Seven Southern Illinois University Edwardsville scholars took a 3,500-mile trek across parts of the U.S. to chase storms and visit interesting natural features as part of an adventurous summer. They are part of the collaborative GEOPATHS program, funded by the National Science Foundation. The program engages undergraduates in geoscience-related research opportunities. The goal of the June trip was to give students the opportunity to put what they’ve learned about the atmosphere into practice to monitor weather conditions, make a weather forecast, and observe storms. Four SIUE teacher-scholars joined the students on the trip, including Sharon Locke, PhD, professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and director of the SIUE STEM Center, Shunfu Hu, PhD, professor in the Department of Geography, Adriana Martinez, PhD, associate professor in the Departments of Environmental Sciences and Geography, and Alan Black, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Geography.
The Geoscholars and program leaders will depart July 24 for another excursion to western national parks. They will visit the Badlands, Devil’s Tower National Monument and Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Arches, Bryce Canyon, and Great Sand Dunes National Parks.