Geology student studies cave map.

As a geology major at Cornell, you’ll be immersed in research experiences, honing critical skills essential to a career in geology. You’ll also conduct a capstone research project, a requirement that you’ll love. Depending on your interests, your research might take you to one of the following places:

  • Greece
  • Norway
  • Australia
  • New Mexico
  • Portugal
  • The Dominican Republic
  • The Bahamas
  • Missouri
  • California

You might work with faculty on their research.

  • Rhawn Denniston’s research on climate change
  • Ben Greenstein’s research on ecology of modern and prehistoric coral reefs
  • Emily Walsh’s research on mountain-building

Funding for student research

If you participate in one of our summer research opportunities, you’ll most likely be paid a stipend and your travel and living expenses are covered. Your funding may come from several sources:

  • The geology department’s Hendriks Student Research Fund
  • The Cornell Summer Research Institute (CSRI)
  • External grants from the National Science Foundation

Conferences and presentations

As a geology major, you’ll present the results of your research at regional and national professional meetings, as well as the annual Cornell Student Symposium.

Student Symposium CSRI