Youth and Education in Science


Engaging the next generation of scientists is an integral component of USGS science. The Youth and Education in Science (YES) office coordinates a variety of programs that target the spectrum of learners from early childhood through post-doctoral fellowships. Use the left navigation bar to find programs by the audience, or follow the links below to highlighted areas.

Internships for Graduate Students

Internships for Graduate Students

With funding from the National Science Foundation, more than 70 graduate students have spent part of their graduate education at USGS working with scientists on projects complimentary to their academic work.

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Educational Resources

Educational Resources

Tap into over 130 years of USGS research in the natural sciences in the form of lesson plans and activities, maps, podcasts, online lectures, videos and animations, and much more. 

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Date published: December 6, 2018

STEP-UP Program Wins Award

The USGS was awarded the 2018 Workforce Development Partner of the Year by the Foundation for Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools (FCPS) at a luncheon attended by over 250 elected officials and local leaders, including Director Jim Reilly.  The USGS is the first federal entity to receive this award. 

Date published: September 30, 2015

Citizen Science: For Citizens, Science, and the Planet

Citizen science — scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, usually in collaboration with scientific institutions — is a grassroots approach to natural science. It educates and engages the public by encouraging ordinary citizens to use their interests and their talents in tackling a wide range of real-world problems.