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: July 11, 2019

Powell Expedition—What did the Powell expedition members eat? Then and Now.

Food can be a common thread between peoples of history and today and it often plays an important role in morale, celebration, hardship and bringing people together. How did food influence the original Powell expedition, and how does it factor into modern long-haul rafting trips, such as the one USGS scientists and science support staff are currently engaged in?

Date published: June 21, 2019

Powell Expedition—Women in Science. Then and Now.

This year marks the sesquicentennial of the historic journey that John Wesley Powell and his nine-man crew undertook to explore the Green and Colorado rivers in their epic journey to explore the great rivers of the West. But were any women involved in these efforts? Were there women doing field science? And how are women contributing to USGS science today?

Date published: May 24, 2019

Exploring the Grand Canyon – 150 Years Later

Today, the USGS and partnering organizations are embarking on a trip down the Green and Colorado rivers to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Powell Expedition.