The goal of the Forum is to increase the number of graduate students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, in the geosciences. The recent trend of decreasing numbers of U.S. students entering graduate programs in the geosciences, the increased difficulty for foreign students to obtain visas since the terrorist attacks of September, 2001, and the advancing median age of geoscientists and geoscience leadership makes it imperative that efforts be of made to build the numbers of future geoscientists and leaders in this field.
Careers in the geosciences, including weather, climate, hydrology, atmospheric chemistry, oceanography, volcanology, seismology, geology, geochemistry, and solar physics, deal with environmental processes and the Earth system that affect every person on this planet every day of the year. Geosciences affect society and public policies at the local, national, and international levels having to do with the health and safety of our citizens and our environment. For the good of the country, the numbers of students choosing careers in the geosciences cannot be allowed to decline. The GEO Forum is an important part of the effort to bolster numbers to an effective critical mass.
The Forum audience will be recruited from
the Consortium of Universities,
The GEO Forum will explore the opportunities
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