Geology Major and Minors – Graduate School Seminar

Thinking about graduate school and don’t know where to start?  This seminar will provide you with the pertinent information regarding the application process for graduate schools.  Topics such as:  choosing an institution and advisor, Master’s v. PhD, letters of recommendation, personal statements, internships, and campus resources are some of the topics that will be covered.  The seminar will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014, 3:00 to 4:00 pm in Alden Hall, Room 207.  Coffee/tea and cookies will be provided.  For more information contact Prof. Misner (tmisner@allegheny.edu).

Geology Alumni Symposium 2014

 Alumni field trip, 2013

Join in for the Allegheny Geo Alumni Symposium 2014!
September 26-27 (Friday to Saturday).

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The first symposium in 2013 was a great success with over 40 alumni reconnecting professionally and socially. Thanks to the motivation and support of Roger Willis (’80)!

The presentations for the 2013 symposium included:

• Career paths in and out of the geosciences
• The role of algae in mass extinctions
• Groundwater remediation and contaminant transport
• Field course for BP hires
• Marcellus shale perspectives
• Reconstructing Great Lake levels
• Nano-technologies for agriculture
• Regulatory geology
• Hominid trackways in Tanzania

This year the symposium will have an expanded venue, including:

      ♦  Alumni and student presentations on Friday and Saturday
      ♦ Saturday field trip on glacial geomorphology
      ♦ Opportunities for student mentoring
      ♦  Dinner at one of Meadville’s brew pubs

Student posters and alumni social hour in Alden Hall, 2013

Student posters and alumni social hour in Alden Hall, 2013

Interested in attending, giving a presentation, mentoring a student?   Please visit www.allegheny.edu/geologyalumnisymposium by Wednesday Sept 10 to RSVP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geology Students Awarded Summer Research Grants

Lauren with Doug Barber '13 and Professor of Geology Bob Schwartz on their trip to Montana in Summer 2012. The three will return this summer along with Mary Statza '16.

Ion Simonides ’14 and Lauren Schricker ’14 have been awarded competitive grants in support of undergraduate research from the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America. They will be conducting field research during the summer, followed by petrographic microscope analyses in the fall as part of their senior thesis projects.

Lauren will travel to western Montana for three weeks to study ancient deposits from the headwaters of the Missouri River. She will also conduct lab work involving uranium-lead dating of river sands.

Lauren with Doug Barber '13 and Professor of Geology Bob Schwartz on their trip to Montana in Summer 2012. The three will return this summer along with Mary Statza '16.

Lauren with Doug Barber ’13 and Professor of Geology Bob Schwartz on their trip to Montana in Summer 2012. The three will return this summer along with Mary Statza ’16.

Ion will work in the Catskills of southeastern New York State studying sandstone formations at Kaaterskill Falls. The sandstone rocks represent an interval 20 to 30 million years between the Middle to Upper Devonian Periods. The source rocks that provided sediment to form the sandstone were part of the ancient Appalachian Mountains.

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Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Student Researchers Present on Capitol Hill

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photo 2Jocelyn Levis ’13 and Jamie Moran ’15 were two members of one of the 60 undergraduate research teams selected to meet with legislators on Capitol Hill and present their work at the 17th annual Posters on the Hill event sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). More than 800 student applications were received for the opportunity to connect with policymakers and help members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact.

Both students have been working for the last year on a mapping project of the bedrock surface of Northwestern PA with Associate Professor of Geology Rachel O’Brien. Results of the mapping project have important implications for the mapping and protection of freshwater aquifer systems in northwestern Pennsylvania. The project will also provide drillers with information on casing wells in order to prevent oil and gas from leaking into drinking water.

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Moran and Levis met with three representatives of PA and Crawford County and attended a reception with other congressmen to present a poster of their project.
“It’s been a great, rewarding experience working on this project and I would encourage all Allegheny students to participate in research with a professor,” Levis said.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research