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GSA, SEPM, and AAPG Student Funding Opportunities

1. GSA Student Research

GSA Research Grants – Geological Society of America
Graduate Student Research Grants. 2016 Research Grants Application Form.

2. SEPM Student Research

Students – SEPM
To apply for a Student Grant only a single application is required to be considered for any or all applicable SEPM research funds.

3. AAPG Grant – in – Aid

AAPG Foundation Grants-In-Aid Program –

David Jones, Amherst College – February 9, 2016 at 11 am – Beach Hall 233


1107766David Jones, Amherst College

“Death on the playa: geochemistry and geobiology of dolomite formation at Deep Springs Lake, CA”

David Jones is an Assistant Professor of Geology at Amherst College with broad interests in Earth History.  He uses stratigraphy and geochemistry to address questions about the co-evolution of life and Earth’s surface environments in deep time.  His most recent research focuses on sedimentary rocks in the Great Basin (Nevada and Utah) and modern playa lake deposits in California (Deep Springs Lake).

Read more about Dr Jones’ research here:



Dr. Michael Hren receives award from American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund

Profile_hren.jpgMichael Hren was awarded $110,000 from the American Chemical Society – Petroleum Research Fund for a proposal entitled “Evaluating the Preservation Potential of Buried Organic Carbon: A Laboratory and Field Study of the Impact of Burial Diagenesis on Stable Isotopic and Organic Molecular Records”. The proposed research will focus on understanding how the distribution and stable isotopic composition of organic molecular biomarkers change during the process of burial diagenesis and has direct implications for petroleum research and paleoclimate reconstructions.



Wintersession 2015-16

Winter Intersession 2015-16

wintersessionBahamas Field Course
GSCI 4999 (3 credits)

Learn about geology, geography, biology and sustainability in a natural laboratory!

This course will examine all aspects of this carbonate island systems, including its bedrock geology, hydrology, karst and cave systems, coral reefs, inland lakes, beach and coastal geomorphology, biology, archaeology, climate history and its future environmental sustainability. Students will learn about the impacts of sea level and climate change as well as human settlement on this small island.


Three credits. Three class periods. Not open for credit to students who have passed GSCI 1010, 1050, 1055, or 1070. Students who complete both GSCI 1051 and 1052 may request that GSCI 1051 be converted to a CA 3 Laboratory course. Origin and history of planet Earth, emphasizing how rock, air, water, and life interact at different scales to produce the earth’s crust, landforms, life systems, natural resources, catastrophes, and climatic regimes. Provides a scientific context for human-induced global change. CA 3.  M-F 9:00 – 12:15


One credit. Prerequisite or co-requisite: GSCI 1010 or GSCI 1051 or GSCI 1055 or GSCI 1070. Not open to students who have passed GSCI 1050. Students who complete both GSCI 1052 and one of GSCI 1010, 1051, 1055 or 1070 may request that the prerequisite be converted to a CA 3 Laboratory course. Laboratory complement to GSCI 1010, 1051, 1055, and 1070, . Provides an opportunity to work with specimens (minerals, fossils, rocks), terrain images, maps, physical models, and simulation experiments. Includes local field trips. A fee of $10 is charged for this course.  M-F 1:00 – 4:15pm

American Geosciences Institute Internship Opportunities







Geoscience Policy Internship
Level: BS/BA or MS/MA

Be a Geoscience Policy Intern with the American Geosciences Institute! The Geoscience Policy Program represents the geoscience community in Washington DC, and actively works with Congress and federal agencies to foster sound public policy in areas that affect geoscientists, including water, energy, and mineral resources; geologic hazards, environmental protection, and federal funding for geoscience research and education.

AGI seeks outstanding geoscience or geo-related engineering students (undergraduate or Masters) with a strong interest in federal science policy. Interns will hone their writing and web publishing skills while gaining first-hand understanding of the legislative process and executive branch agencies.

You must be a U.S. citizen and enrolled in, or recently completed, a geoscience or geo-related eningeering bachelor’s or master’s degree program to apply.

Apply Online:
Fall Internship (14 weeks) – Application Deadline April 15  – Apply Here
AGI accepts one intern during the fall semester (September through December) at a fixed stipend of $5500. The stipend for the intern is provided through a generous grant from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation. the internship lasts 14 weeks, and the starting date will be based on the schedule of the successful applicant. Geoscience students with an interest in energy and resource issues are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain credit for the internship from their university.

Spring Internship (14 weeks) – Application Deadline October 15 – Apply Here
AGI accepts one intern during the spring semester (January through April) at a fixed stipend of $5500. The stipend for the intern is provided through a generous grant from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation. the internship lasts 14 weeks, and the starting date will be based on the schedule of the successful applicant. Geoscience students with an interest in energy and resource issues are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain credit for the internship from their university.

Summer Internship (12 weeks) – Application Deadline March 15  – Apply Here
AGI is planning to accept three interns for the summer at a fixed stipend of $5000 per person. Stipends for the interns are funded jointly by AGI and a generous grant from the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) Foundation. The internship will last 12 weeks, and the starting date will be based on the schedule of the successful applicant.

Inquiries only to

View past interns here.

Geological Society of America Internship Opportunities


Summer Programs

AGI Summer & Semester Internships (undergrad or Masters geoscience students)
Gain a first-hand understanding of the legislative process and the operation of executive branch agencies. Hone writing, research, and web publishing skills. Stipend available.

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI)
EAPSI supports 200-205 graduate students each year to do research in the lab of their choice in any of seven locations: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan. Application Deadline: Second Thursday in November.

GeoCorps™ America
Geoscientists on Public Lands – A GSA program in cooperation with the BLM, NPS, & USFS.

Mosaics in Science
Short-term STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) projects National Parks.

NASA Internships

Research in the Solid Earth Science for Students (RESESS)
A multi-summer internship program for students who are underrepresented in the geosciences based in Boulder, Colorado, for the first summer. Travel, lodging, and salary are provided. Do research in geology, hydrology, geophysics, glaciology, or other fascinating topics. Sophomores and Juniors can apply, and may participate for up to two or three years.

The Juneau Icefield Research Program
Expedition Training in Arctic and Mountain Earth System Science.

The Honors Interdisciplinary Summer Field Program: Geology, Anthropology, and Ecology
Learn about geology, ecology, and anthropology in an “open-air” classroom.

Universities Space Research Association Education Associates Program
NASA’s Undergraduate Student Research Program managed by USRA, offers undergraduates across the United States mentored internship experiences at NASA Centers and research facilities.

Other Internships

AAAS-RAND Science and Technology Policy Intern Program

Environmental Careers Organization

Michigan Tech University and Peace Corps
New program with the U.S. Peace Corps where students can gain an M.S. degree while doing a two year Peace Corps field assignment in a Central American country with significant geological hazards.

NASA Academy


National Wildlife Federation Internship Programs

National Science Foundation
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Student Conservation Association

University of Arizona – Carson Scholars Program

University of Arizona Biosphere 2
Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Summer Research Institute

White House Office of Science & Technology Policy
The program is seeking highly motivated and dedicated individuals interested in science and technology policy. Applicants must be US citizens and be enrolled, not less than half-time, in an accredited college, university, or other educational institution. Students who wish to participate in this program during the Fall semester may work at OSTP on a part-time or full-time basis.


Amec Foster Wheeler Internship Opportunities

Our program

They have three internship programs available.

Internship format:

  • A ten-week program – learning about Amec Foster Wheeler, gaining new skills, and contributing to projects
  • Experience real work as part of a specialist team working on a real project through on-the-job experience with plenty of soft skills training provided
  • Take part in lunchtime learning sessions and site visits, meet and get insights from experts
  • Successful contribution can result in being offered a place on their graduate program
  • Open to students on a four-year course or studying for a Masters.
  • Ideal interns will have a good understanding of the industry, be curious, open minded, eager to learn, work in a team environment, and get involved

Patrick Getty received coverage in Science News for presentation at GSA

PatrickGettyCongrats to Patrick Getty for the article written in Science News about his presentation “Ancient larvae built predator-thwarting mazes” that was given at the recent GSA Conference in Baltimore, MD!

Here’s an excerpt from the article: “Branching tunnels called Treptichnus embedded inside ancient rocks are among the oldest and most widespread preserved structures built by ancient animals, first appearing about 541 million years ago. The mazelike layout of these subterranean passageways was meant to frustrate unwanted intruders, paleontologist Patrick Getty of the University of Connecticut in Storrs proposed November 1 at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting.”