About Us Homecoming 2014
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.
Graduate contact Adriana E. Perez
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
Five graduate students from the Department of Geological Sciences have been awarded GSA Student Research Grants! Congratulations to Anna Ortiz, Joe Collins, Josh McFarland, Collin Gray, and Ally Mast. The primary role of the GSA research grants program is to provide partial support of master's and doctoral thesis research in the geological sciences for graduate students enrolled in universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. More information on the funding program can be found here .
Geophysics Master's student Will Seelig was selected to go to an all expense paid Earthscope Eastern North America seismic refraction workshop at UT Austin. Participants in this workshop will learn how to identify seismic phases, pick arrival times, and invert for crustal seismic velocity structure along geophysical transects. This workshop is for early-career scientists who want to gain experience with the analysis of active-source seismic refraction data, where they will engage in hands-on learning accompanied by lectures explaining the basic assumptions and geophysical theory behind the seismic refraction methods. More information about the workshop can be found at http://geoprisms.org/initiatives-sites/rie/enam/enam-seismic-refraction-processing-workshop/.
Our UTEP Imperial Barrel Award Team took 1st Place in Southwest Section of American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Competition.
Next station for our team is the international Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) competition in Denver, where the 6 winning teams form the U.S. sections (Eastern, Gulf Coast, Mid-Continent, Pacific, Rocky Mountain, Southwest) and the 6 winning teams from the global sections (Africa, Asia/Pacific, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Middle East) will compete for the Imperial Barrel Award. We wish our team all the best for the preparation for the final competition!
In 2015, APO Student Award for the Department of Geological Sciences goes to Myra Guerrero! Congratulations!
The Alpha Phi Omega Engineering Fraternity (APO) was founded in 1919 at the Texas College of Mines. It is a social fraternity for Engineering and Geology students with high GPAs. More about APO Scholars here.