Introducing the Geosciences to Alaska Natives via the Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI)

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Hanks, C. L., Wartes, D., Levine, R., Gonzalez, R., Fowell, S., & Owens, G. (2007). Introducing the Geosciences to Alaska Natives via the Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI). Journal of Geoscience Education, 55(6), 507-513. DOI: 10.5408/1089-9995-55.6.507
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The Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) is an intensive, six-week residential high school-to-college bridging program aimed at preparing talented rural Alaska youth for the social and academic challenges of college. Since its inception in 1983, RAHI has demonstrated that it is an effective means of encouraging Alaska Native students to attend college and finish a post-secondary degree. Since 2003, a four credit, college-level, field-intensive, introductory geoscience course has been part of the RAHI curriculum. While it is difficult to evaluate what effect this specific course is having on the long term goal of recruiting more minority geoscientists, short term indicators suggest that the course is very effective in increasing the visibility of geology as a desirable career option amongst college-bound Alaska Native youth.

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