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USGS EDMAP Program – Training the Next Generation of Geoscientists

EDMAP is an interactive and meaningful matching-funds grant program with universities for students to gain experience and knowledge in geologic mapping as well as contribute to the national effort to geologically map all of the United States. Listen to EDMAP participants: John T. Haynes of James Madison University; Randall C. Orndorff of the U.S. Geological Survey; and Alan F. Halfen Ph.D. Student at the University of Kansas; discuss the program’s history, future, and benefits.

This program trains the next generation of geologic mappers and is one of the three components of the congressionally-mandated U.S. Geological Survey National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP). Geology faculty, skilled in geologic mapping, request EDMAP funding to support upper-level undergraduate and graduate students at their institution in a one-year mentored geologic mapping project that focuses on a specific geographic area. Also, each EDMAP proposal must be closely coordinated with a State Geologist or a USGS geologic mapping project. Every federal dollar awarded is matched with university funds. EDMAP has supported 144 universities and over 850 students from geoscience departments across the Nation.

Our panelists include:

Randall C. Orndorff (download presentation slides)
Director, Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey
Associate Program Coordinator, National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, U.S. Geological Survey

Dr. John T. Haynes (download presentation slides)
Assistant Professor, Department of Geology & Environmental Science, James Madison University

Alan F. Halfen (download presentation slides)
Ph.D. Student, Department of Geography, University of Kansas

Following the panel presentations, you can listen to the open discussion period in which audience members from around the world to ask questions of the panelists.

This webinar is co-sponsored the U.S. Geological Survey.

Download the EDMAP program flyer and Geoscience Currents #39 for more information about the EDMAP program.

EDMAP applications are due online by November 10, 2010, to the USGS Office of Acquisitions and Grants through To find out more about the cooperative grant visit and click the “Find Grant Opportunities” button. Click on “Basic Search” and enter the following Funding Opportunity Number: 11HQPA0006.

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