Our highest priority goal is to create distinctive, targeted education programs at the K-12, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels in order to train and foster the next generation of deep subseafloor biosphere researchers. This is first and foremost to ensure the robust continued development of this new field, and to arm the field with the brightest and most creative young minds that can take what has been built over the past decade and greatly expand it in this decade via C-DEBI. We are creating broad based educational opportunities that allow the Center’s newly generated knowledge to thrive, and we are designing special programs to provide opportunities for all segments of our society. We are committed to making sure that future scientists are representative of the full diversity of our society. These students will become the next generation of deep subseafloor biosphere researchers who fully integrate the Center’s tools and technology into their science. Additionally, we must translate knowledge in and of our field to the broader public, in part through our core education program (which will flow to public policy, administration, and other education fields in addition to academic fields) — but also via programs that promote broader dissemination of information and increased awareness to the public about the tremendous fraction of life on Earth that appears to be buried below the seafloor in sediment and rocks.
Introducing deep subseafloor biosphere research into the K-16, community college and undergraduate classrooms through instructor workshops, classroom visits, educator grants and teaching resources
Fostering future scientists in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field research laboratories and marine science programs
Involving undergraduates in hands-on research as well as classroom education
Developing the science foundation of young researchers through professional development, fellowships and travel grants, and training courses
Integrating deep subseafloor biosphere discoveries with the public
Outreach Officers on Expedition 327 (Crawford/IODP)
GEM 2011 students building ROVs at Wrigley (Close/USC)