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Training and Workforce Development

CSDCO/LacCore supports our diverse communities of researchers in a variety of ways. We provide hands-on training to all Facility visitors, and low-cost access to cutting-edge instrumentation.

The Visiting Graduate Student Program (VGSP) offers competitive travel grants of $1000 for students, especially those without access to instrumentation at their home institutions, to visit the Facility and get the most out of their cores at the early stages of research.

Short Courses on a variety of topics are open to all researchers.

Project-based training through undergraduate research prepares college students for graduate school and other geoscience careers. CSDCO/LacCore has supported over 100 undergraduate researchers in programs such as the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Keck Consortium, and individual research projects. 

CSDCO seeks to integrate best practices from across the broad coring community and disseminate them in online protocols and in-person training. Building a shared infrastructure of instrumentation and a knowledge base that can be leveraged by the core-based community is a central activity. This development requires not only creativity, diligence, and testing at the Facility, but also frequent and far-ranging discussions with all members of the community—hundreds of researchers worldwide—who may have developed methods and practices independently.