The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) announces two full-time tenure-track positions, one in Physical Geology and one in Geochemistry. We are particularly interested in candidates who combine laboratory, field, and/or modeling approaches and whose teaching and research will integrate into one or more of the Department’s focus areas. Read the full Advertisement.
About Us Homecoming 2014
Welcome Dr. James Kubicki
Dear College of Science Faculty, Staff and Students:
I am pleased to announce that Dr. James Kubicki will be joining the College of Science as Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at UTEP, effective August 1, 2015.
Dr. Kubicki received his B.S. in Geology from the California State University at Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in Geochemistry from Yale University. After being trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institute of Washington and the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Kubicki served as a National Research Council Associate and worked as a Senior Principal Engineer for the Computer Sciences Corporation. Since 1998, Dr. Kubicki has been a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University, where he most recently held the title of Professor of Geochemistry in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute.
The teaching and mentoring experience that Dr. Kubicki brings with him is certain to enhance our programs and outcomes, and support UTEP’s mission of access and excellence. He has worked with undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in field, laboratory and classroom settings to promote learning and career preparation. In addition, he has contributed to the development of cross-institutional Centers, is engaged in collaborative and interdisciplinary research, and is committed to science education and outreach to the public.
With a strong history of extramural funding and a publication record that includes nearly 150 articles in a number of peer-reviewed and well-respected journals, Dr. Kubicki is poised to serve as an excellent mentor for researchers at all career stages. His own work is focused on molecular modeling in environmental geochemistry, with current and pending research support from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. Previous funding sources have also included the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Petroleum Research Fund. He arrives at UTEP with an active grant portfolio of more than $1M.
It is these strengths that give me confidence that Dr. Kubicki will succeed in his new role as Chair and support current and new efforts in research and education. I hope that you will join me in welcoming him to our College and University, and aid him in facilitating the continued growth and success of the Geological Sciences Department.
Dr. Robert Kirken, Dean
College of Science
The Department of Geological Sciences offers degree programs in both Geological Sciences and Environmental Sciences in conjunction with faculty from the Biological Science and Chemistry departments.
Geological Sciences Program
Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Geological Sciences with concentration in
Master's of Science (M.S.) in Geological Sciences
Master's of Science (M.S.) in Geophysics
Ph.D. in Geological Sciences
Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Environmental Sciences with concentration in
Master's of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Science
The UTEP student chapter of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) achieved the ranking of a Summit Level Chapter for their chapter activities between 2014 and 2015. Their new ranking was announced at the 2015 annual meeting of the SEG in New Orleans, Louisiana. Student chapters at the Summit level have members that serve on SEG boards or committees, organize and participate in SEG wide student programs as well as local activities, are involved in high school outreach, and mentor other SEG student chapters.
Richard Alfaro-Diaz, (pictured), was one of the six UTEP graduate STEM students to be selected as a GK-12 Fellow, who were embedded as science educators in the El Paso region’s early college high schools. The NSF funded program comes to a close this semester after a very successful five year run. At the recent closing ceremony President Natalicio had this to say to the 250 Early College High School students that visited the UTEP campus.
“You can do anything with an education. It will take you anywhere and allow you to do anything. Invest in it now. Don’t squander the opportunity. You guys are on the fast track through your early college high school. The faster you get your education, the more likely it is that you will get great opportunities."
Read the whole story here.
Collin Gray, a Master's of Science student in the Department of Geological Sciences, has also recently received the highly prestigious “Top 10 Award of Excellence in Poster Presentation” for his presentation at the 2015 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention and Exhibition held in Denver, Colorado in June. His poster entitled “Controls on Dolomitization of the Upper Ordovician Trenton Limestone in South-Central Kentucky” summarized his M.S. Thesis research results. Read Collin's abstract and view his poster here.
Collin Gray, a Master's of Science student in the Department of Geological Sciences, will soon defend his thesis, following which he will act as Graduate Student Marshall in the Fall 2015 UTEP graduation ceremony.
Among the many scholarships and grants Collin received at UTEP are the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts Foundation Vicki King Memorial Scholarship, Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts Foundation grant, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Robert K. Goldhammer Memorial Grant, Geology Society of America Research Grant, Southwest Section of AAPG Graduate Scholarship, and the West Texas Geological Society Russell Lloyd Scholarship. He has had one paper published while working on his Master's degree at UTEP and has presented at multiple professional conferences including AAPG’s Annual Convention & Exhibition June 2015 in Denver, CO where he received an Award of Excellence for a Top 10 Poster Presentation.