The Department of Geological Sciences strongly believes in undergraduate research as part of a student's educational experience. Our faculty encourage and work with students on a variety of independent research projects. Students undertake this part of their education and learning on a voluntary basis and conduct original scientific research in a close working relationship with one or more faculty members. Many of our students have presented their findings at national and regional professional meetings throughout the United States.
A student can elect to take independent research (GEOL497) for 1-3 credits each semester for a maximum of 6 credits, or conduct research without credit. There is no minimum GPA; however, research must be performed with the permission of a faculty member. The department strongly encourages its students to consider involvement in undergraduate research as part of their capstone experience to their program in the geological sciences. Independent research should be undertaken only after careful discussion with faculty advisors in the department.
Below is a list of some recent and ongoing research topics under investigation in our department.
Some recent project titles
Renee Holt, Sedimentary Petrology of the Teddy Creek Group, Blacktail Mountains, Montana: Implications for provenance and landscape evolution. Advisor: Krol
Brianne McDonough, A Two-Dimensional, Linear-Elastic Model to Explain Radial Extensional Fractures, Pantheon Fossae, Caloris Basin, Mercury. Advisor: Cicerone
Michelle Bayly, An Evaluation of the Environmental Impact of Conjunctive use of Ground Water and Surface Water in the Furnace Brook Well-Field in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Advisor: Enright
Cheryl Frio, Frequency Magnitude Statistics of Impact Craters: Implications for Determining the Geologic Age of Planetary Surfaces. Advisor: Cicerone
Jessica Sousa, Petrologic investigation of amphibolites across a major ductile shear zone in the Ruby Mountains, SW Montana: Implications for the nature of early Proterozoic(?) mafic magmatism. Advisor: Krol
Jessica Sousa, Kinematic analysis of mylonitic rocks, southern Ruby Mountains, SW Montana: Evidence for Proterozoic orogenic crustal thickening and topographic collapse. Advisor: Krol
Michelle Bayly, Comparative study of Foraminifera of Mexico, Honduras and Bermuda Coasts. Advisor: Enright
Rene Olsen, Kinematic and microstructural study of mylonitic rocks from the Ruby Mountains, southwest Montana. Advisor: Krol
Jennifer Jackson, possible correlation between climate change and magnetic field reversals. Advisors: Cicerone, Krol
Hallie Topor, Geophysical evidence for the existence of an ocean on Mars. Advisor: Cicerone
Amy Saccoccio, Petrography and geochemistry of Cenozoic basalt flows within the Blacktail Mountains and Ruby Mountains, SW Montana. Advisor: Krol
Emily Walsh, Origin of Hot Spring Water in Back Arc Basins. Advisor: Saccocia
Emily Clement, Field and Petrographic Investigation of the Lone Mountain Intrusion and Associated Effects of Contact Metamorphism, Gallatin Range, Montana. Advisor: Krol
Ashlee Kirkwood, Petrographic analysis of a drill core from the Narragansett Basin, Somerset, Massachusetts. Advisor: Krol
Elizabeth (Lynn) Connell, Microstructural Analysis of the Rhode Island Formation, Narragansett Basin, MA. Advisor: Krol
Josh Thuele, Remote Sensing of Mountain View Mine, California-Nevada border. Advisor: Enright
Lisa Baltimore, Development of lab assignments for secondary education in Earth Science. Advisor: Krol
Crystal Cakounes, Development of Earth Science labs for elementary education. Advisor: Krol
Daniel Callahan, Geologic mapping and analysis of sedimentary rocks in the Teddy Creek drainage, Blacktail Mountains, Montana. Advisor: Krol
Amanda Craig, Petrographic Analysis of Core # 47, Halifax Massachusetts. Advisor: Krol
Kathleen Gonsalves, Magnetic Field Precursors to the 1987 M7.1 Loma Prieta Earthquake, CA. Advisor: Cicerone
Russ McCormick, Field, Petrographic, & Geochemical characteristics of the Price Creek volcanics, southeast Blacktail Mountains. Advisor: Krol
Erin Nevens, Petrographic analysis of metamorphic rocks at Black Rock Beach, Cohasett MA. Advisor: Krol
Michael Robbins, Petrographic and Paleo-Depositional Analysis of the Northern Narragansett Basin Through Drill Core Observation. Advisor: Krol
Amanda E. Gross, Field Validation of Grain Size Determination of Massachusetts Beaches Using Brightness Measurements from Landsat Thematic Mapper Data. Advisor: Enright
Nicholas Rofe, Geologic mapping of volcanic rocks in the Blacktail Mountains, Montana. Advisor: Krol
Mathew Brennan, Geologic history of Borderland State Park, Easton MA.
Kelly Famolare, Using Bloom's Taxonomy in the Creation of Geophysical Laboratory Exercises.
Jackie Van Etten, "Microscopic Coral Morphology and Paleoclimate Reconstruction. Advisor: Saccocia
Last Modified: June 5, 2012