2015 interns: Front Row (l to r): Crystal Burgess, Stacy Hendricks, Nicole Ingraham, Deanna Metivier, Alexis Ho Liu   //  Second Row (l to r): Garth Ornelas, Molly Anderson, Anny Sainvil, Dana Downs, Ann Marie Prue, Brandt Scott, Kate Shervais  //  Third Row (l to r): Sarah Kittross, Enrique Chon, Carson MacPherson-Krutsky, Jessica Whiteaker, Austin Madson, Andrew Bayles (Photo/Beth Bartel UNAVCO)


The nine 2015 RESESS interns have departed Boulder after an exciting and rewarding summer of research, writing, and communications training.  Hailing from nine different universities and colleges across the country, the RESESS interns joined the four Geo-Launchpad interns and the five UNAVCO Student Internship Program interns for a summer of formal and informal professional development, field trips, and training opportunities.
On July 29th, RESESS and Geo-Launchpad interns presented their research and project in a morning colloquium at UNAVCO. The following afternoon all 13 interns presented their posters at a joint poster session with SOARS, NEON, RECCS, and PRECIP, held at the UCAR Center Green campus. If you didn’t get a chance to hear their talks or join us for the poster session, you can catch up by viewing the RESESS posters and the presentations on the interns’ home pages [http://resess.unavco.org/people/people.html].
RESESS intern Ann Marie Prue speaks about her summer project,  "A Re-Analysis of the Late Cretaceous Flora of the Two Medicine Formation in Montana Using Digital Leaf Physiognomy" during the RESESS Colloquium at UNAVCO on July 29, 2015. (Photo/Beth Bartel, UNAVCO)
RESESS Intern Stacy Hendricks and mentor, Aaron Bandler getting to know the software for her summer seismology project. (Photo/Megan Doughty)
RESESS intern Brandt Scott (left) describes his work on his summer project to Rolf Norgaard (middle) and Chuck Meertens (right) at the 2015 Intern Poster Session at UCAR, July 30, 2015. (Photo/Melissa Weber, UNAVCO)



Molly Anderson
Using Remote Sensing Techniques to Assess the Geologic Context of Olivine-Bearing Materials Within Terra Sirenum, Mars

Crystal Burgess
Detection of Diagenesis in Paleosol Carbonate Nodules Using OpticalaAnd Cathodoluminescence Microscopy

Enrique Chon
Spatiala and Temporal Analysis of Soil Moisture Observations from the Russian River Basin

Stacy Hendricks
Assessing Aspect Control on Adjacent Weathering Hillslopes Using Seismic Anisotropy Velocity Models Within the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory, Colorado

Deanna Metivier
Understanding the Use of Climate Information in State Wildlife Action Plans

Garth Ornelas
Updating Tree Ring Width Chronologies of Engelmann Spruce in Subalpine Forests of Colorado's Front Range

Ann Marie Prue
A Re-Analysis of the Late Cretaceous Flora of the Two Medicine Formation in Montana Using Digital Leaf Physiognomy

Anny Sainvil
Using the Self-Potential Method to Analyze the Temporal and Spatial Variation of Shallow Groundwater Flow Through Meadows Within the Boulder Creek Critical Zone

Brandt Scott
Measuring Apatite Chemistry: Potential Implications for Apatite (U-Th)/He Geochronology


Dana Downs and Jessica Whiteaker
Range Precision and Accuracy of Terrestrial Laser Scanners

Alexis Ho-Liu and Nicole Ingraham
Applications of UNAVCO GPS Equipment for Polar Research Support


“The RESESS program solidified my decision to pursue graduate school. Each summer I remember working with a very supportive and helpful science mentor, writing workshops, GRE prep courses, field trips and most importantly the life-long friendships. The most unique thing about RESESS is the support each intern receives and it’s dedication to increasing minority participation in science.”
Jordan Allen was a RESESS intern during the summers of 2010 and 2011. As an undergraduate at Savannah State University he studied environmental science. During his time at Savannah State, he participated in several research programs in addition to RESESS, including the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the Medical University of South Carolina, NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program at Ames Research Center, and Woods Hole Partnership Educational Program.

Jordan is measuring soil respiration using a Li-cor
LI-820 in one of his research plots in Rocky Mountain National Park during the summer of 2014.
(Photo/Marlon Oguma)
Jordan is currently a master’s student at Colorado State University studying ecology. His research focuses on the effects of long-term nitrogen fertilization on forest soil respiration in Rocky Mountain National Park. He plans to defend his M.S. thesis in November 2015. In addition to participating in research programs, he enjoys being involved in science education and outreach opportunities such as volunteering for the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Bioblitz, Fifth Annual Weather and Science Day at Coors Field, Little Shop of Physics 24th Annual CSU Open House and Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network Summer Academy.


Aisha Morris
Several interns from 2015 and from past years will be presenting their research at fall and winter scientific conferences, including the National Association of Black Geoscientists Annual Meeting (Houston), the American Meteorological Society Student Conference (New Orleans), the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (Baltimore), and the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting  (San Francisco). If you will be in attendance at GSA or AGU, stop by and meet our alumni at the UNAVCO booth! Also, keep an eye on the RESESS website and RESESS Facebook page for the dates and times of intern talks and posters.


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 broaden participation by increasing the number of students in the geosciences from groups that have been historically underrepresented.

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.


With 11 years of RESESS completed we are looking toward the future and the evolution of the RESESS program and activities. We are always looking toward future opportunities for collaborations and sponsorship. Help us keep this amazing program on track and moving forward, and serving both our young scientists and our science community as a whole. If you would like to participate in the growth and sustainability of RESESS please reach out to us at resess@unavco.org.

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