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Research/Independent Study

Geology majors have the opportunity to engage in independent research work throughout their college careers; the department encourages all the majors to get involved in one or more research projects. Students may embark on projects that involve varying combinations of literature review and original work. Such projects introduce students to dynamic communities of Earth scientists who act as colleagues, collaborators, peer reviewers, and intellectual resources. Original research especially provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity and self-motivation, and thus generates an advantage when applying for jobs, internships, and graduate school.

The department provides significant support for geology majors interested in conducting geological research or interning with professional geology operations (including industry, government, museum, or university opportunities). 

Talk with your advisor or the staff assistant about these resources and the deadlines for their respective applications (additionally covered during the Spring Majors Meeting):  

Buster Funds Scholarships for Independent Research
Witter Funds Grants for Internships in Professional Geology Settings
McKenna Scholarships Support for Two Students with a Research Project in the Rocky Mountains
Hannigan and Creager Awards (Alumni Gifts) Funds for Field Work in Research Projects
Keck Geology Consortium Opportunities for Cross-Institutional Group Summer Research Projects 


Colorado College Senior Research in Geology

Recent Student Research Projects


Alec Lockett Interpreting the Subsurface Geology beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, West Antarctica, using Airborne Gravity and Magnetic data

Aaron Farquhar Ballistic Analysis Inferring Subsurface Hydrothermal Alteration and Mineralogical Seal Control on Eruptions at Whakaari Volcano, New Zealand

Grace Guryan Ground Penetrating Radar Analysis of the East River Floodplain Near Crested Butte, Colorado

Matt Hess Applied Seismology: An Investigation of the Water Table Beneath Jacks Valley, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado

Erin Hightower Clastogenesis as a Result of Reactivation of Agglutinated Spatter

Skye Keeshin Shallow Ice Radar Analysis of the North-Western Ross Ice Shelf: Quantifying Ocean-Cryosphere Interaction

Charles Russell CRN Dating and Numerical Modeling to Investigate Climate During the Last Glacial Maximum, and the Subsequent Deglaciation, Sawatch Range, Colorado

Everett Smith Experimental Investigations of Surface-Wave-Modified Turbidity Current Dynamics

Cole Thompson Mode of Emplacement of Tava Quartzite Injectites: Using Dike Geometries and Detrital Zircon Provenance Analysis

Tristan White Geochronology of Cambrian rocks of Thailand and Myanmar

Tianran Zhang Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Geochronology of Mesoproterozoic Strata, Ningxia, China

Madison Andres “Fire Frequency in the Last Millennium in the Grinnell Glacier and Swiftcurrent Lake Drainage Basins, Glacier National Park, Montana”

Sally Shatford  “Along-strike variations in detrital zircon provenance of Tava sandstone injectites, Colorado Front Range: insights into terrestrial paleoenvironments of Rodinia”

Jessica Badgeley “Geophysical evidence for englacial brine associated with Blood Falls, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica”

Erica Evans “Last Glacial Maximum in the Culebra Peak Area of the Colorado Sangre De Cristo – Results of Paleoglacial Numerical Modeling”

Alex Hager “Geochronology and stratigraphy of Comanche National Grasslands, CO”

Anne Hakim “Sedimentology, Chemostratigraphy, Biostratigraphy, and Sequence Stratigraphy of Middle Ordovician Strata, Inner Mongolia, China”

Sam Elkind “Creation of a geological map dataset of Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica ”

Lauren Williamson “Latitude and Growth Rate in Pliocene Glycimeris americana

Colin Chupik “Paleoseismology Analysis of the Hope and Wairau Faults Using LIDAR, South Island of New Zealand”

Betsie Hopper “Climate Change during ETM2 and H2: exploring terrestrial carbonate nodules as a proxy”

Zach Keskinen “An Examination of Controls on Moulin Microclimatology, Kennicott and Root Glaciers, Alaska ”