Structure of the GeoCaFES Program

This program can accommodate both virtual and in-person participation. Students who wish to participate in-person will spend 10 weeks in East Lansing, Michigan while those participating virtually can remain in their current location but will have the option of traveling to Michigan for one week at the end of the program for a synthesis project. Students should expect to commit to working a minimum of 10 hours per week on their project with their mentors and are responsible for communicating with their mentors on establishing a mutually agreed upon working schedule. In addition to their project, students are expected to commit to 10 hours per week of workshops and seminars which include the topics of professional development, sense of belonging, mentoring, graduate school preparation, career panels, workshops with Geolatinas, research talks, and more. Students should also expect to prepare a poster presentation on their research at the end of the program for MSU's Mid-SURE symposium, where they will be joining students from other similar summer research programs at MSU.

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Objectives of the GeoCaFES Program

  • Our main objective is to develop sustainable pathways to increase and retain diversity in Earth and Environmental Sciences graduate schools and careers.

  • To increase diversity we rely on our strong network of collaborators to recruit, engage and train our students in our summer “bridge” program.

  • In parallel, mentors and research advisors will be trained in mentoring best practices prior to the initiation of the program. 

  • To retain diversity, the program team, mentors and collaborators, advise, mentor, and continuously check-in with students and faculty participating in our summer “bridge” program.  

  • During and following the program, a distributed network of resources and mentors will facilitate the continued engagement of faculty and students in the program.