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Welcome to the Institute of Tectonic Studies.

The Institute of Tectonic Studies was established in July of 1998 by Dr. Katherine A. Giles.

The mission of the institute is to pursue the understanding of tectonic processes and evolution of tectonic provinces. The immediate goal of the institute is to foster the growth of expertise in tectonic studies of all Geological Sciences faculty, graduate students and PhD majors.

The goals will be achieved through:

  • Collaboration on research projects within the university, with other academic institutions and with industrial associates and benefactors.
  • Soliciting financial support from industrial and/or governmental consortia for specific research projects set forth by the Institute.
  • Publication of research results of projects supported by the Institute.

Organizational and financial support of workshops and special colloquia designed to bring outside expertise to UTEP.

The institute helps fund tectonics research by serving as an umbrella organization, directing money to fund faculty and student research that otherwise might not be funded through traditional means. One of the goals of the institute is to build up the expertise of UTEP's faculty and students in the area of tectonic studies, Giles said.

Students learn skills they don't necessarily get in class, including state of the art geological computer modeling programs and Geographical Information Systems software, Petrel and other programs.