On To the Future program supports 12 UH students at national conference

Last week, twelve University of Hawaii students and recent graduates attended the Geological Society of America (GSA) national meeting in Phoenix, Arizona from Sept 22-25, 2019. Six represented the UH Hilo departments of Geology, Marine Science and Hawaiian studies; the other six were from UH Manoa’s Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP), Earth Sciences, and Global Environmental Sciences.  Many of the students presented their research as posters or talks.  One student, Earth Sciences doctoral candidate Trista McKenzie, even gave an invited talk.

Each student received full funding to attend the meeting, through a partnership between GSA’s On To the Future (OTF) program and an NSF Geopaths grant awarded to Barbara Bruno, specialist at HIGP. “Our overarching goal is to diversify the geoscience field.  Attending the GSA meeting is a great way to learn about the latest research, explore careers and graduate schools, and expand your scientific network.  We hope to continue to offer this program in future years and include community college students.”