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Community colleges are key targets to mitigate the severe underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in the geosciences. “Proyecto Dinosaurios” is a National Science Foundation-funded project of the Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) program that aims at building a network of cooperation between community colleges in the greater Los Angeles, the Dinosaur Institute, and the University of Southern California, and to use the appeal of dinosaurs to engage underrepresented undergraduates in geoscience research.
The main goals of “Proyecto Dinosaurios” are to:
The scope of “Proyecto Dinosaurios” can be summarized as:
“Proyecto Dinosaurios” creates awareness about the professional possibilities within the geosciences and encourages students to pursue majors and graduate programs in paleontology or other disciplines within the earth sciences. Over all, “Proyecto Dinosaurios” provides a year of hands-on experience about most aspects of the paleontological endeavor.
“Proyecto Dinosaurios” also includes a component of fieldwork. This is designed to give participants the opportunity to experience and learn how paleontology is done in the field using appropriate tools and methodology. This includes understanding the local geology, prospecting, GPS data collection and safe recovery of fossils. An important objective is to have the participants work side by side with professional paleontologists and see how fieldwork is done. All the fossil sites will emphasize vertebrate localities from the Triassic through to the Pleistocene. An additional objective is to experience the joy of discovery. The instructors and assistants will coach the participants on what to look for and the best method for discovery, documentation and collection of fossils.