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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.

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.


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