On April 27, six undergraduate geoscientists presented posters at the 18th annual UNC Celebration of Undergraduate Research. The students – Karylle Abella (Mentor: Carol Arnosti and JP Balmonte, Marine Science), Ricardo Garcia (Mentor: Joel Hudley, Geology), Will Larsen (Mentor: Xiaoming Liu, Geology), Daniela Lopez (Mentor: Gabriela Valdivia, Geography), Samir Patel (Mentor: Karl Castillo, Marine Science), and Kathia Toledo (Mentor: Gabriela Valdivia, Geography) – were selected to complete research internships during the 2016-2017 academic year through the Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia (IDEA) program. Each of these students prepared a poster and talking points and practiced communicating the outcomes of their project to academic and non-academic audiences at the symposium. IDEA is funded by the National Science Foundation program called Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience. The UNC Institute for the Environment will be welcoming a new cohort of ten undergraduate students into the next version of IDEA at the end of May 2017.