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MS PHD'S® GEO-REU


Click here for important information about 2015 MS PHD'S-GEO REU Activities


The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) is excited to announce the Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in GEO REU (MS PHD’S–GEO REU) Professional Development Program!

The MS PHD’S-GEO REU joins the MS PHD’S family as a two-phase program designed specifically for underrepresented minority (URM) undergraduates who have participated in a recent National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU) program in one of the following disciplines: Earth Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Polar Sciences, or Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences. Consideration will also be given to applicants who have completed REUs in other STEM fields (e.g. environmental engineering, ecology, computational mathematics, etc.) and who demonstrate strong interest in the geosciences and articulate potential benefits received as participants in this program.

Selected participants will attend the December 2015 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. Financial support to attend the AGU Fall Meeting including air travel, lodging, meeting registration and meals is provided to all students who are accepted to the MS PHD'S-GEO REU program and engage in all MS PHD'S-GEO REU activities.

Application Deadline: September 14, 2015

Program Eligibility Requirements
  • Participant of a recent NSF REU program in one of the following disciplines: Earth Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Polar Sciences, or Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences. Consideration will also be given to applicants who have completed REUs in other STEM fields (e.g. environmental engineering, ecology, computational mathematics, etc.) and who demonstrate strong interest in the geosciences and articulate potential benefits received as participants in this program.
  • U.S. citizen or Permanent U.S. resident
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Completed Application
Program Activities

Phase I: The MS PHD'S-GEO REU Phase I occurs at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Participants engage in virtual and on-site professional development, networking, community building and mentoring activities. These activities include:
  • Mentoring – by pairing students with mentors and facilitating mentor-mentee activities and dialogue
  • Professional Development – by conducting a series of carefully designed activities and workshops covering several topics including networking, career awareness and preparation, as well as oral and written communication
  • Science Exposure – by providing students with exposure to a national research conference and by networking students with established minority and non-minority researchers in the STEM fields
  • Access to Resources – by connecting students with opportunities such as paid internships, scholarships, and fellowships and the resources to help them create successful applications
  • A Supportive Community of Peers – by actively engaging students in community building activities and by providing platforms for ongoing virtual communication among program participants.
Phase II: Participants engage in additional virtual and face-to-face activities designed to provide insight and information into geosciences professions and opportunities, promote ongoing engagement with geoscience professionals, and facilitate additional mentoring, professional development and networking opportunities at discipline-specific conferences and meetings.

Phase II Virtual Activities: Participation in a series of professional development webinars hosted by IBP. Participants select a minimum of three webinars choosing from topics such as:
  • Paid Summer Research Experiences: Finding and Applying to Programs
  • Becoming a Graduate Student and Funding your Graduate Education
  • Building your Mentor Network
  • How to Succeed in and Make the Most out of Your Graduate School Experience
  • Geoscience Career Paths in Academia, Industry and Federal Government
  • Preparing, Applying for and Making the Most out of a Postdoc Position
Phase II Face-to-Face Activities: Participation in an MS PHD'S Organizational Partners meeting (American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Ecological Society of America, Ivy League Symposium, Geological Society of America, National Association of Black Geoscientists, National Association of Geoscience Teachers On The Cutting Edge, Sigma Xi the Scientific Research Society, Society for Freshwater Science.) Each participant will attend the meeting that most closely aligns with his or her specific academic and professional interests.

Award of Completion

After successfully completing all program activities each participant receives a Certificate of Completion and $250.00 scholarship.


For questions regarding the MS PHD’S–GEO REU, please contact pdp@msphds.org.


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