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March 28, 2014

Geoscience Students Head to the Field: Dr. Jeff Eaton is leading a 3-day field trip for 17 students to the San Rafael Swell this weekend as part of his Sedimentology & Stratigraphy (GEO 3550) class. We wish the group fair weather and safe travels, and we look forward to some photos from the trip in future editions of our newsletter.

Geoscience Students Awarded UGA Scholarships: Geology majors Shalane Crosland andJulie Taylor have each been awarded a scholarship from the Utah Geological Association to help defray the costs of field camp (GEO 4510) this summer. Thank you UGA! -- We will have a large camp this year, with 10 WSU geology majors and equal number from Utah State University. Drs. Yonkee, Eaton, and Matyjasik will be the WSU course instructors.

Geoscience Students to Present Undergraduate Research:  Kari Godfrey (Geology major) will present a poster titled "Timing and source relationships of Campanian strata, southern Utah basins" at WSU's upcoming 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium & Celebration, Monday, March 31, Shepherd Union. Dr. Jeff Eaton has been Kari's research mentor. Geosciences alumni Sara Yearsley and Amanda Gentry will present a poster at the symposium titled "Captivating the curious: Implementing technological strategies as an interactive method on science-b." Dr. David Matty mentored Sarah and Amanda during the course of their work. Stephanie Mitts (AEG major) will present a poster at the upcoming National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR 2014) at the University of Kentucky, April 3-5. Stephanie's presentation, co-authored by Steve Burian (University of Utah), is titled "Rainwater harvesting implementation: Institutional and human-related opportunities and constraints."

Summer Internships in Salt Lake City: Kleinfelder, a national engineering and geotechnical company, is looking for summer interns to work in their Salt Lake City Office. The interns will gain experience with materials testing, environmental monitoring, and geotechnical projects.  The job will include a lot of field work on construction sites as well as work in their materials testing lab.  If you are interested, please contact Dr. Ford and he will provide you the contact information. You will need an up-to-date resume.

Internship Opportunity:  Quality-Control Technician: Great Salt Lake Minerals (Compass Minerals). This position will be involved with the analysis of magnesium chloride, potassium sulfate and other salt products. These tasks must be performed in a safe, accurate, and efficient manner. This role will also be involved with the cleaning and general care of assigned area and associated testing equipment. There is the potential for weekend work to cover a 7-day rotating schedule. Please click here to view full information.  Position closes April 1, 2104.

STEPPE Graduate Student Internship Opportunities – Summer 2014​: STEPPE is a new consortium developed to champion support for research and education and to facilitate the development of integrated, collaborative projects for sedimentary geologists, stratigraphers, paleontologists, geochronologists, geochemists, and modelers who make up the community of researchers on the sedimentary crust. All internship positions are for ten weeks during the summer. Position start and end dates are negotiable.  Interns must make their own travel and housing arrangements. Compensation is in the form of a stipend, in the amount of $4,600. For details on how to apply go to:

Careers Page Updated on Our Department Website: Check out the latest update to the Department of Geosciences website here!  Remember you can find all back issues of these e-newsletters archived on this page, as well as information on geoscience-related jobs, internships, research opportunities, and so much more.  

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Photo of the Week:


Kari Godfrey in Snow Canyon State Park.

Have a great weekend​!

Marianne Bischoff

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Dr. Jeff Eaton

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Dr. Rick Ford

Chair, x 6942

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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