The Paleontological Society

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PS Outreach and Education Grants for 2015

The Paleontological Society works to increase the public's awareness and understanding of paleontology by enhancing formal and informal educational opportunities. The Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant provides support to our members for programs and activities involving educational outreach and community engagement. Deadline March 27, 2015

Read the full call for proposal here...

PS Outreach and Education Grant Awardees for 2014

To further its mission of promoting the science of paleontology, the Paleontological Society has committed resources to provide support to our members for community engagement and educational outreach. These activities are critical to capturing the imaginations of children and encouraging support for our field among the public.

The Paleontological Society is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of PS Outreach and Education Grants:

David Fastovsky and David Upegui
(University of Rhode Island and Central Falls High School)
 “Phylogenetic Systematics: Getting Relationships Right in High School”
This project will develop and pilot a hands-on and specimen-based approach to teaching phylogenetic systematics in an underserved high school life science class.

Randall Irmis, Jessica Seppi, Natalie Toth, and Matt Whittaker
(Natural History Museum of Utah)
“ROCKS - Real Opportunities to Connect Kids with Scientists”
Randall and his team will connect with 4th graders in a rural Utah school by developing online videos on paleontology for the kids to view, followed by live-Skype sessions with museum scientists, and culminating in the class visiting the museum and meeting the scientists in person.

Benjamin Kotrc and Beaudry Kock
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Better World Coding)
“Earth in Sixty Seconds: An iOS-based game about geological time and the history of life on Earth”
Ben and Beaudry are developing an iPad game in which contestants must accurately place key events in life’s history onto a geologic time scale.

Ellen Thomas, Pincelli Hull, and Andrea Motto
(Yale University and Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History)
“Foraminifera and Changing Cenozoic Climate”
Yale undergraduates will work with New Haven public high school students to create an interactive science cart for the Peabody Museum that explores the use of microfossils like foraminifera to reconstruct ancient climates.

Christy Visaggi
(Georgia State University)
“Mapping Georgia Through Deep Time: Exploring Fossils and the History of Life using Place-Based Learning in K-12”
Christy will be delivering a one-week summer workshop for K-12 teachers in Atlanta, with a focus on an integrative place-based approach to learning about the paleontology of Georgia.

Jory Weintraub
(National Evolutionary Synthesis Center)
“SACNAS field trip to the Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits”
The annual SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) conference takes place in Los Angeles in October 2014.  Jory will be taking 25 undergraduate students attending SACNAS to the Page Museum for a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum and tar pits and discussion of careers in paleontology with museum staff.

Each awardee received $2,500 to carry out their educational outreach activities.

Please consider applying for the 2015 Outreach and Education Grant Program in the spring!

PS Education and Outreach Coordinator

Dr. Peg Yacobucci
Associate Professor of Geology
Bowling Green State University