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USGS Hosts University of South Florida Oceanography Camp for Girls



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On July 1 and 2, 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) hosted the University of South Florida College of Marine Science Oceanography Camp for Girls. The camp was developed in the 1990s to inspire and motivate young women entering high school to consider career opportunities in the sciences. The USGS has been participating in the program for 16 years (for example, see “University of South Florida's Oceanography Camp for Girls Makes a Splash Around Town”) and is their longest continuous community partner.

Oceanography Camp for Girls campers tour the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Above: Oceanography Camp for Girls campers tour the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center. [larger version]
Chris Reich and Kyle Kelso explain sediment and coral collection methods in the core lab
Above: Chris Reich and Kyle Kelso explain sediment and coral collection methods in the core lab. [larger version]

The 30 campers toured the SPCMSC, where they learned about laboratory procedures and analysis, watched demonstrations of a variety of scientific instruments and equipment, and toured marine research vessels. To give the campers the opportunity to interact and engage with scientists, they met with SPCMSC director Cheryl Hapke and conducted career interviews of USGS scientists Nathaniel Plant, Alisha Ellis, Rangley Mickey, Jacquelyn Overbeck, Kira Barrera, Jennifer Brown, Kathleen Wilson, Lisa Osterman, and Terrence McCloskey.





Thomas Tuten (Max) demonstrates sediment analysis methods in the sediment lab Results of a sediment transport and grain size study research project conducted by Oceanography Camp for Girls campers
Above: Thomas Tuten (Max) demonstrates sediment analysis methods in the sediment lab. [larger version] Above: Results of a sediment transport and grain size study research project conducted by Oceanography Camp for Girls campers. [larger version]
Poster presenting the results of a research project about circulation patterns in Tampa Bay conducted by Oceanography Camp for Girls campers Oceanography Camp for Girls campers meet with Cheryl Hapke, director of the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center.
Above: Poster presenting the results of a research project about circulation patterns in Tampa Bay conducted by Oceanography Camp for Girls campers. [larger version] Above: Oceanography Camp for Girls campers meet with Cheryl Hapke, director of the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center. [larger version]

SPCMSC staff members were invited to attend the camp graduation ceremony that highlighted the various research projects conducted by the young women. Several of the campers expressed inspiration and increased interest in science after their visit to the SPCMSC, as was shown by their choice of research topics, which included a sediment transport and grain size study, and a project focused on water circulation patterns in Tampa Bay. Additionally, Hapke and the SPCMSC were presented with an award honoring their commitment to encouraging the next generation of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in our community.


Related Sound Waves Stories
University of South Florida's Oceanography Camp for Girls Makes a Splash Around Town
July 2004

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USGS Hosts USF Oceanography Camp for Girls

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USGS Assists in Another Year of Woods Hole Partnership in Education

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