rewarding summer full of learning and new experiences.


We are pleased to welcome five new and five returning interns to the 10th RESESS cohort:

Pictured, from left to right, starting from top:

  • Belinda Gonzalez
    University of Texas at El Paso
  • Ashlyann Arana Morales
    University of Puerto Rico
  • Garth Ornelas
    Southwestern University
  • Ann Marie Prue
    University of Wisconsin - River Falls
  • Jacqueline Romero
    Southern Methodist University
  • Wesley Weisberg
    Missouri State University
  • Diana Rattanasith
    University of California - Santa Cruz
  • Joshua Russell
    University of Missouri
  • Amy Asanuma
    University of Idaho
  • Brian Chung
    Boston College


This year RESESS is incorporating a new element into the summer program, designed to explore non-academic scientific communications. The seminar is being taught by UNAVCO Outreach Specialist Beth Bartel, and will help provide tools for interns to make a broader impact with their science, improve their confidence in public speaking and using social media for outreach, improve interns’ professional presence online, and help interns develop the tools they need to apply for a job or graduate school. The communications workshop is shaping up to be a great addition to the summer program!

Looking forward:
As we noted above, the end of the 2014 summer marks the close of the 10th year of the UNAVCO RESESS program. We have exciting developments coming up and we look forward to announcing them soon!

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-Aisha Morris, PhD


RESESS is a summer internship program dedicated to increasing the diversity of students entering the geosciences.

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 are always looking toward future opportunities for collaborations and sponsorship. Are you interested in becoming a mentor? We have a system in place to help you with your proposal preparation! We are also working on diversification of our funding streams, and are open to discussions with corporations, foundations, non-profits, and government. Help us keep this amazing program on track and moving forward, and serving both our young scientists and our science community as a whole. For potential partnerships, please contact us at

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 communications mentor who works with the student on their scientific and professional communications.

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

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