Hofstra University has been awarded a National Science Foundation GEOPaths grant to establish a unique summer science research program for high school and undergraduate students to work in teams with faculty in the Geology, Environment, and Sustainability department. These “GEOTeams” will conduct research in geoscience, meteorology, and sustainability, with a focus on projects on Long Island and on the Greek Islands. The objectives of the GEOPaths initiative are to increase the number of students pursuing careers in the geosciences and to expand participation by students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the geosciences. The program will run from early July to mid-August, and participants will present the work they accomplished in a scientific poster session in early fall. Applications to participate are due Friday, April 30, 2021, and students will be selected based on their academic qualifications and their teacher recommendation letter. Participants who complete the program will receive a stipend and free tuition for the program. For more information, please contact GEOTEAMS@hofstra.edu.
The National Science Foundation has funded an effort to create “GEOTeams” at Hofstra University, each comprised of one full-time faculty member from the Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability, one high school student, one undergraduate STEM major, and one pre-service teacher.
The GEOTeams will conduct research in earth science and sustainability for five weeks during July-August, with most of the teams focused on issues pertaining to Long Island. One team will conduct research into the sustainability of living on the Greek Islands. The objectives of the GEOTeams activities are to provide students with authentic research experience in a geoscience/sustainability project. For high school students, this could lead them to studying these subjects in college, for undergraduates, the experience may help them with finding employment or placement in graduate programs, and for future teachers, this program will help them be better research mentors for their own students in projects relating to geoscience and sustainability.
Weekly workshops embedded in the program will prepare the students to:
- Conduct scientific research safely
- Prepare a review of relevant literature
- Carry out research methods ethically
- Present their scientific research results
- Write scientific reports
In addition, weekly seminars will give participants opportunities to hear about career paths in geoscience and sustainability from guest speakers drawn from a private environmental consulting firm, a nonprofit organization, and local government. These speakers will talk to the participants about their work and career paths. Other presentations will help the participants understand the college and graduate school admission processes.
After the intensive summer research experience, participants will prepare a presentation for a scientific poster session in early fall. Participants are expected to share their experiences as widely as possible. High school students may present their research at their high schools. Undergraduate STEM majors may carry on the research as an independent study or capstone thesis project during the school year and may present further results of that research at professional conferences. The pre-service teachers may develop lesson plans based on their experiences and share those with other pre-service and in-service teachers.
High school students:
- Must be enrolled in 10th or 11th grade at the time the application is submitted;
- Have had at least one year of a high school laboratory-based science course;
- Have demonstrated an interest in the sciences;
- Be willing and able to commit six weeks to full-time scientific research; and
- Have demonstrated the ability to work independently.
- Must be enrolled at Hofstra University in a BS or BA program; and
- Must be pursuing a STEM major or pre-service teacher program.
Note: All student participants must be able to travel to and from the Hofstra campus daily. There is no option for on-campus housing.
GEOTeams Program Applications
Reviews of applications will begin in May. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is April 30, 2021. The following information must be included in the application form:
- A statement from the student explaining why they want to engage in a science research project and what careers they are interested in exploring;
- A letter of recommendation from a science teacher;
- Demographic information of the student.
Applications will be reviewed by the Principal Investigators of the GEOTeams program. Admission decisions will be made to maximize participation of students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the geosciences. Because we receive many more applications than we have available spots in the program, we cannot guarantee acceptance, even for highly qualified candidates. Selected students may be asked to meet with their prospective team in early May. Final admission decisions will be made by June 1.
Select from the application forms below. The forms can be filled in on your computer, and then printed, signed, and sent through paper mail; alternatively, the form can be scanned and emailed to GEOTEAMS@hofstra.edu.