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Education and Outreach

MONFILS , ANNA K [1], Ellwood, Elizabeth [2], Hogue, Gabriela [3], Nazaire, Mare [4], Phillips, Molly [3], Nelson, Gil [5].

Towards a Diverse 21st Century Workforce in Biodiversity Science: A Series of Workshops.

Across a broad range of scientific disciplines, diversity in research scientists has provided new perspectives and ideas leading to novel solutions and increased productivity. The National Science Foundation has funded a series of four workshops designed to recruit, retain, and sustain a larger, more inclusive, and diverse, undergraduate population of students interested in, and equipped to engage in, creative solutions for emerging biodiversity related questions (inclusive of botany, zoology, ecology, conservation, etc.). The workshop activities introduce students to organismal biology related fields through experiences in natural history museums, as a means to inspire and educate them in career opportunities and data rich resources in biodiversity science. Students attending the workshops are exposed to emerging careers and research opportunities by: (1) shadowing museum and herbarium professionals to get hands-on experience in collections science; (2) learning about research and career opportunities from a diverse cohort of graduate students and early career professionals pursuing careers in biodiversity science; and (3) getting practical advice and individualized mentoring to navigate their undergraduate experience and optimize their potential for graduate school and careers related to biological sciences, museum studies, and biodiversity collections. A pre- and post-workshop questionnaire is administered to assess workshop outcomes relates to student interests and engagement. We will present an overview and preliminary results from the initial workshop held at the Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles County, introduce the upcoming workshops and opportunities to be involved, and discuss lessons learned in the delivery of this and prior similar programs.

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1 - Central Michigan University, Biology, 2401 Biosciences, Mt. Pleasant, MI, 48859, USA
2 - La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90036, USA
3 - Unknown
4 - Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 771 East Alvarado St., Pomona, CA, 91711, United States
5 - IDigBio/Florida State University, 157 Leonards Dr., Thomasville, GA, 31792, United States

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Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 27, Contributed Papers: Education and Outreach II
Location: 104/Mayo Civic Center
Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2018
Time: 2:15 PM
Number: 27004
Abstract ID:971
Candidate for Awards:None

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