Volcanoes and Ice Summer Program

The main goal of this program is to familiarize students from traditional 2-year institutions in the United States and Chile with volcano and glacier deposits and processes, and the use of drone technology for geologic applications.  Information about the program can be found on the VISP homepage.  Prior field schools from 2022 in Oregon and 2023 in Chile.

Applying established frameworks from field- and place-based learning (e.g., Pfeifer et al., 2020; Semken et al., 2017), we will use settings from these students’ home regions to contextualize the following learning objectives to: (1) provide a field- and lab-based experience for the students that will be focused on volcanoes in glaciated regions, (2) train students in using mapping technology for geologic data collection, (3) train students in structure from motion software to construct digital elevation models, (4) develop student skills in open source mapping (QGIS) and statistical packages (R-Studio) for visualizing and analyzing their data, and (5) establish mentoring relationships between PIs, students, and program participants to facilitate professional development for students seeking to further their education.

Geoscience Program Development, Mentoring, and Collaborations

Along with Luke Zoet we are partnering with the College of Menominee Nation to develop a two year Geoscience program that would allow students to transfer to four year colleges like UW-Madison to complete their bachelor’s degree. This program is part of an NSF funded project and includes cross college mentoring, curriculum development, and relationship building.

Supporting Graduate Student

Grace BulltailJudith Simcox, Luke Zoet and Shaun Marcott are part of a UW-Madison funded Equalities Grant aimed at supporting native graduate students working on projects on tribal lands and STEM related fields.