GEO2YC – FROM A NOVA START TO TODAY
Following the workshop, the Geo2YC Organizational Committee was formed to research the structure of existing sister organizations in STEM disciplines (Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering) and to develop the structure of an organization appropriate to the geosciences. This Committee of 13 2YC geoscience instructors across the country ‘met’ 13 times over 10 months, and was able to develop a mission statement, a proposal to the National Association of Geoscience Teachers to form the first Division of the Association, a set of bylaws, and an official logo. In addition, promotional activities were also developed, including the printing of stickers, articles in EOS and In The Trenches, and organizing a presence at National and Regional Geological Society of America meetings.
Since it’s official formation on 23 July 2011, Geo2YC has grown from 144 members to over 300 in 43 states in 2018. Since the formation of Geo2YC, the first Division of NAGT, geoscience education at 2YC’s has been involved in many aspects of the geoscience community. This includes (continued) significant representation in, and recognition by, the NSF, as well as the GSA, AGU, ASLO, and the unequalled success of the SAGE (Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education)2YC program. Geo2YC has grown into an effective and proactive organization for 2YC geoscience educators across the country, and is planning to continue this growth and to continue to educate, and to advocate to, the broad geoscience community about the role of 2YC’s in geoscience education.