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The Department had 86 undergraduate majors this past year; 22 graduated with degrees in one of our four degree options. Twenty-three students participated in research activities with faculty members, mostly through undergraduate research. We have an extremely high number of students who transfer into the Geosciences. Sixtyfour percent of the most recent graduating class was transfer students. Over the past year 14 students transferred into the Department and 11 transferred out. Of the 86 majors, 2 are minorities, and 32 are women. We had 1 minority student complete degree requirements in 2007. The ratio of degrees conferred per full-time equivalent instructional faculty member is 1.2. The Department awarded $19,600 in undergraduate academic and research scholarships and excellence awards. In addition, 5 undergraduate students were selected to receive partial or full tuition scholarships from our foundation accounts (totaling $13,000) for the upcoming fall semester. This was the third year of our communication intensive senior capstone course that integrates all facets of our undergraduate curriculum with written, oral, and visual expressions of learning and communication. Ten students participated in study abroad programs. Learning: Graduate Fifty-seven graduate students were enrolled full time in the Department this past year; 4 graduated with MS degrees and 9 graduated with PhD degrees. Of these 57 students, 22 are from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (in Science, women are considered underrepresented and of this total 19 were women). Of our 38 PhD students, approximately 50 % were supported on research grants for at least one semester. Onehundred percent of our PhD students were supported on either teaching or research fellowships. Foundation funds in the amount of $54,000 were used to provide tuition and stipends for at least one semester for four graduate students. Research funds in the amount of $12,750 were awarded to 15 students; $28,500 was given as summer stipend support to 9 students; $3000 was allotted for teaching and other awards to 8 students

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