Our group and lab have a track record of mentoring underrepresented minority and female students.
Our lab has directly mentored and/or hosted 6 interns in the RESESS (Research Experiences in Sold Earth Science for Students) summer program. All interns produced first-authored abstracts that they presented at national meetings. With one of the interns, Wes Weisberg, we published the second first-author publication by a RESESS student in the RESESS program’s 14-year history.
In addition, as part of Becky’s CAREER grant, we organized a 1.25 day short course on thermochronology at the African Earth Observatory Network in Port Elizabeth, South Africa that was attended by 19 diverse African graduate students and postdocs in August 2013. This grant also financed the visit of Maggie Manoko, a South African black female graduate student who comes from a severely disadvantaged background, to our lab for two months. During this visit, the Manoko generated a key dataset for her MSc thesis that was presented in multiple scientific venues.
We also promote greater representation of women in the Earth sciences through mentorship of numerous women in our group.