Research Opportunities for High School Students and Undergraduates

Electron Probe Microanalyzer Laboratory

This laboratory has equipment that is used for the chemical and spatial characterization of minerals and glasses in rocks. This equipment often serves as the primary analytical tool in many high-school, undergraduate and graduate research projects. For information about research opportunities and internships, please contact Phil Piccoli.

Geophysics Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

There is a variety of opportunities for undergraduate geology students to participate in research with members of the Geophysics Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. Interested students are encouraged to contact Saswata Hier-Majumder for further information.

Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory

There is a variety of opportunities for undergraduate geology students to participate in research with members of the IGL . These include the possibility of work on samples from Earth's mantle and crust, and extraterrestrial materials. Interested students are encouraged to contact Professor Richard J. Walker for further information.

Laboratory for Crustal Petrology

There is a variety of opportunities for undergraduate geology students to participate in research with members of the LCP. These include the possibility of fieldwork and potential GEOL 393/394 projects. Interested students are encouraged to contact Michael Brown or Sarah Penniston-Dorland for further information.

Laboratory for Mineral Deposits Research

Our laboratory has a long and active history of involving undergraduates and high school students in our research, studying ores, igneous rocks, and more, along side member of our research group. For information about high school, undergraduate, and graduate research opportunities and internships, please contact Phil Candela or Phil Piccoli.

Plasma Mass Spectrometry Laboratory

Geology undergraduates and others with background in chemistry and/or physics are invited to participate in research with members of the Plasma Lab. Research opportunities include hands on experience in chemical and/or isotopic analyses and data processing. Interested students should contact Bill McDonough.

Stable Isotope Laboratory

For information about high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research opportunities and internships, please contact James Farquhar or Alan Jay Kaufman. Our laboratory is eligible as a host for NAI/NRC postdoctoral research associateships through association with the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Seismology Laboratory

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Tectonics Laboratory

Members of the Tectonics Laboratory study a wide variety of processes that create, alter, and destroy Earth's lithosphere, especially in mountain belts. Research projects usually involve both field- and laboratory-based data acquisition. Interested students at all levels (high school, undergraduate and prospective graduate students) are encouraged to contact Aaron Martin for more information.


Capstone Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Geology Students:

Undergraduate students in geology are required to undertake an independent research project (GEOL 393/394; Senior Thesis). This highly rewarding program exposes undergraduates to the processes of development of a research topic, experimental design, data acquisition and interpretation, and the proper use of statistics. A non-exhaustive list of projects available can be found below; students wishing to explore other topics are encouraged to communicate directly with faculty members.