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Department of Geology


Department Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Department of Geology to deliver excellence in teaching, research, and service so that our students are equipped with the knowledge to understand and predict how our planet works and to apply that knowledge to the key challenges facing society today: meeting demands for energy, mineral, water, and food, while responsibly managing our environment.

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Department e-Newsletter and photo album

Check out our e-Newsletter to keep up with recent events in the department. It is available here. Some images of Department events and local geology are available in our Twitter feed and Instagram account.

Why Choose to Study Geosciences

New Geosciences Building

We are actively raising funds for a new geosciences facility. We are excited about the proposed facility, what it could mean for our ability to train future geoscientists, and the progress we have made so far! Details about the facility and our fundraising efforts are available here.

Welcome New Postdoc Dr. Harshad Kulkarni

We are please to announce that Dr. Harshad Kulkarni will be joining Saugata Datta's research group this fall, working on organic biogeochemistry.  Among other things, Harshad will contribute to Saugata’s research activities recently funded through a NASA PSTAR grant:  Biologic and Resource Analog Investigations in Low Light Environments (BRAILLE), where he will be working on clumped isotope systematics.  He will also be working on developing and applying new techniques to identify the role of organic matter, both in dissolved and solid forms, in nutrient and toxic element cycling in low temperature environments. To compliment his research, and as part of his post-doctoral development, Dr. Kulkarni will be teaching the intro-level geology evening courses we offer through Global Campus.  Dr. Kulkarni got his PhD in Civil Engineering from K-State studying Biogeochemical interactions of natural organic matter with arsenic in groundwater available here.  He will be starting with us in August.  Please join me in welcoming him.

Dr. Datta is part of a  $3.9 Million NASA Lava Caves Study

Does life exist on Mars? Our very own Dr. Datta is part of a $3.9 Million NASA study studying microbes in lava tubes to duscover clues to microbes that may exist in extreme environments on Mars. K-State Today article available here.

K-State Geology Graduate Student Receives 2018 SEG Travel Grant

Luke Rijfkogel, masters in Geology received the 2018 SEG/Exxon Mobil Student Education Program travel grant. The program includes two day course directly related to geoscience/geophysical work performed in the oil industry. The awarded travel grants cover travel expenses, lodging, and registration fees to attend the SEG/ExxonMobil Student Education program October 12-14 and the SEG annual Meeting taking place October 14-17, 2018 in Anaheim, California, USA. Additional info available here.

Geology Department Students Received Kansas Geological Foundation Spring 2018 Scholarship

The Department of Geology would like to congratulate Nina Ataee, Mikaela Rader, Ryan Keast, Trevor Spencer and Christina Richardson who received scholarships from the Kansas Geological Foundation for the 2018 Spring semester.  We would like to thank the Kansas Geological Foundation for their support.

Victoria Fitzgerald invited to attend the  2018 Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering Workshop

Victoria Fitzgerald; masters student in Geology has been invited to take part in the 2018 Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop that will be held in Washington, DC, March 18-21, 2018.

The CASE workshop is designed to introduce students to the federal policy-making process and potentially empower them to become a voice for basic research throughout their careers. On the final day of the workshop, AAS-sponsored student(s) will hold meetings with Congressional offices on Capitol Hill, accompanied by the AAS Bahcall Public Policy Fellow, Ashlee Wilkins. More information about the CASE Workshop can be found here.

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