At the end of the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, USA, experts in the field of Geoscience and Higher Education will be hosting a workshop focusing on Mentoring and Diversity in Earth System Science. This NSF-funded workshop will explore effective mentoring strategies for mentors as well as identify ways mentees can successfully engage in mentoring relationships. This two-day workshop will run from 3:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 25 October and from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Thursday, 26 October, and is open to any Earth science students from underrepresented populations, and faculty interested in learning more about being an effective mentor. If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact: Dr. Chris Atchison at


Related to this workshop, researchers at Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, and University of Cincinnati, are interested in learning more about your relationships with faculty, peers, and others as you entered and moved through your discipline. Please consider completing this survey investigating the relationship between mentoring and diversity in STEM. This work will help build better mechanisms for attracting and retaining individuals from diverse groups, and anyone who considers themselves a member of STEM is invited to participate. For further information about this study or workshop, please contact Dr. Julie Libarkin or MSU’s IRB.

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