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The application period for the 2014 RESESS internship cohort is rapidly coming to a close! If you know of a student who might be a good candidate for the program, please encourage them to apply via our online portal. This year RESESS will have two cohorts. The first cohort will be comprised of students who finish school in May, and will start on May 18. The second cohort will be comprised of students who finish school in June, and will start on June 16. Members of both cohorts will attend the three days of Leadership Training in Boulder in May, with the second cohort heading off to their internship locations after finishing their terms at school. We are excited that this opens up the internship to a greater number of students across the country!


A big thank you to the ExxonMobil Foundation for generously providing a $25,000 grant to support the 2014 RESESS program. Math and science education is one of the primary focuses of the Foundation, the primary philanthropic arm of the ExxonMobil Corporation in the United States. Their contribution will help strengthen the geoscience workforce through the development of future scientists.


RESESS had an outstanding presence at major meetings this fall, including the GSA Annual Meeting, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Annual Meeting, and the Fall AGU Meeting.

Geological Society of America Eight RESESS interns and alumni attended the GSA Annual meeting, with four of them receiving funding for the meeting through GSA's On to the Future program. Three of the students gave talks and three presented posters during the meeting, while two received external funding to attend the meeting for enrichment without presenting. Cross-cohort connections were made when alumni Fernando Martinez-Torres (2009, 2010), Habib Bravo-Ruiz (2010), Melissa Carnicle (2011, 2012), Breanna Skeets (2011, 2012), and Jenny Nakai (2012) all stopped by the UNAVCO booth or joined the 2013 interns for the RESESS dinner.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society At AISES, RESESS alumni Melissa Carnicle (2011, 2012) won third place in the undergraduate oral presentations after presenting a poster and a talk applying terrestrial laser scanning to studying glacial sediments in Minnesota. Well done, Melissa!

American Geophisical Union Eight of the 11 RESESS alumni from the 2013 cohort presented at the Fall AGU meeting. Two interns gave talks and six presented posters. RESESS interns also helped staff the UNAVCO booth, where interns from the past 9 years of the RESESS program stopped by to say hello and update us on their progress. It was great to see our very first RESESS intern, Stephen Hernandez (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009; currently at UC Santa Cruz), as well as Theresa Carranza Fullmer (2010, 2011; currently at U. Michigan), and Katherine Fornash (2007, 2008, 2009; currently at U. Minnesota).


Nearly 1,000 RESESS calendars were distributed to students, educators, and funders to show off the opportunities provided by and science coming out of the RESESS program. We hope you are enjoying one! Please note that we miscredited the feature image for February. The correct credit goes to Codrut D. Eftimiu at Thanks to everyone who contributed photographs for this publication.


As we come to the end of the current NSF Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) award, we are 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

Looking forward:
This is the 10th year of the highly successful RESESS program, and we plan to continue building upon the success of the program by incorporating new program elements! Keep an eye on the RESESS Facebook Page and the RESESS website for news of exciting changes!

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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 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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