GEOSPACE, AN ACCESSIBLE GEOLOGICAL FIELD CAMP: THE STUDENT PERSPECTIVE
GeoSPACE offered a variety of built-in adjustments for students, which fell into four categories: financial, dietary, physical, and participation. Participation options were in-person or virtual, thereby including students who could not make it into the field. Online communication platforms allowed for a synchronous connection between in-person and virtual students. To ease the financial strain of attending a field camp, students were provided a stipend with food, travel, and lodging costs covered. Field sites with wheelchair access were selected to allow everyone the opportunity to partake in research. Rest days built into the schedule provided time to decompress and physically recuperate. Varied meal options were prepared for participants with restricted dietary needs.
Student survey responses indicate that these accommodations were highly beneficial both to individual participants and to the larger group. We hope that the long-standing exclusivity of field work will begin to change as accessible alternatives like GeoSPACE accomplish the goals of the traditional field camp without excluding disabled participants.
For more information on the GeoSPACE mission and our scientific results, search “GeoSPACE” in the conference abstracts.