Frequently Asked Questions

What is geosciences? Geosciences is the branch of science that  includes all fields of natural science related to the planet Earth. Geoscientists work in climate science, environmental consulting, mining, oceanography, petroleum, earthquakes, volcanoes, and planetary studies.

Am I eligible? See eligibility requirements. If you are not sure, feel free to ask or just apply anyway and explain your situation! We want to encourage as many students from diverse backgrounds to apply as possible!

Do I need to be a Geosciences major or a STEM major? No- students with any major or no major at all may apply to the program. Very few people start college with the intention of being a Geosciences major (hardly anyone knows it is an option!). We want to reach people who find the geosciences fields interesting and are willing to spend time to learn more about them regardless of major.

Do I need to be available for the entire GO FoRWARD dates (June 21-July 15 with meeting on Mondays-Thursdays 10 AM-4:30 PM)? Yes, for the summer program, participants need to be available for the entire program. If you are an incoming UWM student, we ask that you schedule your new student orientations for days that don’t conflict with GO FoWARD.  If you are interested in participating in GO FoRWARD, but these dates don’t work out for you, please contact us. We would welcome you to join in summer social events and ongoing events throughout the summer and academic year.

Are there jobs in Geosciences? YES! One of the important aspects of GO FoRWARD is to introduce you to real life geoscientists, many of whom are UWM alumni. More geosciences jobs than geoscientists exist.

Is there a cost to participate in GO FoRWARD? No! Participants will be paid a $2000 stipend for their participation in the summer program. All students will need their own: 1) housing in Milwaukee, 2) transportation to/from the UWM campus, 3) payment for parking on campus (if required), and 4) lunches. All other costs are covered or provided.

What do I do if I need housing during GO FoRWARD? UWM has several affordable summer housing options.

What safety precautions will you take related to covid-19? Everyone in the program will be required to follow UWM covid-19 precautions including wearing masks and maintaining prescribed distances from other individuals.  We are still working out the details about how to conduct the research projects and employer visits under UWM guidelines. Everyone over the age of 16 is eligible for covid-19 vaccinations in Wisconsin, and we strongly encourage all participants to get vaccinated.  UWM has a vaccination clinic that is open to the public.

Who do I talk to if I have questions? Please reach out to our email (goforward@uwm.edu) or the program director (dyanna@uwm.edu).