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Undergraduate Seniors Receive NAGT/USGS Internships

Leslie Logan and Evan Martin in the fieldApril 14, 2015 — Undergraduate seniors Leslie Logan and Evan Martin each recently received positions in the National Associate of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)/U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Cooperative Summer Field Training Program. Leslie and Evan were nominated by Senior Lecturer and UW Field Camp Director, Erin Campbell-Stone, who nominated them based on their strong performance in the summer field course for 2014.

The NAGT/USGS Training Program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences. Over the past fifty years, over 2,300 students have participated in this program, with many participants proceeding on to distinguished careers with the USGS, academia, or industry.

The program year begins in September with the field camp directors (now numbering over 120 nationally) being provided information about the program. Each director has the opportunity to nominate up to three students, based on their camp enrollment. Notated students apply by sending a resumé, letter of interest, and transcripts to the USGS. At the same time, USGS scientists interested in working with an intern submit a proposal about their field and laboratory projects. A science review and placement panel then matches candidates by their course work, skills and interests with up to five projects. The listing of candidates and accompanying academic information are sent to USGS scientists for their review. This is followed by candidate interviews and ranking for preferred selection. While the interviews provide useful opportunities for candidates and scientists for determining goodness of fit, the USGS scientist makes the final intern selection.

Photos: (Top) Evan Martin and field partner Brandy Talbot sitting on a ridge of Tensleep Sandstone, while working on geologic maps at Seminoe Reservoir during UW Field Camp 2014. (Bottom) Leslie Logan during her undergraduate research project rests between sampling efforts on Seminoe Reservoir, Wyo. in July 2013.


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