Campus: CSU Bakersfield -- April 30, 2003
CSU Bakersfield Geology Department Receives $400,000
The California State University, Bakersfield geology department recently
received a three-year, $400,000 grant from the Natural Science Foundation
to study the climate history of the Southern San Joaquin Valley and
support geoscience education in Kern County.
CSUB geology professors Dirk Baron and Rob Negrini, together with Manuel
Palacios-Fest of Terra Nostra Earth Science in Arizona prepared the
grant, which will support research designed to understand the regional
climate history and flooding of the Kern River and its tributaries.
The grant also provides significant funding to improve geoscience education
in local middle and high schools and at CSUB.
According to Baron, receiving the grant is a significant accomplishment
for CSUB since most Natural Science Foundation grants are awarded to
large research universities. But more than that, he's excited about
it because the grant will benefit students, the university and the community.
"This grant is great for the university because it will allow us
to purchase new research equipment, support cutting-edge research by
faculty and students, and help us recruit talented local high school
students who may not otherwise attend CSUB," Baron said. "Students
will benefit by the scholarships associated with the grant and it will
also give them real research experience, which helps motivate them and
gives them an edge when applying to grad schools."
"As for the community," Baron added, "our agriculture-
and petroleum-based economy relies on geoscience expertise and provides
excellent employment opportunities for geologists. Unfortunately, there's
a real lack of K-12 teachers with training in the geosciences that could
get kids interested in geology and make them aware of the many career
opportunities in this field. This grant will significantly strengthen
geoscience education in local schools by training middle and high school
teachers. The community will also benefit from the research that will
Each year of the grant, three $4,000 scholarships will be available
to CSUB geology students. Grant funding will begin in September 2003.
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