a group stands in front of a national parks building
Jane Dolliver/University of Washington
GEODUC participants visit Olympic National Park on a recent field trip.

GEODUC — which stands for Geoscience Education, Ocean­o­graphic Discovery and Undergraduate Collabor­a­tion — is a place-based, National Science Foundation-funded program spearheaded by faculty and staff in the College of the Environment. Created to broaden the depth and breadth of perspectives that inform scientific inquiry in marine science fields, GEODUC actively recruits UW transfer students who are interested in STEM fields of any kind.

GEODUC begins with a 10-day residency at Friday Harbor Labs each September, where transfer students experience the geosciences through hands-on exploration, fieldwork and research. Back in Seattle, GEODUC students meet for weekly seminars throughout the academic year beginning in autumn quarter, where they build community, learn important academic skills and prepare for successful careers. The seminars feature speakers from a variety of backgrounds who share how they found their way in the sciences, helping students to see that they, too, belong in the research community.

In this episode, students from the GEODUC program and professors José Guzmán and Mikelle Nuwer speak about how positive this program is for students in finding community and learning about science.

Additionally, the GEODUC teaching team recently was awarded the UW’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Teams, one of the University’s highest teaching recognitions. The team includes:

Jane Dolliver (she/her), Program Manager, College of the Environment

José Guzmán, (he/him), Associate Teaching Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and Marine Biology

Kerry Naish (she/her), Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and Marine Biology

Mikelle Nuwer (she/her), Associate Teaching Professor, School of Oceanography

LuAnne Thompson (she/her), Professor, School of Oceanography