A Guide for Parents and Guardians

Students posing together on tripWhat is the program about?

The mission of UNO's Minority Awareness Program in Geoscience is to provide quality classroom and field experience to high school minority students (Native Americans, African Americans, Spanish Speaking Americans, or other underrepresented groups) in order to interest them in a career in the earth sciences or other sciences.

Who runs the program?

The program is conducted by the College of Science at the University of New Orleans. It originated in the Geology Department, now the Department of Earth and Environmental Science. It started in 1974 and is entering its 33rd year. The program director is Laura Serpa of the Department of Earth and Environmental sciences. This will be the 33rd annual trip.

When will the program take place and how long does it last?

Lecture and laboratory sessions will be conducted all day (from 9:00 until 4:00) on the UNO campus June 14 through 16. On June 17 we will fly to Las Vegas, Nevada or Salt Lake City, Utah and return to New Orleans on June 27.

How much will it cost?

Nothing, there is no cost for the program. The program is paid for by the generosity of our sponsors and our donors. Travel, food, lodging, and supplies are covered on the field portion of the trip. Each participant will be given $100 to cover personal expenses on the trip. Personal expenses beyond that are the responsibilities of the student.

What do I need to do to help my child apply?

You will need to sign a consent form that your student can print from the program website or obtain from their science teacher or school counselor.

Student smiling holding rock samplesWhat can I expect my child to get out of the program?

Each student will get the opportunity to discover the exciting and challenging questions posed by the earth on which we live. The students will apply the scientific method to several problems they will see in the course of their journey. We try to help each student develop a desire to learn more about earth science and the world around them. For students who do well and show promise scholarships are available for them to pursue the earth sciences at UNO.

Will there be adult supervision?

There will be 8 to 10 students selected for this trip. There will be 5-6 adults with these students. There is plenty of one on one interaction between students and teachers.

How safe is the program?

As with any outdoor activity just as with as sports or camping there is some risk when students travel or go into the field. The professors and teachers however do their best to minimize risks. We have much experience in the field and with taking students on these types of trips. Activities are planned with safety in mind and students are helped to recognize risks and to stay away from them.

What do I need to provide if my child is selected?

Make sure to provide medical history or concerns that your student may have, or if they require any regular medication. The Professors and teachers then can monitor your student and guide activities if needed. Provide your student with medical insurance information if your family is covered in case of emergency.

Who can I contact for more information?

Many schools and science teachers have sent students to this program since it was founded in 1974. Check with your child's school counselor or science teacher. They may be able to answer your questions or concerns. If they cannot, feel free to contact us.