COMMITMENT TO OUTREACH
"Not only is it important to ask questions and find the answers, as a scientist I felt obligated to
communicate with the world what we were learning”
~ Stephen Hawking
At OCEEMlab, we acknowledge and embrace the notion that the era of practicing science in the shadows is over. We welcome this global shift in practice! Therefore, we are committed to sharing our research with the general public by engaging communities through outreach activities. We strive to expose the young generation to Ocean and Earth science, hoping to ignite their curiosity and scientific interest. See below some of our outreach activities.
GeoFORCE - The flagship youth education outreach program of The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences. The GeoFORCE outreach program aims to increase the participation of students pursuing STEM degrees and careers in geoscience. GeoFORCE introduces underserved and low-income students in STEM to field learning experiences performed at geologically significant sites across the country.
In 2023, OCEEMlab partnered with GeoFORCE to host a week-long geophysical fieldwork BootCamp for the GeoFORCE summer outreach program. In addition to the field portion of the BootCamp, OCEEMlab introduced the data processing and interpretation fundamentals. Students who participated were then asked to create a poster presentation of their geophysical explorations encountered during the course.
One of the teams that participated in OCEEMlab fieldwork in the summer of 2023 has won UT's GeForce best poster competition. The winning team was awarded a trip to San Francisco and presented their work at the AGU Fall Meeting. Well done! Future geophysicists.
OCEEMlab-GeoFORCE at AGU Fall Meeting
ATX Science Olympiad - OCEEMlab supports the ATX Science Olympiad, which UT's undergraduates lead. The Science Olympiad is a nonprofit organization dedicated to science outreach in Texas. UT's undergraduates organize annually two Science Olympiad tournaments and outreach events hosted by the University of Texas at Austin.