SAVE THE DATE!!!
You're invited to G.E.M. Environmental's 2nd Anniversary Bash and Fundraiser at the Windsock Lounge.
INCREASE YOUR IMPACT! You can help GEM win up to $1,000 when you pre-schedule your donation as part of Arizona Gives Day. Simply click this link, select the dollar amount, and then click 'Scheduled for AZ Gives Day' under 'Donation Type'. The best part? Your pre-scheduled donation will still count towards doubling your raffle tickets at the anniversary celebration on the 31st. Just bring in your receipt.
CONTEST! A $50 Visa gift card will be given to the contest winner who raises the most money for GEM on their personal AZ Gives Day fundraiser account through April 2nd! Pre-scheduled donations through personal fundraiser accounts will still qualify for double the raffle tickets when the donation receipt is presented at our 2nd Anniversary Bash and Fundraiser at the Windsock Cocktail Lounge on March 31st. This prize is provided courtesy of Matthew Morales of Jason's Deli located at 1065 E Baseline Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85233.
We've partnered with College Success Arizona to offer new scholarship opportunities designed to help students—particularly first-generation students and students from low-income families—overcome barriers to college access and attainment, while also providing them with the support they need to succeed in college and the workforce.
The deadline for our College Success Arizona scholarship is March 22. This opportunity is available for High School Seniors and College Freshmen enrolled in accredited schools of Arizona.
Learn more about apply here.
New Volunteer Opportunities!
Volunteer opportunities alert! G.E.M. Environmental is looking for a variety of volunteers. Check out what we have to offer and find your match:
Hurry! There's only a few days left to apply for a G.E.M. Environmental Undergrad or Grad student scholarship. Apply online here.
We're excited to share another Scholarship Success Spotlight!
Our February spotlight is on Rebecca Beers, first quarter 2018 scholarship recipient from Mesa, Arizona. When not attending school at Northern Arizona University, she enjoys kayaking, birding, hiking, gardening, cooking, and planning her next adventure. Here's her story:
Why I Value STEM Education
STEM education is important to me because it is thrilling to solve problems and provide humanity with knowledge previously unknown.
My Current Work and Passion
My research is based on the Pinaleño Mountains in southeastern Arizona studying post-wildfire debris flows. Specifically, my research focuses on two major questions: what processes are filling debris-flow-scoured channels, and do recent debris flows represent a shift in landscape response?
What This Scholarship Means To Me and How I Used the Funds
I am a first generation student as well as a female scientist. This scholarship has helped me overcome some of the financial obstacles associated with my research, and achieve success in my research.
My scholarship funds were used for travel to and from my field site, as well as for radiocarbon dating charcoal samples. My project is field intensive, and having the funds to travel to my field site throughout the summer and fall was imperative. The remaining funds were used for radiocarbon dating of charcoal samples. These samples are aiding in answering one of my primary research questions.
In my work, I have learned that following post-fire debris flows, the material deposited by the debris flow continues to alter the channel long after the debris flow event. As seen in the above picture, coarse debris flow material episodically shifts downstream. Red signifies sediment accumulation, and blue signifies sediment removal when comparing pre-monsoon and post-monsoon surveys of the channel.
Prior to taking the post-monsoon surveys, my hypothesis was that the scoured hillslope toes adjacent to the channel (see above picture of the post fire debris flow at Mt. Graham) would begin to relax overtime and deposit sediment in the channel that would ultimately aid in returning the channel to an equilibrated "V" shape. However, after surveying the channel post-monsoon, it became apparent that although the hillslopes were relaxing and delivering sediment to the channel (as hypothesized), the sediment was being removed by monsoon-related flood events. It is likely that because the soils in the headwaters of the watershed have not fully recovered from the 2017 Frye Fire, infiltration capacity and vegetation interception have decreased, leading to an increase in runoff, creating a "flashy" stream response to precipitation. As the soils and vegetation recover from the fire, it is expected that the channel will have less "flashy" responses. This is where hillslope sediment contribution will likely become a dominant channel filling process.
A Few Other Highlights I'd Like to Share
I have learned several skills through my research including how to fly a UAV and process UAV channel surveys using photogrammetry software, and how to perform ground-penetrating-radar surveys. I am happy to have learned these skills, and I hope to continue using them in my future career.
Awesome work, Rebecca! G.E.M. Environmental is proud to help you and we wish you the very best in your career. Read more Scholarship Success Stories HERE.
Are you a STEM major? Consider applying for one of our scholarships! Visit our Scholarship page to learn more about eligibility and apply online.
In the latest episode of This AmeriCorps Life, Sarah Haber sits down with Eric Welsh and Giovanni Hernandez of G.E.M. Environmental (a community partner of Arizona Serve) to discuss our geological field work opportunities.