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Geology and Environmental Science Research

Research Projects and Opportunities

Students at the Geology Lab to learn about rocks.

Research Projects and Opportunities

Faculty Mentored Research
Mentored student research opportunities are available for Geology and Environmental Science students to develop professional skills and prepare for graduate school. Students are mentored by a faculty member in completing original research.
Take Part in Original Research
Geology and Environmental Science research projects are designed to solve original research questions. They include many aspects of scientific research, including project planning, hypothesis development, testing, data collection, analysis, problem-solving, writing, and presentation.
Contribute to the Advancement of Geology and Environmental Science
Create modeling and mapping of geological area, use advanced software to study geological structures, participate in Geoscience competitions, and more.

Past Geology Research Projects

Spring Modeling
Modeling of springs in the Island Park area.
Lava Flow Modeling
Mapping of lava flows in Island Park.
Subsurface Geology Modeling
Using advanced software to model subsurface geologic structures.
Locate New Earthquake Faults
Using earthquake data from central Idaho to locate new faults.
Investigate Fluvial Systems
Using the stream table in the department to investigate factors that control development of fluvial systems.
AAPG Imperial Barrel Award
Participating in the Imperial Barrel Award competition, which is a semester-long project that provides true work-level experience in the petroleum industry.

Additional Resources

Geology class taught by Scott Gifford goes on a field trip to R Mountain and surrounding areas.
Stream Table
A student working on a desktop computer in Intro to GISv & Spatial Analysis class.
Seismograph Network