We are running a research study of bedrock geologic mapping this August, and
are looking for volunteers to participate, especially highly experienced
geologists. Please help us out by forwarding the email below to your geology
friends, colleagues, and students.


Thank you!




Dear Colleagues and Students:

Our research team, led by Dr. Heather Petcovic and Dr. Julie Libarkin, is
working on a project that investigates geological thinking ("geocognition")
among student and professional geologists through computer and field-based
tasks. We are currently inviting professional geoscientists, undergraduate
geoscience students, and graduate geoscience students to participate in a
3-day mapping project near Bozeman, Montana. Minimum qualifications to
participate include completed courses in introductory geology, rock and
mineral identification, and basic field geology. Students of all levels who
meet the minimum requirements are encouraged to apply. We encourage
experienced field geologists to apply to the project, but you do not need to
be an "expert" mapper to participate! 

Participation in the project would require travel to the field site, 1 day
of mapping in the Tobacco Root Mountains, a brief interview, and completing
3-4 hours (with breaks) of pencil-and-paper as well as computer-based tasks
that examine your spatial ability and memory of geologic diagrams. A
stipend, travel, lodging, and meals will be provided to participants with
funding from the National Science Foundation. Undergraduate students will
receive a $300 stipend, graduate students or professionals with less than 1
year of work experience will receive a $500 stipend, and professional
geoscientists with 1 year of more of work experience will receive a $700

For additional information about the project and an application form, please

We will accept applications until April 30, 2010, or until all available
positions are filled.

Thank you,

Heather Petcovic
Julie Libarkin
Heather L. Petcovic
Assistant Professor
Department of Geosciences and
The Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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