I am a strong proponent of outreach and service activities in the Earth Sciences through mentorship, science communication to the public, and department leadership.
USC has several great outreach programs if you are interested in getting involved (whether you are a faculty, graduate student or undergraduate). Useful links to the Joint Educational Project (JEP) and the Viterbi K-12 Outreach program.We’ve compiled a list of outreach opportunities available to USC Earth Science graduate students here.
I also believe strongly in creating an inclusive workplace in my lab and STEM more generally. See Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for more information about this.
K-12 CLASS VISITS
K-12 outreach is an invaluable resource to public school students and teachers, as well as graduate students. Often Earth Science is lacking completely or only taught in elementary school. You can make a tremendous impact by designing a K-12 friendly lesson plan based on your research expertise. Such plans can be disseminated widely and published in peer-reviewed journals. Check out JEP and other USC programs to help facilitate your K-12 outreach.