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On The Development Of An Undergraduate Research Training Program In Geophysics

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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A Potpourri of Innovations in Physics

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8.890.1 - 8.890.12



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Mark Kithcart

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Legunchim Emmanwori

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G. Van Ness Burbach

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Dominic Clemence

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Caesar Jackson

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Guoqing Tang

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Session 3480

On the Development of an Undergraduate Research Training Program in Geophysics1

Guoqing Tang*, Caesar R. Jackson*, G. Van Ness Burbach*, Dominic P. Clemence**, Legunchim Emmanwori** and Mark Kithcart***

*Department of Physics/**Department of Mathematics/ ***Department of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro, NC 27411

1. Introduction

The purpose of this paper is to present an ongoing effort to develop an undergraduate research training program in geophysics at North Carolina A&T State University. Being an extremely broad and important field of science, geophysics entails the study and exploration of the earth and its atmosphere and waters by means of physical measurements, and requires its practitioners to utilize a combination of mathematics, physics, geology, and computer science to analyze these measurements to infer properties and processes of the complex earth system. By its nature of interdisciplinarity, geophysics makes research and development projects ideal for education and research training of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students. Education and training have become lifelong pursuits for our workforce, as new jobs requiring new skills are created, and older jobs and skills become obsolete. Career broadening through interdisciplinary experiences is particularly important in preparing underrepresented students for the opportunities in geophysical sciences. North Carolina A&T State University, the Nation’s top producer of minority baccalaureate degrees in STEM disciplines, is well positioned to take the lead role in preparing underrepresented students to pursue academic studies and career opportunities in geophysical sciences.

The National Science Foundation HBCU Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) funded the University’s TALENT-21: Gateway for Advancing Science and Mathematics Talent program in 1999. The TALENT-21 Program began the effort of developing an undergraduate research training program in geophysics. The development of such a research training program includes

1 This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under the Grants HRD-9909058, GEO- 0224522 and DMS-0207126, and by the U.S. Department of Education under an institutional MSEIP Grant. Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright©2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Kithcart, M., & Emmanwori, L., & Burbach, G. V. N., & Clemence, D., & Jackson, C., & Tang, G. (2003, June), On The Development Of An Undergraduate Research Training Program In Geophysics Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12558

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