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2001 AGI Geoscience Associate's Conference


Evaluating the Value of Field Experiences in Geoscience Training and Education

The mission of the Associates program of the American Geological Institute serves the wider geoscience community by fostering improved communication between academia, private industry, and government. The goals of the program are to increase the effective public presence of the geosciences, help ensure a sufficient stream of well-trained geoscientists are available to support societal needs, and provide a forum for the dissemination of ideas between the various geoscience sectors. A key event of the Associates Program is the AGI Geoscience Associates Conference. This meeting brings together leaders from industry, academia, and government for focused presentations, reviews, and discussions concerning the major issues facing the geoscience community.

The hosts of this year's Conference are the Geological Society of America and the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the theme is Evaluating the Value of Field Experiences in Geoscience Training and Education. The Conference will consist of three parts:

  1. Sessions for presentation by distinguished leaders in the geosciences concerning case studies and issues of how each sector views the value of field experience and the future needs for field experience in geoscience training and education;
  2. A field trip to the Edgar Experimental Mine in Idaho Springs, Colorado, providing an opportunity to consider, in the field, the applicability of field experience in geoscience training;
  3. Working groups and plenary session to discuss in detail specific issues and to endorse a proposed formal resolution of the profession regarding the future of field experience in geoscience training.

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