SIUE GEOPATHS Program Advances with Creative Research Opportunities

SIUE GEOPATHS Program Advances with Creative Research Opportunities

GEOPATHS, an NSF funded program lead by Principle Investigator Sharon Locke, PhD, director of the SIUE STEM Center and professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, along with Co-PIs Alan Black, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Geography, Shunfu Hu, PhD, professor in the Department of Geography, and Adriana Martinez, PhD, associate professor in the Departments of Environmental Sciences and Geography, is looking for the next group of undergraduates interested in making a positive difference in the environment through careers in such areas as agriculture, geography, geology, environmental sciences, watershed science, natural hazards and hydrology. These students or Geoscholars will learn how humans affect their environment through practical research methods in the field. Through the GEOPATHS program the professors hope to stimulate diversity in the geosciences.

“The geosciences are one of the least diverse STEM fields,” Locke notes. “The percentage of professionals who are women, racial and ethnic minorities, and/or have a disability is low compared to the general population. We hope that SIUE’s GEOPATHS program will increase interest in geosciences among students who may never have thought of themselves as a geoscientist.”

Read more about the program and how to apply here.

Photos: Top – (L-R) SIUE geoscholars Jesus Sanchez and Logan Pelo use a drone to photograph land cover at the Watershed Nature Center. Looking on is GEOPATHS co-PI Adriana Martinez, PhD, associate professor in the Departments of Environmental Sciences and Geography.

Bottom – (L-R) While at the Watershed Nature Center in Edwardsville, geoscholars Anu Khadka, Alice Yerby, Logan Pelo and Jesus Sanchez use GPS to record the locations of reference points that the drone uses.