Professors Nick Deardorff, Yvonne Branan, and Jon Lewis, from the Geoscience Department at IUP, organized a
NSF-funded workshop for 25 participants from five PASSHE universities (IUP, CalU,
West Chester, Kutztown, and Edinboro). The goal of the workshop was to work on plans for an inter-university geology summer field course. The workshop took place January 3–4 and included geology faculty,
administrators, staff, and students.
The overall goal of the
workshop was to design an inter-university summer field course that
would be open to all geoscience and earth science PASSHE students and be
taught by a mix of faculty from multiple PASSHE universities. This
summer field course will increase the skill set of our majors and better
prepare them for post-graduate careers, particularly for graduate
schools and to become licensed as professional geologists.
The workshop participants
are now working on composing a proposal for the National Science
Foundation to fund the summer course for the first three years. We hope
to run the first inter-university field course during summer 2021.