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Meet the Students of “Proyecto Dinosaurios”

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Professional Development

Cal Paleo 2012 Conference.
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Field Expedition Photos

Excavation and exploration across the American West

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Travels during “Proyecto Dinosaurios”

Exploring Across North America

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Proyecto Dinosaurios

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.


Goals

The main goals of “Proyecto Dinosaurios” are to:

  • Expose minority (primarily Hispanic) American students to academic activities of graduate students, professional paleontologists, and supporting staff.
  • Help students recognize career and schooling options within the geosciences.
  • Encourage students to transfer to a 4-year college and continue onto graduate studies.
  • Create awareness and familiarity of the process of scientific endeavor — increase understanding about the nature of science.

Scope

The scope of “Proyecto Dinosaurios” can be summarized as:

  • Recruiting undergraduates for a year of data collection, scientific analysis, and public presentation of results.
  • Augment student experience with a series of workshops relating to fossil preparation, curation, illustration, and graduate studies.
  • Provide student with the hands-on experience in field paleontology by joining a summer expedition of the Dinosaur Institute.
  • Expose students to the diversity of geologic sites of the American West.

Significance

“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.


Fieldwork

“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.