GeoFORCE Learning Community

The GeoFORCE Learning Community (GeoLC) is designed to enhance the  participation and academic success of geoscience students from underrepresented groups when they attend college at UAF. Our goal is to engage student form racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the geosciences (Black or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, or Pacific Islanders), graduates of rural high schools, and first-generation college students.

Freshman Geoscience majors are invited to apply for financial and academic support available to members of the GeoLC. Students who are accepted into the Learning Community will receive a $1,000 scholarship per semester for the next three years of their academic studies ($6,000 total between 2020 and 2023). Students will also receive supplementary geoscience instruction, homework help, and tutoring during weekly study halls.

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Eric Orphys will be the GeoLC Teaching Assistant (TA) this fall. Eric has been with the GeoFORCE team for the past 3 years as a counselor during our Summer Academies. Eric has a background in geology and recently started the Master’s of Education program at UAF. His passion for geoscience and his commitment to education and mentorship make him the idea fit for this roll. You can reach Eric directly at ejorphys@alaska.edu

Apply

To apply, simply fill out the short online application  https://forms.gle/RZQ4VoS11qECsvhb6

Applications will be reviewed by staff of the GeoFORCE Alaska Program. Students will be selected on the basis of academic interests, motivation, and programmatic fit. GeoLC activities will take place weekly throughout the academic year

Eligibility

Current and prospective Geoscience majors from all racial, ethnic, academic, and socioeconomic backgrounds are welcome to apply. To be eligible to join the GeoLC, students must:

  1. Be enrolled in Geos 101 during the fall 2020 semester
  2. Declare or plan to declare a major in Geoscience
  3. Maintain a GPA of 2.5 once enrolled in GeoLC

Additional Information

For additional information about the GeoLC, please contact Dr. Sarah Fowell, Director of the GeoFORCE Alaska Program and faculty in the UAF Dept. of Geosciences: sjfowell@alaska.edu

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