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January 31, 2014

Welcome to our Newest Majors: Rachael Nelsen-Geol, and Benjamin Nye-Geol.  We are excited to have you join our department! Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can best support you with your goals. (Geol = Geology major, AEG = Applied Environmental Geosciences major, EST = Earth Science Teaching major)

Department of Geosciences Scholarships:  Applications are now being accepted for Department of Geosciences scholarships.  All current geoscience majors are invited to apply.  Scholarship amounts vary and are awarded for use during the 2014-15 academic year (summer 2014 through spring 2015).  Information is on the flyers posted around the department and also can be found on our website.  Please note that the Norman & Barbara Tanner Scholarship in Geosciences requires a separateapplication.  Application instructions are attached to this email, can be printed from our website, or can be picked up in our department office.  If you need help printing off your CatTracks Grad Evaluation, please contact Marianne at 801.626.7139,, or stop by her office.

SGE is Recruiting New Members: For those of you unfamiliar with SGE, it is our department's honor society. SGE was established to recognize academic excellence and promote professionalism in the geociences. It is a nationally recognized society that provides scholastic and leadership opportunities and is a great way to develop friendships with your fellow students, as well as an excellent addition to any resume. Activities and service projects are planned for the spring semester. Students interested in joining SGE should contact Dr. Ford at, or Brady Boyter (Chapter President) at or 801-690-4900 before February 7. Membership requirements for SGE include 10 GEO credits, with a minimum average GPA of 3.0 in those courses, and an overall GPA of at least 2.67.

Are You Interested in Taking Paleontology (GEO 3180)?: If there is enough interest, Dr. Jeff Eaton will offer paleontology as an elective course in Fall 2014. Many of us traditionalists think that all "real" geologists have taken paleo. A sign-up sheet is posted in the Majors' Room; you might also email Dr. Eaton to express your interest.  We almost have enough students to offer the class.

Majors' Board Updated, Still Want Your Photos: Stop by Room 320 to see all the great pictures of our hard working majors!  If you are a major and your picture is not on the board, please stop by our official photographer's office (Dr. Jim Wilson in 206M) or the department office so we can get it.  Thanks!

Stop by Our Table (#1) at Major Fest:  It's no accident that Geosciences snagged table #1 at this year's Major Fest - We're just #1!  The event is taking place this Wednesday, February 5th.  The morning session runs from 8:30-11:30am and the afternoon session runs from 3:30-6:00pm.  Stop by our table to say hello and ask your questions about declaring your major in geosciences.  For full information, please see the attached Major Fest flyer.        

Call for Judges: The 2014 Ritchey Science and Engineering Fair is fast approaching.  The Junior Fair will be March 20th, and the Senior Fair will be March 21st.  Judges are needed for both days, but there is a special need for the junior event on Thursday, March 20th.   Judges need not stay the entire day, and lunch will be provided during the first judging break.  This would be a great experience for Earth Science Teaching majors.  For more information, please see the attached flyer, visit, or contact Sheri at or 801-725-2771.

We've Updated Our Website:  We've added lots of valuable new information to our department website.  Now you can learn about scholarship opportunities, internships, research teams, job openings, and watch learn more about what working in the field of geosciences is like and reasons why you should consider being a major.  Check it out all here!

Job Posting: URS in Salt Lake City is looking to hire a geologist with a bachelor's degree. Even though the posting states that four years of experience are required, enthusiastic, high-achieving recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Website of the Week:  (Recommended by Marianne Bischoff)

Photo of the Week:

An image from our updated department website linked to an excellent site about "Being a Geo".  Check it out here!

Have a great weekend!

Marianne Bischoff

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Dr. Jeff Eaton

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Dr. Rick Ford
x 6942, Chair

Dr. Michael Hernandez

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Dr. Marek Matyjasik

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Dr. Jim Wilson

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Dr. Adolph Yonkee

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