GEOSCIENCE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
AT EL PASO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Joshua Villalobos
El Paso Community College
Geological Science Discipline
Institutional Background
El Paso Community College:
•Associates of Science in Geological Sciences
•70+ declared geology majors
•Articulated 2+2 degree plan with the University of Texas at El Paso
•Active geoscience research program
Engaging Students at EPCC Through Research
Research has proven instrumental in
providing students the ability to see
themselves as geoscientist.
•Type A:
“Black Box” research projects
El Paso Thin Section Project
•Goal: provide students the opportunity
to develop their confidence and skills.
•Useful for beginning students with few
geology course and no research experience
•Projects can be repeated or prolonged to
build student skills or confidence.
Groundwater Monitoring Project
Engaging Students at EPCC Through Research
Research has proven instrumental in
providing students the ability to see
themselves as geoscientist.
•Type B:
Collaborative research projects
Soil Electrical Conductivity Project
•Goal: provide an opportunity to meet
university faculty and gain knowledge of
the university setting
•Useful for students who have done prior 2YC
research, are further along in their degree
and want to test out new skills and
confidence.
GPR Archaeological Site Project
NSF Opportunity in Enhancing Diversity in
the Geosciences- Track 1SOLARIS research program provided nontraditional students:
 Stipend of $1000/semester
 $500 for supplies/rentals
 Travels for students to presentations
Various internships awarded to SOLARIS participants
El Paso GigaPan Project
Dendrochronology Project
AGU SOLARIS presenters 2012
Challenges for Community Colleges
Cost and equipment of research
•Collaborative with industry or institutions
Time commitment
•Develop small (completed in 1 semester), student
driven projects
•Research sustainability
• Promote successes to encourage fellow 2YC and
4YC faculty to participate
Results
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degrees
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40
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Year
A.S. Degrees awarded
Geology majors at EPCC
majors
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