Undergraduate Research Opportunity with Dr. Devon A. Orme's research group, Department of Earth Science
Description: I am looking for six motivated undergraduate students to join a two-year research project focused on understanding the geologic history of the western United States. This NSF funded research seeks to understand to origin of a sedimentary basin termed a forearc basin, which forms oceanward of volcanic arcs during oceanic subduction beneath a continent or island arc system. The students will participate in research design, field and laboratory work and present their findings at departmental and national conferences. Field and analytical techniques applied will include field mapping and sedimentology, sandstone petrography, biostratigraphy, geochronology, paleomagnetism and low-temperature thermochronology. No prior experience with these methodologies is required. Students will work in pairs and focus on one of the aforementioned techniques, collect their own samples, acquire and interpret data, and disseminate their results. Students will also participate as leaders in a STEM workshop. If you are interested in gaining undergraduate research experience in the field of Earth Science, please fill out the questionnaire below. This opportunity is ideal for sophomores or juniors based on course-work history and the duration of the project.

NSF Description: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1942460&HistoricalAwards=false

Duration: January 2021-May 2022

Time commitment: Regular monthly group meetings, a 10-day field trip to California in May or June 2021, ~1-2 weeks of data acquisition at a lab in Fall 2021 or Winter 2022, followed by data analysis one-on-one with Dr. Orme and at group meetings. Anticipate time for independent work and conference participation. This research qualifies for undergraduate research credit.

Product expectations: Commitment to field work, data acquisition and analysis, and a poster or talk at the Earth Science Colloquium and/or a national conference such as GSA, AGU or SACNAS.
Full Name *
Undergraduate major *
Undergraduate minor (if applicable) *
Undergraduate cumulative GPA *
Relevant courses in Earth and/or environmental science *
Anticipated graduate semester and year *
Sex *
Racial and ethnic identification (following NIH descriptions) *
Why do you want to participate in undergraduate research in the Earth Sciences? *
Previous undergraduate research (if any, this is not required): *
Previous field experience (if any; these can include course field trips, research, personal): *
Ability to travel to California for ~ 10 days and a laboratory at another institution for ~ 10 days (all expenses covered): *
Are you able to be involved with the project from January 2021-May 2022? If not, why? *
Any additional details about yourself and your goals that you wish to share: *
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