LESSONS LEARNED FROM AN INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FROM THE UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENT PERSPECTIVE
Students felt that the most beneficial aspects of the program included the degree of autonomy that they were allowed in selecting and executing research projects and in learning how fieldwork is conducted internationally. They felt that their influence over research topics and approach granted them a valuable “seat at the table” and that they benefited from learning about the processes involved firsthand: from applying for funding to formulating and publishing research. They experienced the challenges of international field work and, thus, benefited from having a graduate student mentor to whom they could ask questions in a low stakes environment. The international setting also allowed them to compare diversity in the geosciences across disparate cultures. It is the recommendation of the students involved that the productive aspects of their program be incorporated into other projects aiming to broaden diversity in the geosciences.