Shell and American Geological Institute

Shell has provided funds for American Geological Institute and Ventures Scholars Program to work together and help Ventures Scholars learn about the geosciences.

From funding received by Shell, the following e-newsletters have been developed to provide a wealth of information about the geosciences!

Peruse the Winter 2007 Geoscience E-Newsletter.

Peruse the Fall 2006 Geoscience E-Newsletter .

Peruse the Spring 2006 Geoscience E-Newsletter.

Shell has recently launched "Energizing Your Future with Shell" , a new educational website that encourages middle and high school students' to learn about math and science, while introducing them to the world of energy.

Shell has also provided funds to VSP to develop ways for students, parents, and counselors to learn about the geosciences.

We asked our member institutions to provide us with their contact information so you can communicate with them!

The following member institutions have provided contact information. Some of the professors have also provided a short paragraph about their department. (FYI, this list will be periodically updated.)

Send an email to a professor. Ask them about their programs and opportunities in the geosciences. Remember to mention your status with the Ventures Scholars Program!

The following member institutions have provided contact information. Some of the professors have also provided a short paragraph about their department.

Bucknell University, Brown University, Cal Poly, Calvin College, Carleton College, Calvin College, Colby College, College of William and Mary, Denison University , DePauw University, Dickinson College, Elmhurst College, Fort Lewis College, Florida International University, Gannon University, Georgia State University, Hope College, Indiana University, Juniata College, Lawrence University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mercyhurst College, Miami University, Pomona College, Purdue University, Randolph-Macon College, Rutgers University, Smith College, St. Lawrence University, Stony Brook University (SUNY), Susquehanna University, Union College, United States Naval Academy, University of Arizona, University at Buffalo (SUNY), University of South Dakota, Vassar College, Vanderbilt University, Virginia Tech, Wellesley College

Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA
Dr. Christopher G. Daniel
Assistant Professor of Geology
Department of Geology

Brown University
Providence, RI
Dr. Jan Tullis
Professor and Undergraduate Advisor
Department of Geological Sciences

The Department of Geological Sciences offers students many opportunities to learn about the Earth we live on, from field work to classroom study to laboratory experiments. We offer the resources of a research university with the dedication to undergraduate teaching of a small college, with a student/faculty ratio of 1:1. Students have many
opportunities to get involved in research, including oceanographic
cruises to the South Pacific, climate change study in Greenland,
seismic studies in Costa Rica, experiments bearing on the eruptive
history of Mt. St. Helens, and/or interpretation of the latest Mars Rover
data. In addition we have a recently expanded teaching and research
program in Environmental Geoscience.

Cal Poly

San Luis Obispo, CA
Dr. Brent Hallock
Earth and Soil Sciences Department
Calvin College
Rapids, MI
Ralph Stearley
Department Chair
Department of Geology, Geography & Environmental Studies

Our department offers degrees in geology, geography, and environmental studies. Some of the topics taught and studied in the department include rocks and minerals, the history of the earth, earth surface processes, human-environment interactions, urban and rural environments, and regional studies.
Carleton College
Northfield, MN
Dr. Clinton Cowan
Professor of Geology
Geology Department

Students who discover in themselves a sense of excitement about climate change, volcanoes, fossils, mountains, rivers and earthquakes, will find a good home at Carleton College. Founded by Dr. Laurence McKinley Gould, former president of the College and one of the first geologists to explore Antarctica, the geology department retains a spirit of exploration and adventure. Fieldwork in the out of doors is central to our curriculum.
Carleton College
Northfield, MN
Dr. Clinton Cowan
Professor of Geology
Geology Department

Students who discover in themselves a sense of excitement about climate change, volcanoes, fossils, mountains, rivers and earthquakes, will find a good home at Carleton College. Founded by Dr. Laurence McKinley Gould, former president of the College and one of the first geologists to explore Antarctica, the geology department retains a spirit of exploration and adventure. Fieldwork in the out of doors is central to our curriculum.
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
Dr. Gerald Matisoff
Professor and Chair
Department of Geological Sciences
Colby College
Waterville, ME
Dr. Robert Gastaldo
Professor of Geology
Department of Geology

College of William and Mary, The
Williamsburg, VA
Dr. Heather Macdonald
Professor and Department
Department of Geology

Denison University
Granville, OH
Dr. David Greene
Department of Geosciences

DePauw University
Greencastle, IN
Dr. Scott Wilkerson
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Geosciences

The goal of the Department of Geosciences is to expose students to the complex interplay of Earth systems through active, hands-on learning. Therefore, a DePauw education in the Geosciences goes far beyond the traditional classroom. Students work in modern laboratories with extensive mineral, rock, fossil, and map collections. They use computers to model complex systems and simulate geological processes. They receive training on emerging technological tools such as GPS (global positioning systems) and GIS (geographic information systems). They participate on field trips that take them to some of the best geological exposures in the world. Many students spend a summer working closely with faculty on important research problems using state-of-the-art instrumentation. These student- faculty collaborations commonly result in student presentations at national meetings and co-authored publications in refereed journals.

Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA
Dr. Marcus M. Key, Jr.
Department of Geology

Elmhurst College
Elmhurst, IL
Dr. Mike Lindberg, Associate Professor and Department Chair
Geography and Geosciences

Elmhurst’s major in geography links the social and natural sciences, and offers a broad foundation in geography and geosciences. Our new major in environmental geosciences builds an understanding of natural sciences and prepares you for careers that require an understanding of environmental principles. Both majors offer an interdisciplinary curriculum, combined with plenty of hands-on experiences.

The department also offers minors in geography and GIS and two programs leading to teacher certification.

Fort Lewis College
Durango, CO
Jim Collier
Chair and Professor of Geosciences
Dept. of Geosciences

Our department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Geology, Environmental Geology and Earth Science for Secondary Teachers. The study of geosciences is strengthened by Fort Lewis College’s proximity to the remarkable natural geological laboratory in the Southern Rocky Mountains and adjacent areas of the Southwest. The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Shiprock and the San Juan mining district are representative of classical geological localities nearby.

Florida International University
Miami, FL
Bradford M. Clement
Professor and Chair
Department of Earth Sciences

Gannon University
Erie, PA
Dr. Harry R. Diz
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Environmental Science & Engineering

Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA
Dr. Timothy La Tour
Associate Professor of Geology
Department of Geology

Hope College
Holland, Michigan
Travis Goldwire, Admissions Representative
Admissions Office

At Hope College we offer a geology major and an environmental science minor that helps students acquire the background they need to be successful environmental and geological scientists. Our program is based on the premise that this background should meet the following goals.

A solid preparation in one of the academic majors at Hope College. An understanding of the perspective this discipline brings to environmental science. A broad interdisciplinary understanding of environmental science. Knowledge of how environmental issues affect and are affected by politics and economics. An ability to work in a team with scientists and non-science professionals from other disciplines.
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Indiana University
Bloomington, IN
Dr. Abhijit Basu
Geological Sciences

With a heritage dating back to 1840, the Department of Geological Sciences has entered the 21st Century as one of the most vital and growing units of Indiana University. The outstanding success of a recent endowment campaign is resulting in significant new hiring of faculty, at senior ranks in endowed professorships and chairs, as well as in more junior positions. This expansion provides prospective students with exceptional opportunities for research, training, and funding at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Join us!

Juniata College
Huntingdo, PA
Dr. Laurence Mutti
Department of Geology

Whether you seek a sense of the place you live, an answer to the challenge of resources supplies, or a resolution to the problems of pollution or natural hazards, GEOLOGY is THE science that connects you to your surroundings. Where better than in the Valley and Ridge of Pennsylvania, where you are immersed in a landscape you can love, and understand?

Lawrence University
Appleton, WI
Dr. Marcia Bjornerud
Geology Department

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
Dr. Vicki McKenna
Education Director
Department of Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Science

Mercyhurst College
St. Erie, PA
Dr. Andy Breckenridge
Assistant Professor of Geology
Department of Geology

Miami University
Oxford, OH
Dr. William K. Hart
Professor and Chair
Director of Geology
Geology Field Station

Pomona College
Claremont, CA
Dr. Linda Reinen
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Geology

Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
Nancy Stewart
Academic Counselor
Dept. of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Students in Purdue University’s Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences learn about earth science phenomena which affect our daily life and prepare for careers that include protecting our environment, determining the sources of earthquakes and landslides, investigating the past or future through plate tectonics or fossil discoveries, and teaching.

Randolph-Macon College
Ashland, VA
Dr. Michael Fenster
Environmental Studies Program

The Environmental Studies Program trains students to analyze and provide realistic solutions to environmental problems. To that end, our studentslearn to become interdisciplinary thinkers, and also to develop an area of expertise. Students can choose geology as their area of expertise and use their knowledge of the earth sciences in an interdisciplinary team problem-solving approach. To date, students have offered solutions for cleaning and restoring local streams, for protecting endangered species habitat, and for mitigating beach erosion problems in the Chesapeake Bay and
eastern shore of Virginia.

Rutgers University
Piscataway, NJ
Dr. Gail Ashley
Department of Geological Sciences

Smith College
Northampton, MA
Dr. Robert Newton
Department of Geology

St. Lawrence University
Canton, NY
Dr. John Bursnall
Associate Professor

Stony Brook University (SUNY)
Stony Brook, NY
Dr. Teng-fong Wong
Professor of Geophysics and Chair
Department of Geosciences

Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, PA
Dr. Daniel Ressler
Associate Professor
Department of Earth/Environmental Science

Susquehanna University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers courses and research experiences in the areas of geology, hydrology, atmospheric science, environmental science, and ecology. We also offer teaching certification in Environmental Science and Earth and Space Science. Students are encouraged to pursue internships, research alongside their professors, and field experiences off-campus. Our website is

Union College
Schenectady, NY

The Geoscience program at Union College is strong and well-equipped. Our program offers a solid foundation in geologic science that enables students to be competitive in the job market and successful in graduate or professional school. Our courses emphasize field work and sophisticated lab investigations. The Geosciences are closely linked to the Environmental Studies Program, which is an interdisciplinary program focused on science and policy. Geology majors frequently study in related disciplines such as Engineering, Economics, Chemistry, Political Science, Biology, or Physics. Union has a Graduate School of Education (MAT and MST teacher training and certification) and qualified students can enter these programs on an accelerated track.

United States Naval Academy
Annapolis, MD
Dr. Jessie Carman
Oceanography Department

USNA's Oceanography major gives future naval officers practical and theoretical knowledge of the ocean environment and builds a sound academic foundation for future graduate study in any technical discipline. An interdisciplinary science major, Oceanography involves the study of meteorology, geophysics, physics, chemistry, biology and geology as they relate to the ocean environment.

University of Arizona, The
Tucson, Arizona
Ann Chase, Program Coordinator

The Department of Geosciences at The University of Arizona focuses on research and education dealing with the nature, genesis, and history of the Earth and its crust, and with the evolution of the environment and biota at the Earth's surface. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches to research in the geosciences, both within the department and through interdepartmental programs. For more information, please visit our website:

University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Buffalo, NY
Tracy K. Gregg
Associate Professor
Department of Geology

The Department of Geology at the University at Buffalo is home to internationally renowned faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities. Our Signature Program in Geohazards serves as umbrella for our research programs in volcanology, environmental geosciences, climate change, and integrated tectonics and stratigraphy. Information can be found on our webpage (

University of Georgia
Athens, GA
Dr. Mike Roden
Department of Geology

University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD
Dr. Timothy Heaton
Professor and Chair
Department of Earth Science/Physics

Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY
Brian G. McAdoo
Associate Professor
Department of Geology and Geography

It is the job of geoscientists to understand the earths environment as it is today, and could be in the future, based on the past.  Our department focuses on human interactions with this environment- from the health of the local stream to the advantages of sustainable agriculture and how environmental issues (for example natural disasters and pollution) adversely affect poor and minority populations.  Our graduates go on to careers as environmental scientists, planetary geologists, farmers, oil and gas explorers and teachers, just to name a few.

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
Dr. David Jon Furbish
Professor and Chair of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Virginia Tech
Blackburg, VA
Dr. Robert J. Tracey
Department Chair
Department of Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences offers opportunities for students with an interest in applying a full range of scientific and mathematical skills to examine the earth's properties and dynamic processes. Course work in geosciences emphasizes the acquisition, processing, and interpretation of field data, as well as written and verbal communication skills.

Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA
Margaret D. Thompson, Professor of Geosciences, Department Chair
Geosciences Department

To make wise decisions about such issues as resource development, waste management, environmental protection, and land use will require of all of us a greater scientific literacy in general and an understanding of the geosciences in particular. Geoscientists address these issues by studying earthquakes, volcanoes, and floods; locating oil, gas, and ore deposits; planning water supplies or pursuing other studies related to the earth, working for industry, government, or academic institutions. A major goal of our geosciences curriculum is to provide all students, not just geosciences majors, with an understanding of these and other issues that will help them to make wise decisions about the future. Numerous summer research grants are also available in this field.


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