Above: Students Dan Cleary and Mike Barthelmes after spending five hours collecting stalagmite samples in Western Australia while conducting NSF-funded research with Professor Rhawn Denniston during the summer of 2011.
Below: Nic Slater conducted NSF-funded volcanology field work with University of New Mexico professor Yemane Asmerom in the southern Cascades during the summer of 2011.
The geology faculty at Cornell College believes that involving students in independent research is an essential component of an undergraduate’s education. All geology faculty members maintain active, externally-funded research programs that provide numerous opportunities for student involvement. The research areas of our faculty are summarized on our faculty page, and explored in more depth on our individual Websites.
In addition to in-depth study of a particular geologic topic, research experiences allow students to develop critical skills essential to any career. A “capstone” research experience is required for students majoring in geology.
Student symposium & conference presentations
Our students regularly present the results of their research at regional and national professional meetings, at which they may begin to network with professional geologists and environmental scientists. The annual Cornell Student Symposium provides another venue for research presentations, and recent examples of student projects are outlined on our symposium page. You will find further project descriptions in the most recent edition of Sparks From the Rockpile, our department newsletter.
Student Research Fund
The geology department administers the Hendriks Student Research Fund that supports students who travel to conduct research or attend professional meetings to present their results. The fund also provides stipends to students who work on their projects over the summer. Recent research projects have been conducted in Greece, Norway, Western Australia, New Mexico, Portugal, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Missouri and Iowa.