Only a few more days left to apply for the STEM Education Outreach Specialist position.
This position was created in partnership with Arizona Serve and the deadline to apply is April 24th. Apply on the AmeriCorps website by clicking here.
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GEM, in partnership with Yavapai College, is happy to announce that the first semester of our Field Experience Program has successfully concluded!
The program exemplifies our mission that science is for everyone, working with these goals in mind:
The program began with a series of lectures in Dr. Beth Boyd’s Environmental Geology (GLG110) and Historical Geology (GLG102) courses. Lectures were given by local professors and STEM graduate students, who visited these classrooms bi-weekly to offer engaging scientific curriculum in a variety of areas including geography, seismology, mineralogy, and more—helping students explore the relationship of these disciplines and how they relate to their everyday lives.
Additionally, a field trip was taken to the Drake Cement Mine in Paulden, AZ on April 12. The active-learning field trip gave students an opportunity to spend extended time contemplating ideas encountered in the classroom during the semester, and learning about potential career opportunities in their fields of interest.
As of spring 2019, we’ve conducted preliminary surveys detailing participant demographics, which are as follows:
-49% are low-income students (under $10K/yr)
-86% have never participated in an internship or applied learning project
-29% are first generation students
-32% don’t feel confident or prepared to pursue their educational goals
-40% are female
-49% are 18-20
-22% are undecided in their major
-23% identify as non-Caucasian (Hispanic/Latino or Native American)
Our goal is to expand the program into two additional classrooms at Yavapai College, while offering two additional field trips during 2019. We are also currently working with Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy and Prescott College to offer the program to these schools by 2020. Overall, the total reach will impact up to 400 students from 2019-2020. Sign up for our newsletter for updates.
How Can I Help?
GEM is supported by grants and donations. If you'd like to make a monetary donation, click here. We also have a Wish List.
The field of Earth Science contains sub categories such as geophysics, meteorology, oceanography, paleontology, and many more. At such a precarious point in Earth's history, issues such as climate change, severe pollution and threats of insufficient natural resources make Earth Science one of the most important branches within STEM. Many students are attracted to Earth Science careers, yet the specifics of what can be done with a degree in an Earth Science or Geology related program of study remain a bit confusing. Here we'll outline the major branches of Earth Science, summarize the responsibilities of each role and share the average salary and degree requirements within each category.
Sub Categories Within the Realm of Earth Science
Earth Science (also referred to as GeoScience) draws from the fields of geology, oceanography, meteorology, and even astronomy, since forces outside of our planet have a direct impact on its existence. Ten of the most popular fields in this industry include:
Internships Provide Valuable Experience for Earth Science Majors
Due to the specialized nature of careers within the realm of Earth Science, internships that provide hands on experience are invaluable when it comes to narrowing down your career options and developing a competitive resume. Many Earth Scientists do complete an advanced degree before beginning their careers, but since graduate programs are much more specialized than undergraduate programs, it is critical to have a clear understanding of which branch of Earth Science you're most attracted to before you select a program. Internship experience looks amazing on your resume and on graduate school applications - and will increase your chances of obtaining a full scholarship (or even fellowship) for your graduate studies. The paid internships provided through G.E.M. Environmental are ideal for Earth Science students, as our work emphasizes the importance of this branch of science.
G.E.M. Environmental supports STEM students through the provision of scholarships, paid internships, and field experiences. We hope the tips presented in our blog help you attain the career of your dreams!
Please feel free to share suggestions for future blog entries in the comment section below. If you're a STEM student, consider applying for one of our upcoming scholarships. And don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date about our upcoming programs and opportunities!
GEM was invited to give a talk yesterday to a community of home schooled children, consisting of 26 families with 75 students who are currently studying rocks and minerals. Our Executive Director and Geologic Consultant, Eric Welsh, had the pleasure of talking about minerals, rocks, and why they are important to today's society.
His presentation also included a show and tell of some of GEM's most interesting minerals, fossils, and rocks collected while doing fieldwork.
This event is part of our Field Experience Program. Learn more about it here.
Thank you Kimberly Sapko for inviting GEM. We had a great time!
GEM is delighted to announce our latest Graduate Scholarship recipients. Congratulations to Alexis Riche and Sarah Robinson, both from Northern Arizona University.
Alexis plans to use her scholarship funds toward student loans, and Sarah plans to use her funds for travel/field experience. Way to go!
We are currently accepting applications for our Undergraduate Scholarships. More info can be found here.
Join us in welcoming GEM's newest sponsors! These generous sponsors helped us make our 2nd anniversary fundraising event a HUGE success. A great big THANK YOU from all of us at GEM!
Be sure to check out these amazing companies by clicking on the links below:
Watter's Garden Center
Falcon Trading Company
Jesse Robbins Jewelry
G.E.M. Environmental is pleased to announce that we raised $5,425 for our Field Experience Program, which gives students the unique opportunity to broaden their knowledge base by learning on-site job skills.
We are extremely appreciative to everyone who joined us in celebrating our 2nd anniversary, to those who made an online AZ Gives Day donation, and to our gracious sponsors who provided our raffle and auction items.
GEM is blown away by the tremendous support and generosity we received for this fundraiser and we look forward to continuing to establish ourselves in this amazing community.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Our generous sponsors:
Event and Raffle Sponsors: Heritage Park Zoo, Jason’s Deli, Nick’s Feed Your Face, Anytime Fitness, LH Wellness, Polland Studios, Ace Hardware, The Briggs Family, Dancing Skeleton Foods, Rhonda Hamilton Massage Therapy, Yuchi Environmental, Falcon Trading Company, Watters Garden Center, The Arizona Diamond Backs, and Fly-U shuttle, and Christmas Accounting PLLC.
Food & Beverage Sponsors: Findley Subaru for supplying the delicious food for our BBQ dinner, Patricia Autrey of Flex Realty, and Gabrielle McFaul at Rozie Pozie Cake Co. for creating a gorgeous amethyst cake for the event.
We look forward to celebrating again with you next year!
Thanks to all the early birds who've donated to GEM for Arizona Gives Day so far. Don't forget to time your donation to help us win special bonuses. The next POWER HOUR is 9AM. The non-profit that receives the most donations between 9-10 wins $1500!!!
Donate here: www.azgives.org/gemenvironmental
Want to learn more about us and the educational program we're raising money for? Eric Welsh, our Executive Director, will be appearing on Verde Valley TV (Cable One channel 56 and Suddenlink channel 2) and on the radio on KYBC 96.3 TODAY to talk about GEM and our programs. The show will run multiple times. Just check the schedule of your provider for times. The show, County Wide, can be seen anytime on www.verdevalleytv.com.
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Happy Arizona Gives Day! Today G.E.M.Environmental will be participating to raise funds for our educational science Field Experience Program. This unique program benefits low-income, continuing education, first generation, and female science students by providing valuable on-site job training through interactive field trips and hands-on laboratory work.
We’d be honored if you would donate to the cause. Don't forget about incentive prizes! Arizona Gives Day participants have the opportunity to win $170,000 in prizes! There are tons of opportunities for nonprofits like us to win. Check out some of the performance prizes to make sure you time your donation accordingly:
FINAL FOUR HOURS: Donate between 8PM and 12AM and we will have a chance to win a $2,000 bonus.
POWER HOURS: The non-profit with the most unique donations of a minimum dollar amount per hour will get the following bonuses: 7AM =$1000; 8AM=$2500; 9AM=$1500; 10AM=$2500; 2PM=$5,000, 3PM=$1500; 4PM=$2500; 5PM=$1500.
ALLIANCE MEMBERS: The most dollars raised and the most unique donors for Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits’ Members within the 24 hour period win up to $2000!
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