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.
Geology Department Students Received Kansas Geological Foundation Spring 2018 Scholarshsip
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.
Mikaela Rader Receives the 2018 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from NAGT
Ms. Mikaela Rader of Kansas State University has received the 2018 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. NAGT’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award is for a TA who has put forth exceptional effort and achieved exemplary success as a teaching assistant in the Earth sciences. Dr. Brueseke of the Department of Geology at Kansas State University noted that Rader “has contributed to the curriculum of the introductory geology laboratory, with the development of an extensive activity for the Augmented Reality Sandbox. The AR Sandbox is one of the new teaching instruments that we acquired in the last year and she voluntarily trained herself to utilize the instrument and devoted many hours in the development of the AR Sandbox activity to fit well in the structure of geology laboratory.” In addition, “She is an excellent communicator, she developed the activity really well for the wide range of students enrolled in geology lab, she also developed a TA guide for the graduate teaching assistants who teach the labs and even provided instructions for instrument set up and calibration.” NAGT congratulates Ms. Mikaela Rader and thanks Kansas State University for providing an environment in which teaching assistants can flourish, follow their interests, and develop expertise in the vital teaching of Earth sciences.