PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: Feb. 20, 2004
Geosciences Institute links campus with high school teachers in area
DEARBORN---More than 20 local high school teachers and students will
get the chance to work on research projects with faculty at the University
of Michigan-Dearborn this summer as part of the Department
of Natural Science's inaugural Geosciences
Institute for Education and Research to be held July 12-30 at the
campus's Environmental Interpretive
"The program is a consortium of faculty, undergraduate and graduate
students, and local geologists who are working together to extend and
diversify a community of individuals participating in geoscience research,"
according to Kent Murray, associate professor of geology and environmental
science at UM-Dearborn and coordinator of the institute. "We want
to improve teacher knowledge of geology and stimulate student interest
in the sciences while providing opportunities to participate in ongoing
research projects sponsored by the National
Science Foundation, the Environmental
Protection Agency and the Department
of Housing and Urban Development."
Teachers and students participating in the Institute will help with one of four research projects:
In addition, participants will learn about the geology and hydrology of the Rouge River watershed, environmental problems pertinent to southeast Michigan and how the geosciences can be used to solve community-based environmental concerns.
The program also will include field trips and lectures by geologists.
Teachers will have opportunities to develop modules that can be used in
middle- and high-school classrooms. Students will learn about career opportunities
in the geosciences at the local, national and international level.
For more information about the program, or to apply for a spot in the
summer institute, visit http://www.umd.umich.edu/casl/natsci/geoinstitute/
or contact Murray at (313) 436-9129.