The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $364,874 grant to UL Lafayette’s Regional Application Center (RAC) led by Brent Yantis as the center’s director. The RAC provides the capability to receive satellite and remotely sensed imagery for earth resources application development. The RAC provides data to the public that is collaborated with agencies such as NASA and the U.S. Geologic Survey. The grant awarded to the RAC is designed to boost interest in the field of geosciences, especially those of geographic information systems technology. This grant will allow outreach to high school students through a bridge program that will be led by UL Lafayette’s faculty members as well as undergraduate and graduate students.
This bridge program’s purpose is to increase interest in STEM careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. “The workshop activities focus on issues impacting communities across Louisiana – and the entire Gulf Coast – related to coastline subsidence, marsh and coastline erosion and retreat, and flooding related to tropical storm surges, heavy rainfall events, and sea-level rise. Human impacts on these issues are addressed as well. Students learn investigation and communication skills to share knowledge with their communities about how to deal with these issues.