Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences,
The University of British Columbia

Education & Outreach

Check out our video library for short (1-3 minute) documentary videos that showcase the incredible science and technology available at PCIGR.

The new PPMElogoCIGR laboratories directly border the Pacific Museum of Earth. The facility was specifically designed with education and outreach in mind. Floor-to-ceiling windows were incorporated into the design wherever possible to permit what we call “science that you can see”. We have also installed a large (47”) digital display facing the museum that showcases science facts, current research, recent publications, people, and upcoming events using a broad range of multimedia.

PCIGR also participates in the museum’s professional development weekend for teachers from across the province. In our geochemistry training workshops, participants learn about elements, compounds, the periodic table, qualitative and quantitative properties, Earth’s composition, and applications of geochemistry. Activities include examining samples of native elements and minerals, building an 8-foot wide periodic table, and spelling with the elements. Teachers brainstorm and share how they could use the workshop activities and resources in their own classrooms.

MAGNET_logo_smThe PCIGR serves as a critical training platform for many research groups in EOAS, other departments at UBC, across Canada and internationally.  The facility is one of the main training hubs for the Multidisciplinary Applied Geochemistry Network (MAGNET), an industrial-stream NSERC CREATE (Collaborative Research and Training Experience) program involving >25 current trainees at 5 universities across Canada.

STEMF-logo-green-no-backPCIGR recently partnered with STEM Fellowship, a federal non-profit organization, to launch an internship program for high school students. The pilot program (March 2016) was extremely successful, with the facility hosting six interns selected from a pool of >45 applicants.  Plans are underway to expand the program and target underrepresented students (low-income and/or indigenous youth).

Finally, two of PCIGR’s PhD students created a blog called GeoArchaeo that explores the intersections of geology, chemistry, and archaeology.