Increasing Diversity in Global Climate Change Research for Undergraduates

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Leon P Johnson1, Paul Marchese2, Barbara E Carlson3, Armando McNeil Howard1,3, Dorothy M Peteet3,4, Cynthia Rosenzweig3,4, Leonard M Druyan3,4, Matthew Fulakeza3,4, Stuart Gaffin3,4, Shermane A. Austin1, Tak D Cheung2, M. Chantale Damas2, Christohper Boxe1,5, Tanvir Prince6, Carolyn Ng7 and James Frost8, (1)Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY, United States, (2)QCC, Bayside, NY, United States, (3)NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY, United States, (4)Columbia University of New York, Palisades, NY, United States, (5)CUNY Graduate Center, Chemistry Division, Earth and Environmental Science Division,, Manhattan, NY, United States, (6)Hostos Community College, CUNY, Mathematics, Bronx, NY, United States, (7)NASA Goddard SFC, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (8)LaGuardia Community College, Physics, Long Island City, NY, United States
Global Climate Change and the ability to predict the effects of forcings and feedback mechanisms on global and local climate are critical to the survival of the inhabitants of planet Earth. It is therefore important to motivate students to continue their studies towards advanced degrees and pursue careers related to climate change. This is best accomplished by involving undergraduates in global climate change research. This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) initiative is based at the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), and is supported by NASA and NSF. Mentors for the primarily summer research experiences include CUNY faculty and GISS scientists. Research topics include the Wetland Carbon Project, The Cooling Power Of Urban Vegetation, Internal Ocean Mixing, El Niño Southern Oscillation, Pollution Transport and Tropospheric Ozone. Students are recruited from CUNY colleges and other colleges and universities. The program maintains an emphasis on under-represented minorities and females. Approximately sixty percent of the undergraduate students are under-represented minorities and forty percent are female. The project is supported by NSF award AGS-1359293 REU Site: CUNY/GISS Center for Global Climate Research.