Broadening Participation in the Geosciences

Geoscience is the least diverse of all science fields in the U.S.  SAGUARO was designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented students seeking geoscience degrees at The University of Arizona (UA).


The project:

  1. Focused outreach towards participants in the Arizona MESA Program and to local high school students,

  2. Attracted a diverse base of program participants from introductory geoscience courses,

  3. Established a support network of geoscience faculty, graduate student mentors (GSMs), and interns at the UA,/p>

  4. Recruited talented students from the pool of participants to conduct research, teaching, and outreach activities in southern Arizona, and

  5. Improved public perceptions of the geosciences and geoscience-related career fields.

Photo: SAGUARO students visit Arches National Park in spring 2010.  The trip was designed to teach students about the geological and ecological processes that are uniquely showcased in the western National Parks.


SAGUARO was funded by the National Science Foundation, Award #0914401, and by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, from 2009 to 2013.