In January 2015, the Deep Carbon Observatory began collaborating with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) to increase the participation and retention of United States citizens and permanent residents who are geoscientists from underrepresented groups (African American, Hispanic, Latino/Latina, Native American, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian, Filipino and Pacific Islander) in DCO. This collaboration focuses on bolstering and advocating a broad awareness of DCO activities for early- to mid-career underrepresented geoscientists, including graduating doctoral candidates, post-doctoral fellows, assistant professors and their counterparts in the private sector.
Over the course of 2015, AGI’s Workforce Development Specialist Heather Houlton worked with several members of the DCO scientific community to promote a broad awareness of opportunities for underrepresented geoscientists to attend the DCO Modeling and Visualization Workshop (Smithsonian Institution, USA), the DCO Thematic Institute (University of California, Berkeley, USA), and the second DCO Early Career Scientist Workshop (University of the Azores, Portugal). Houlton was able to successfully recruit one new member to the DCO Science Network through the Early Career Scientist Workshop via AGI’s diversity networks.
Now entering year two of working with DCO, AGI is issuing two calls for US underrepresented geoscientists to apply for funding to become more deeply engaged in the DCO Science Network.
Second DCO Summer School
The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) will hold its second Summer School in Yellowstone National Park from 23 - 28 July 2016. This Summer School will build on the success of the first DCO Summer School, held in Yellowstone National Park in 2014, and will introduce approximately 35 students and early career researchers to the interdisciplinary concepts which are the cornerstone of DCO’s approach to understanding Earth. More information about the Summer School is available here. US applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups should apply using this online form by 1 March 2016 to be eligible for full funding through AGI.
DCO Diversity Grants
AGI is offering geoscience researchers support for attending national and international conferences to present DCO-related research, travel funds for attending DCO-related workshops, conferences and events, funds for lab or fieldwork that advances DCO-aligned research, or instrumentation time at DCO-affiliated facilities. Awards are flexible in nature, and a diverse range of proposals is welcome. Applicants must join DCO's Science Network here to be eligible. These awards are intended for geoscientists not already engaged in the DCO Science Network to foster collaborations with existing DCO researchers. More information about the grants is available here. Application deadline: 6 June 2016.
If you are interested in applying for either of these opportunities but have further questions, please contact Heather Houlton (firstname.lastname@example.org).