April 7, 2022

Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor Award

Our own, Dr. Michael Hernandez, was nominated and selected for the Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor Award.  
Dr. Hernandez is the Director of the Northern Utah Geospatial Technology Education Program.  He has been a member of the Earth and Environmental Sciences department since 2003.  During his tenure, he has demonstrated excellence in research, teaching, service and administration, earning the support and respect of his colleagues across many colleges and departments at Weber State University.
He has a vision of building an interdisciplinary geospatial education center that serves Northern Utah and illustrates his dedication to teaching, research and service WSU.
Michael is a fantastic faculty member, colleague, and mentor.  He is incredibly deserving of this award.
Congratulations Dr. Hernandez on your well deserved award!!

WSU Undergraduate Research Symposium Awards

The Outstanding Researcher Awards and Outstanding Mentor Awards recognize students and mentors for their contributions to undergraduate research.  The recipients are being honored for their dedication to undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activities over the last year.
The 2022 Oustanding Mentor Award goes to Dr. Carie Frantz.  This award recognizes excellence among faculty in the promotion and participation in undergraduate research, scholarly, and creattive attributes.  

The 2022 Oustanding Team Collaboration Award goes to EES students: Roxolana Athalye, Aybree DeGrange-Huffaker, Cecilia Gibby, Rebekah Nilson, Celina Patino, Charise Penrod, Cole Stern & Laura Wilcox. This award recognizes students for their achievements and contribution to undergraduate reserch.   

We are so happy for Dr. Carie Frantz and our awesome students.  A great big Congratulations!!

GEO 4890

We are offering GEO 4890 (Cooperative Work Experience), to be taught by Dr. Rick Ford for both the Summer and Fall Semesters.  This is a continuation of GEO 2890.  It is open to all students.  We have both a 1 and 2 credit class.  Please contact our to our office for more information. 

Geoscience and Society Lectures

The popular Geoscience and Society lectures are back! Join us every Friday for an amazing line-up of speakers presenting on interesting and important topics. 

Please join us on Fridays, from 12:30 - 1:20 pm 

April 8th- Dr. Clint Carney, "Role of Water Banks in Addressing Water Insecurity in the U.S. West", Department of Environment and Society, Utah State University.

April 15th- Panel discussion - Local Water Policy.
Jon Parry, Weber Basin Water Conservancy District
Ken Richey, Ogden City Council

April 22-  Student Presentation - Water-Related Policy Summaries.

Zoom link (meeting password: 907634)
***Videos of guest lectures will be posted within a week of each seminar on the website.

For more information please go to:

We would like to thank Dr. Carie Frantz for organizing this seminar series. 

Summer Student Internship Opportunity

Utah Geological Survey Hazards program is offering volunteer internships for Weber students summer or fall semesters for 1 or 2 credit hours.

If interested email or Dr. Ford at and indicate which semester you want to volunteer.

Internships are performed remotely from the comfort of your computer and are good introductions to geotechnical geologist jobs.

Entry Level Junior Geologists and Field Technicians

Jr. Geologists and Field Technician positions are for full-time and part-time work.
Looking for individuals who have a strong work ethic, sound understanding of geology, a willingness to do field work, doing labor, and work in a team setting.

  • Must be able to hike long distances in remote environments
  • Must be a self-starter and self-motivator
  • Be comfortable working alone outside
  • Have basic mechanic skills (i.e.: field repairs)
  • Be a team player
  • Know how to use a GPS
  • Know basic first aid
  • Be able to hike for 8+hrs a day, for multiple days
Know the principles of off-roading and 4WD

Pay:  $250-350/day

How to apply

Summer Opportunity

Summer Opportunity Available:
The Mercur Project on the southwestern side of the Oquirrh Mountains,

This mineral exploration program is looking for 1-2 undergraduate students.
Interns will be working on the drilling program, sample logistics, geotech logging, working with the database/geologic model, geologic logging and mapping.

Please send questions and resume this week to:
Steph E. Mills

GEO-hazard Early Warning Systems to Protect Vulnerable Populations

Please join AGI "American Geosciences Institutes" next webinar:  Geo-hazard Early Warning systems to protect Vulnerable Populations.
Date:  22 April 2022from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT. 

This free webinar, featuring two Geoscientists without Borders® (GWB) humanitarian projects, provides information about the challenges and ways forward for implementing hazard early warning systems in data sparse locations to protect vulnerable populations. Our speakers will discuss geophysical methods carried out to build a robust database aimed at predicting natural disasters, such as landslides and earthquakes, ultimately to improve existing models and advance warning times for populations in high-risk hazard locations.

Speakers are:
Dr. Václav Kuna, Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Geophysics, Czech Academy of Sciences
NepalEEW: Testing the feasibility of an Earthquake Early Warning System in Nepal

Dr. Thomas Oomen, Professor of Geological Engineering, Director of Computational Science and Engineering PhD Program, Michigan Technological University.
Landslide Early Warning in a Data Sparse Region, Challenges and Way Forward: The case of Idukki, Western Ghats, India

For more information and to register for this event, please visit:

Rock and Mineral Show

The Golden Spike Gem and Mineral Society is hosting their annual Gemstone Junction Rock Show for the first time in two years! Come and check out all of the fun displays and check out, or even buy, some cool rock, mineral, and fossil specimens. Be sure to swing by the Touch Table and say hi to some of our EES students!

Where: Golden Spike Arena in Ogden
When: April 8: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
April 9: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
April 10: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Entrance Donations for adults is $3.00, kids, 12 and under are free. 

COVID Changes to Testing on Campus

COVID-19 Testing (updated 03/18/2022)

As the demand for COVID-19 testing on campus decreases, we are making the following changes to our campus testing resources.

  • Drive-thru testing  is available in the Dee Events Center parking lot. Pre-registration is required beforehand through Select the Ogden testing location at 4400 Harrison Blvd. While you do not have to select a specific testing time, you must pre-register for the day you'd like to be tested.
  • The Department of Public Safety has a limited number of take-home testing kits available to members of the campus community who are symptomatic or who have been identified through contact tracing as having high exposure. Test kits can be picked up from the Public Safety Building Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., until supplies run out.
  • COVID-19 testing at the Student Health Center and Shephard Union on WSU's Ogden campus has closed.

Free testing opportunites are also available at It is imperative you take your temperature and self monitor prior to coming to campus for classes. If you have a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms, stay home.

Geo Clubs:

We are thrilled that you are part of our Earth and Environmental Sciences family.  Now that you are here, come join the fun.  We have three great clubs:  The Geology Club, Sigma Gamma Epsilon Club, and Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists.  Stay tuned for some fun activities in the future. 

Here's our officers for 2021-2022:
Geology Club:
President: Rory Keefer
Vice President:  Judy Smith
Secretary:  Kara Olsen
Treasurer:  Cole Stern

SGE (Sigma Gamma Epsilon):
President:  Nicholas Bentley
Vice-President: Riggs Murdock
Secretary:  Judy Smith
Treasurer: Aybree Huffaker

AEG (Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists):
President:  Aybree Huffacker
Vice-President:  Rory Keefer
Treasurer: Cole Stern
Secretary:  Logan Knight

Connect with Us for Advising

The end of the school year is coming quickly! Prepare for next year by meeting with your advisor! Come and meet with us make sure that you are on track to meet your goals for this year and the future!  We can also discuss the different majors, class options, and course schedules. If you haven't talked with us in a while, please find you advisor below and email him or her to get an appointment set up to make sure that you are on the right track for your future graduation.

We want to help save you time, effort & money -- come see us!

All New EES Majors: Dr. Marek Matyjasik
All Graduating Seniors (Fall 2021/Spring 2022): Dr. Marek Matyjasik
Geology: Dr. Adolph Yonkee (Geology co-advisor Dr. Liz Balgord is on sabbatical for the 2021 - 2022 year)
Applied Environmental Geosciences: Dr. Marek Matyjasik 
Earth Science Teaching: Dr. Dave Matty and Dr. Caitlin Tems
Geospatial Minor or Certificate: Dr. Michael Hernandez and Dr. Ryan Frazier
Environmental Science Program*: Dr. Carie Frantz and Dr. Chris Hoagstrom (Zoology)

*Note: The Environmental Science Program is multidisciplinary degree in the College of Science, and is not a degree within the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.

Mineral of the Week -Mica

Mica is a common silicate mineral that is found in many different geologic environments. There are 37 known varieties of mica, but biotite and muscovite are the most common. Mica is used for many different purposes, and is even added to some foods with 'sparkly' coatings. To learn more about this mineral, please click here.

Photo of the Week:

WSU and USU students drilling a practice well at the WSU wellfield on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Image by Marek Matyjasik.

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