SOURCE: The Society of Exploration Geophysicists

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists

October 05, 2015 15:18 ET

SEG Focuses on Education in the Geosciences

With a shortage of geoscientists looming, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists publishes a special section on education and prepares to engage with students at Annual Meeting

TULSA, OK--(Marketwired - October 05, 2015) - The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) this month is publishing a set of papers detailing the important role that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education plays in meeting the global demand for geoscientists. Also in October, SEG is set to provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity for high-school students to engage in the world of geoscience at its International Exposition and 85th Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Geoscientists play a significant role in addressing a number of global challenges, such as ensuring supplies of affordable energy and clean water and assisting in natural-disaster preparedness. With the American Geosciences Institute projecting an estimated shortage of 135,000 geoscientists by the end of the decade, SEG, its members, and others in the geoscience community are working to ensure that the global geoscience talent pool remains stocked with skilled employees.

The importance of that work is detailed in the October 2015 issue of SEG's journal, The Leading Edge, in a special section titled "Education in the geosciences" ( Highlights of the section include discussion of:

  • the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and how they help prepare students for careers in energy-related fields. The NGSS represent a new approach to teaching K-12 science education and have the potential of energizing the pipeline of future geoscientists.
  • a program (GeoFORCE Texas) for high-achieving but economically disadvantaged students from inner-city Houston and rural southwest Texas schools designed to increase the number and diversity of geosciences and engineering students.
  • informal educational efforts -- such as public science festivals, science and engineering fairs, career days, science nights, science clubs, summer camps, and school classroom presentations -- designed to inspire an interest in geoscience and STEM fields.

SEG will seek to inspire high-school students to pursue education in the geosciences or other STEM-related study areas in a special program during its International Exposition and 85th Annual Meeting, scheduled 18-23 October in New Orleans. On 21 October, high-school science teachers and their students are invited to attend the free Applied Sciences Education Program (ASEP) during the SEG Annual Meeting at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. In a presentation titled "Why Does Louisiana's Subsurface Matter?" Tulane University geology professor Torbjörn E. Törnqvist will discuss why understanding subsurface geology is essential for both resource extraction and coastal restoration in Louisiana.

The first 200 students and teachers to register for the program will be invited to participate in a special extended program, which includes a guided tour of the SEG exhibition. To register for the ASEP, contact the SEG Business Office via e-mail at or phone at +1-918-497-5574. For more information on the SEG International Exposition and 85th Annual Meeting, visit

About SEG

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the international society of applied geophysics, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the science of geophysics and the education of applied geophysicists. SEG exists to connect, inspire, and propel the people and science of geophysics. SEG fulfills its mission through its publications, conferences, forums, educational opportunities, and multiple Web site resources. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • For more information or to schedule interviews, contact:
    Steve Brown
    SEG Media Relations
    (918) 497-5503