Earth and Environmental Science program at Western Oregon University showcases success at prestigious conference

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MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University’s Earth and Environmental Science (EES) Alumni Society presented at the recent Geological Society of America conference, highlighting the program’s commitment to preparing students for successful careers in geoscience.

Professors of EES Steve Taylor Ph.D. and  Jeffrey Templeton Ph.D., were the main presenters on behalf of Western. The presentation also included society members sharing their experiences and career pathways as graduates and current professionals in the field.

“I’m so proud to have showcased the achievements of our Earth and Environmental Science program at this conference,” shared Taylor. “This event provided a platform for us to share our innovative approaches to mentoring and career development, and to inspire other institutions to invest in the success of their geoscience students.”

The EES program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive undergraduate education that emphasizes scientific methods, problem-solving, and interdisciplinary science. By embedding workforce skill competencies throughout the curriculum, the program ensures that graduates can apply their knowledge to solve geoscience problems throughout their careers.

This program continues to foster professional connections and career opportunities for undergraduate students, empowering them to continuously impact the field of Earth and Environmental Science.

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About Western Oregon UniversityWestern Oregon University, established in Monmouth in 1856, proudly stands as Oregon’s oldest public university. Hosting around 4,000 students, Western embodies a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution, with approximately 80% of its students hailing from within the state. Notably, its diverse student body comprises individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, veterans, and non-traditional learners. Western stands as the preferred campus in Oregon for those pursuing an enriching education within a nurturing, student-focused environment, characterized by faculty-led instruction. Together we succeed.

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