K-State graduation year: May 2011
Degree: Bachelor's of Science - Geology
Other degree received: Master’s of Science - Geology
Current employer: Geostock Sandia
Position: Subsurface Geologist
I consulted with my family and academic advisors and based off my interests, they all suggested geology.
- Williston Geology Club
- American Association of Petroleum Geologists
- Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Yes, I was fortunate enough to have three internships in the Oil & Gas industry, placing me in new and unique situations. Those internships taught me a lot about business relations, but most importantly it taught me how to apply what I learned in school to the real world. It also educated me on different aspects of geology that would never had been presented to me in class, such as well logging, mapping and reservoir characterization.
The best and most useful resource is networking and meeting new people. This certainly earned me my first internship. The other way is to get involved with American Association of Petroleum Geologists. This group holds bi-annual student expos that allowed students to meet other students and more importantly, meet people from the industry seeking out interns and future employees. It took me a relatively short time to find my internships, but finding full employment required me 3 months after graduating.
Enter the office, review my notes from the other day and continue whatever the current project is on my schedule. This usually involves evaluated well logs, maps and other subsurface data such as production and 3D seismic.
The old school approach to do the subsurface work, which means not using a computer to do the thinking for you.
Putting all the pieces together for the client in a well written geologic report and meeting the boss’s standards.
Take mineralogy and petrology seriously. Those two classes have been crucial in the job. Also, challenge yourself to learn things important to the industry you want to work in through magazines, clubs and professionals.
Contacts were the key and also my internship experiences.
So far Geostock has been great because of the work environment and the how specialized the job is.
The biggest change was scheduling. I went from working around a short curriculum schedule with which I could adjust freely between research, nightlife and free-time. Now my schedule is dominated by work and lack of free-time.
Get involved with American Association of Petroleum Geologists and take the opportunity to live in the residence halls.
Dr. Tottens Subsurface Mapping course
Juli Moore. Juli was a grad student when I was an undergrad and she was a huge source of information about geology and the necessary steps required to become a good geologist. She was a good mentor to me which she continues to be as well as a good friend.
Yes. Because it is networking, it leaves me opportunities to possibly move elsewhere and it lets me know different aspects and approaches to geology.