Message from the Chair
The past year has been successful and rewarding. In addition to the Imperial Barrel Award win and the numerous awards and scholarships achieved by our students and faculty, the Department of Geological Sciences has graduated 23 B.S., 11 Masters and 3 Ph.D. students. Dr. Phil Goodell was awarded the Undergraduate Student Choice Award for Outstanding Teaching. Ana Quevedo and Joseph Sandobal were selected as the Outstanding Undergraduates, and our Outstanding Graduates were Loren Ochoa, Syprose Nyachoti and Nicholas Talavera.
The students ran a very exciting Colloquium this year including 13 talks and 28 posters featuring both graduate and undergraduate research. A new pick-axe statue created by Gabriel Gaytan and donated by Joe Gomez was dedicated at a reception during the Colloquium and it now resides in our lobby.
We have had great contributions in various forms from our alumni especially James Cearley, Larry Franceware, and Joe Smith. UTEP Geological Sciences will have a presence at the Fall 2016 GSA, SEG and AGU meetings, so if you are attending, stop by our booth to say “Hi”.
We will also welcome two new faculty this Fall – Geochemist/microbiologist Jie Xu and Physical Geologist Hugo Gutierrez-Jurado. These new faculty bring with them expertise we do not currently have so they will increase our educational offerings and research portfolio.
Our goals for the future are to work on several remodeling projects such as graduate student office space and classroom upgrades, evaluate undergraduate and graduate curricula and expand collaborations both within and outside of UTEP. I am excited for UTEP Geological Sciences future, and I hope you will continue to feel at home if you would like to visit and interact with us.
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
Master's of Science student, Andre Llanos, was awarded 2nd Place for Best Poster presentation at this Fall's Rocky Mountain Rendezvous, one of five regional job fairs that is sponsored by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). Andre presented his thesis work, "Genesis of Unique Carbonate Features in a Pre-Salt Reservoir Analogue, Lower Cretaceous Yucca Formation, West Texas"
We are happy to announce that Doctoral Students Rachelle Kernen and James Rutkofske, and Masters Students Sandra Garcia and Alan Vennemann are proud recipients of SIPES Foundation Scholarships!
Thank you to the SIPES Foundation for their continued support of our students.
Anna Ortiz has been selected as an Awardee for the DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program.
She will be working at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) for three months in the spring to learn reactive transport models and their applications to understand kinetics and mechanisms of accumulation of pedogenic carbonates in flood-irrigated fields.
One of our own, Professor Jose Hurtado, Ph.D., has made it to the semifinal round of the selection process for NASA’s astronaut corps.
“This is exciting for me since it has been my aspiration, for as long as I can remember, to be an astronaut and fly in space and to serve my country as an explorer,” Hurtado said.