The Colorado School of Mines received a grant this month from the National Science Foundation for $211,787.
The grant is for two purposes: to study contamination of groundwater and to host a geology day for prospective students.
The campus day was held Feb. 2, during which time the school received 40 ninth-graders for a day of exposure to college life and activities based on geology. The activities were varied in scope and included using iPad apps to understand the seismic effects of earthquakes, studying groundwater contamination, and studying different rock types through a scavenger hunt at the Geology Museum.
The experience was eye-opening for these young individuals, and may have given them a wider scope of possibilities for their futures.
“For most of these students, this was their first time on a college campus," Kamina Singha, who serves as the school's associate director of the Hydrologic Science and Engineering program, said. "College isn't a path that some of these students think they are destined for, so we wanted to show them how they could contribute to solving some of the world's important problems moving forward."
She hopes these students will consider attending the school.