Citizen Science Summer Undergraduate Research Internship-- May 26 through July 10, 2020

Purpose: This program provides Summer 2020 internship opportunities to students in both Science and Social Science fields. Through a grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) Coastlines and People (CoPe),this summer internship program will be offered through the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences, Austin Community College (ACC). The study semester will run from May 26 through July 10, 2020.

The summer internships propose to launch a citizen science program to engage community college students in the collection and analysis of data from Hurricane Harvey and its impact on the Texas coastline; and will include exploratory work on the “tipping point” for the vulnerable coastal community of Port Aransas, Texas. Community college student participation in citizen science is a novel approach and will develop new expertise for institutions across the country.

The project goals are:
1. Inform future potential “citizen scientists” including both science and non science majors on natural disasters, the aftermath of natural disasters and evaluating living conditions of an impacted community using existing data.
2. Educate students in scientific methods and data collection.
3. Examine the concept of the “tipping point” as a focus for data collection, science integration, and application.


· Students must be entering their second year of higher education and be an enrolled ACC student pursuing a degree or certificate
· Students must have completed or plan to enroll in Spring 2020 in one of the following courses: GEOL 1301 Natural Hazards, GEOL 1445 Introduction to Oceanography or EPCT 1444 Environmental Analysis and Sampling (or an equivalent course).
· Students must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident of the United States.
· Students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.9.
· Students must submit two letters of recommendation from ACC faculty members and/or current employer.
· Students must sign a commitment to participate in the internship program for the entire designated 8 week period, and participate in two all-day field trips

*Terms of Internship:
• Total of 25 stipend-supported positions are available for Summer 2019. Stipend per student is $2000.
• The study semester will run from May 26 through July 10, 2020. Students are required to attend all the class meetings and field trips; and be present in Austin during this time. The class meetings will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 am – 3 pm. The two field trips coincide with these days and involve a 5 am to 10 pm commitment.
• Students will participate in research activities for 8 weeks (12 hours per week) conducted at the Highland Campus (HLC) at Austin Community College
• Selected students will receive a tuition waiver for GEOL 2389, Academic Cooperative, a three (3) credit hour course.

Questions? Contact Leslie Davis at
This is a non-ACC Foundation scholarship.

$2000 for 8-week session (May 26 through July 10, 2020) and tuition waiver for GEOL 2389 (3 credit hours)
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Anticipated total amount over the full term of this award.


Supplemental Questions
  1. Upload copies of your unofficial academic transcript(s) from each high school and college that you have attended. Official transcript will be required, if awarded.
  2. Upload a copy of your birth certificate/US passport or copy of permanent resident (green) card.
  3. Permission for release of academic records & student information and understanding of Citizens Science Summer Undergraduate Research Internship program requirements: I hereby certify that the information provided is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. Further, I understand that consideration for the Citizens Science Summer Undergraduate Research program may be denied if an information is found to be incomplete or inaccurate. I authorize Austin Community College to release the information contained within this application (including academic records and personal biographical information) to the Citizens Science Summer Undergraduate Research program committee, and to use my name in media releases and publications.
  4. Have you provided or will you provide two letters of recommendation form ACC faculty members and/or current employer? These letters must be sent directly to Prof. Leslie Davis,
  5. Applicant Commitment- Have completed or will enroll in Spring 2020 in one of the following courses: GEOL 1301, GEOL 1445, or EPCT 1444 (or an equivalent course).
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