Upward Bound students complete project with GeoVISTA Center

This summer, Dr. Alan MacEachren and Raechel Bianchetti, a PhD Candidate in the GeoVISTA Center, have served as faculty and graduate student mentors to Upward Bound Math and Science students. The Upward Bound Science and Math Program is a federally funded program designed to motivate promising high school students to pursue college degrees. Program students arrived on campus in June to start a six-week college experience program. As part of this summer program, students participated in a research experience with College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the College of Science.

Four students from Harrisburg, Reading, and Philadelphia worked together on a project called GIS and Bird Habitats. The students used bird presence and absence data in conjunction with environmental data, such as canopy cover, to determine potential habitat locations for five bird species. In the course of completing their project, the students learned about physical geographic concepts, GIS, and statistics. This week, the students present the results of their work to fellow Upward Bound Math and Science participants and staff.


Raechel Bianchetti and Alan MacEachren with Upward Bound students
Upward Bound Math and Science Students at GeoVISTA Center

Upward Bound students work on their GIS project
Upward Bound Math and Science Students at GeoVISTA Center

Raechel Bianchetti worked with visiting Upward Bound students
Upward Bound Math and Science Students at GeoVISTA Center

For more information, contact Krista Kahler at kck12@psu.edu

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