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Recent Geology Student Research

Our students are doing fantastic work! From assessing live coral cover and carbonate production in the waters off Belize to interpreting seismic in Arctic Alaska, W&L Geology students are learning and applying geoscience theories, methods, and skills to research questions relevant today.

2013 Theses: Defenses were March 29, 2013

Everyone did a phenomenal job with their presentations. Congratulations to you all.

Clay Holshouser: 3-D Seismic Attribute Analysis of the Yegua Formation, Yougeen Field, Bee County, Texas
Rose Pettiette: Tectonic Evolution of the Chugach-Prince William Terrane: U/Pb Detrital Zircon Age and Provenance of Cover Strata to the Paleocene Resurrection Peninsula Ophiolite in Seward, Alaska
Lauren Schultz:Sequence Stratigraphic and Structural Interpretation, Modeling and Restoration in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA)

2013 Awards:

Lena T. Stevens Scholarship: Lauren Schultz
Marcellus H. Stow Award: Karen Roth and James Biemiller
R. Preston Hawkins IV Geology Award: Karen Roth and Liz Olson
Kozak, McGuire, Spencer, Schwab Award:
James Biemiller, Elizabeth Elium, Emilyn Gjertsen, Chelsi Hewitt, Hal Hundley, Rachel Samuels, Candice Stefanic, Arthur Stier, James Tyrrell, Virginia Wala, Kendall Wnuk
Geology Department Award:
First-Year students: Emilyn Gjertsen, Griffin Johns, Virginia Wala; Sophomores: James Freeman, James McCullum, Arthur Stier

To find out more about the awards, visit the Awards and Scholarships page.

Research programs and department funding opportunities for our students:

Keck Geology Consortium Projects
R. E. Lee Summer Scholars Grants
R. Preston Hawkins IV Geology Award
Samuel J. Kozak-Odell S. McGuire-Edgar W. Spencer-Frederick L. Schwab Award

Conferences students presented at in 2012-2013:

GSA, October 2012: Karen Roth
AGU, December 2012: Candace Stefanic and Dylan Norvell
AAPG, April 2013: Lauren Schultz


If you are interested in offering a summer internship experience for a W&L Geology undergraduate, please contact Chris Connors at 540-458-8817 or email him.

W&L graduates:

See where our graduates have gone on to school in the last 10 years
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