CIDESS (CENTER TO IMPROVE DIVERSITY IN EARTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE): A COOPERATIVE PROGRAM UNITING THE GEOSCIENCE COMMUNITY
CIDESS (Center to Improve Diversity in Earth Systems Science) is a program being developed to support student participation in the Earth nd Space sciences. Initiated by a challenge from the petroleum industry to academia, CIDESS is being established as a cooperative effort by nine academic institutions and a non-governmental organization.
CIDESS is taking a holistic approach to improving diversity, targeting students from underrepresented populations while they are in middle-school, and, by mentoring, age-appropriate research opportunities, networking, access to scientific professionals, etc. through high school, maintain their interest in our fields of study. We intend to bring our collective energies together, in a synergistic manner, to educate and develop a qualified population of professional Earth and Space scientists who will replace the aging population.
A website has been established for CIDESS: http://homepage.mac.com/frhall/cidess.html. All interested persons are invited to learn about this movement, assist us in attaining our goals, and actively participate and partner with us.