ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) this month welcomes four geoscience university students to an innovative remote adaptation of the traditional AGI/AAPG Geoscience Policy Summer Internship and AGI/Paleontological Society Policy Internship.
- Lyndsey Farrar, who earned an MS in geology from Miami University in 2019, is creating guidelines for museums on accessioning and managing physical collections, especially orphaned and specialty collections as part of the AGI/Paleontological Society Policy Internship Program.
- Stephanie Plaza-Torres, who earned a BS in geology from University of Puerto Rico in 2019, is creating a parallel effort on the issues of digital data and metadata relative to paleontological collections and how these relate to their value to researchers and museums. Her work is part of the AGI/Paleontological Society Policy Internship Program.
- Anthony Guajardo, who is a master's student in geology with a focus on geophysics at Northern Illinois University, is leading efforts in policy factsheet development supported by the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association and the American Association of State Geologists. His work is being supported by the Critical Issues Program as part of the Center for Geoscience and Society.
- Emilie Sinkler, who expects to receive a PhD in geophysics, scientific geaching, and outreach from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2021, is leading the AGI's 2020 Geoscience for America's Critical Needs document to completion and will be working with key election campaigns to ensure geoscience is considered in their science platforms. Her internship is part of the AGI/AAPG Geoscience Policy Internship Program.