|March 9, 2005
Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or
Teachers in grades K-12 and high school students have a chance to work with California State University, Bakersfield faculty and students on a geological research project while earning money this summer. The project is set to investigate the climate history of this region.
“Earth science education is really important to our community,” said geology professor Dirk Baron. “It provides employment opportunities locally and it’s an important thing to study because we’re all at the mercy of geology.”
This is the second year of the program funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Geology professors Baron and Rob Negrini, together with Manuel Palacios-Fest of Terra Nostra Earth Science in Arizona, prepared the grant. The funding provides for significant improvements to geoscience education in local middle schools, high schools, and at CSUB. The grant also provides scholarships worth about $4,000 per year for new geology students at CSUB.
Baron said teachers and students will work with CSUB faculty collecting cores from Buena Vista Lake and analyzing them in the geology department’s modern laboratory facilities.~
The program runs from July 18 to Aug. 11. Teachers will receive a $3,000 stipend and students $500 for their participation.
Six K-12 teachers and 10 students will be selected to participate.
Application deadline for teachers is March 15. The deadline for students is March 31.
For more information about the program, please contact Baron at (661) 664-3044.
Additional information and applications can be found on the Web at www.cs.csubak.edu/Geology/.