Callan Bentley Sailing with STEMSEAS

Callan Bentley takes selfie on boat

PVCC is proud to announce the participation of Associate Professor of Geology Callan Bentley in the inaugural expedition for the STEMSEAS program designed expressly for community college faculty. 

The expedition, on board the R/V Thomas G. Thompson, operated by the University of Washington and owned by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), set sail from Seattle, Washington November 2, for Honolulu, Hawaii by November 11. The leadership team includes faculty from five colleges, ONR’s Research Facilities Program Manager Robert Sparrock and SpaceX astronaut Sian Proctor.

Since 2016, STEMSEAS has aimed to provide ship-based, six- to 10-day exploratory experiences for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds aboard National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research vessels. Students sail with experienced faculty and graduate student near-peer mentors, and engage in geoscience and oceanography activities to inspire them by cutting-edge science and expose them to the wide variety of scientific and career options available to them.

Selected in a highly competitive application process, the participants represent nine states and 13 different colleges. These participants bring a wide range of experiences, background and ideas to the group. During the expedition, they will engage in oceanography and geoscience activities, explore marine careers and brainstorm together about future expedition-related opportunities for their students.

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