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Directorate for Geosciences
Education and Outreach Activities

In addition to the discipline-specific education and outreach activities supported by the Directorate for Geosciences, the Directorate participates in the multiagency Globe Program. Globe is a developing international effort that links scientists and schoolchildren through a global information network. It is designed to promote general science literacy related to environmental and global change issues.

Geosciences Education Program

The Geosciences Education Program supports education activities that integrate geoscience research and education, as well as lead to improvement in the quality of geoscience education. A program announcement is released annually and proposals at all education levels are encouraged. Abstracts of previous awards are available at

Digital Library for Earth System Education

The Directorate for Geosciences supports the development of a well-organized, high-quality digital library of educational materials for learner access to data describing the Earth system. These are the raw materials needed to implement discovery-based pedagogies that research indicates are most effective for learning the methods and content of science. The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) Program provides the structure and services needed to transform the plethora of exciting Earth materials and data available on the Web into a community resource with the potential to transform Earth system education.

Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG)

The OEDG Program is part of the Directorate for Geosciences’ effort to broaden the participation of groups traditionally underrepresented in the geosciences, including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. For further information about OEDG—implemented in fiscal year (FY) 2001—see the FY 2002 program announcement NSF 02-104. Future announcements will be issued biennially.

Other Programs and Activities

In addition to the programs and activities mentioned here, the GEO Directorate participates in the following NSF-wide education and outreach activities:

  • Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE)
  • Math and Science Partnership (MSP)
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER)
  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT)
  • Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • Program for Persons with Disabilities (PPD)
  • Research Experiences for Teachers (RET)
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  • Research in Undergraduate Institutions and Research Opportunity Awards (RUI/ROA)
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