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Department of Geology

Alumni Information

The Department of Geology has extremely active alumni, whose support we greatly appreciate! Our Alumni Advisory Council is one of the largest and most active at K-State. The council meets each fall on campus. This meeting not only provides the alumni a chance to reconnect with friends but also an invaluable opportunity for students and faculty to learn more about current trends in geoscience careers and how our program can adjust to evolving needs. If you are interested in getting involved in the council, please let us know!

To help us keep in touch with our alumni, the department maintains an extensive alumni database. If you would like to be added to the database or need to update your contact information, please contact the department Administrative Specialist or any of our faculty. We would love to hear from you!

Department history

The Geology Department was founded in 1946 but geology courses have been offered at Kansas State University since 1866. More details about our departments long and rich history are available here.

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.

If you would like to contribute to this goal and see other ways you can give back to the Department of Geology, please click this link.

New scholarship in honor of Dr. Sambhudas Chaudhury

Members of the Geology Advisory Council created a scholarship with a matching donation from Mary Vanier to honor Dr. Sambhudas Chaudhuri. We are extremely grateful for this generous support! Click here to read more about the scholarship.


Recent alumni donations are making it possible for us to purchase a new X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD), which will greatly benefit our teaching and research capabilities. We are extremely grateful for this support! Click here to read the thank you letter from the department head, Pamela Kempton, and to learn more about how this instrument will benefit the department.


Geology Alumni Advisory Board Council 2018

Alumni Council

Geology Alumni Advisory Board Council 2017

Advisory Board Photo October 13



Dean Dorhout and Geology alumnus Gary Sandlin

Former K-State VP of Research, Dr. Dorhout, and Geology alumnus Gary Sandlin near Natoma, KS in 2014.