March 3, 2022

Spring Break

Our office will work remotely next week from March 9 to March 11. 
If you would like to leave a message please send your emails to, or you can leave a message at 801-626-7139 and we will get back with you upon our return to the office.  

Departmental Scholarships Applications Available

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences wants to give students some money!! To apply for the scholarships please go to the EES office and pick up an application from the front desk or the major's room. 

Only members of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences are eligible for the scholarships. We are sorry, but members of the Environmental Sciences Program are not eligible. 

Applications are due by Friday, March 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm.
Applications may be either dropped off at the Front Desk or emailed to Dr. Matyjasik (

AEG Utah Chapter Meeting

This month's meeting is on March 24, 5:30-7:30 PM (Thursday)
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, 1313 S. Foothill Dr.  SLC
Speaker will be AEG Jahns Distinguished Lecturer- Richard M. Wooten, P.G.  Dr. Wooten will present on Debris flows, Big Slow Movers, and Rock Slides:  Assembling the Geospatial Legacy of Landslides using Lidar, Drones, and Boots on the Ground.

Please RSVP HERE if you plan to attend in person.

Join AEG Utah Chapter March Zoom Meeting Access

Meeting ID: 224 111 0183
Passcode: Rick-Ut

Weber Science House Party 2022

Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Bell Tower Plaza
9:20 am to 1:30 pm.

First 200 participatants to register at the event get a Weber Science Tumbler.

Wear green and play games to earn raffle tickets for the chance to win gift cards, college swag items, and other fun prizes.

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 
March 4th-Dr. Rachel Shilton- River Basin Planning.  Utah Division of Water Resources. 2021 Water Resources Plan for Utah.
March 11th- Spring Break, No seminar.
March 16-18th- Intermountain Sustainability Summit, 2022 Virtual Conference.
March 25th-  Panel discussion - Great Salt Lake's Water.
Dr. Bonnie Baxter & Jaimi Butler- Westminister College.
Lynn DeFreitas- Friends of Great Salt Lake.
Dr. Carla Trentelman, Sociology, Weber State University.
April 1st- Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada.  Professor & Program Director, Environment and Society,  Utah State University. - Water Regulation & Policy.
April 8th- Drew Hodge, Water Conservation and Sustainability Weber State University. -Water Planning in Utah.
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. 


We are almost halfway through the semester and registration time is approaching. Please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor or faculty advisors to start planning your courses for next year. 

COVID Changes to Testing on Campus

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

We will continue our COVID-19 testing in the Shepherd Union room 312 after Feb. 25.

Testing will continue to be available in the Dee Events Center parking lot through the end of March.  Pre-registration is required beforehand at  For more information, visit

Begining Feb. 28, the Department of Public Safety will have a limited number of take-home testing kits available to members of the campus community.

These tests will be reserved for individuals 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 am to 2 pm, until supplies run out.

Internship Opportunity

Heads up, there will be an opening in the Department of Environmental Quality (DERR) in the Petroleum Tank Section.  We will have the official details soon. 

Geologist Position

McKay Mineral Exploration (MME) is looking for a New Geologist.
MME is a mineral exploration company based in South Ogden, Utah. 
Position offers experience that transfers into other careers in geology such as:  environmental, mining, regulatory, engineering, geophysics, and hydology.
Will train you to be proficient in in the use of, but not limited to:

  • Compass and GPS, both hand-held and sub-meter GPS units
  • Scintillometers, magnetometers
  • Drones
  • Core drill
  • ATVs and other four-wheel drive vehicles
  • For more information contact:  Stephen McKay, owner or call 801-791-7766

2022 SLC AWG Scholarships and Awards now open

Association for Women Geoscientists
2022 SLC Chapter Scholarships now open for application!
Visit the SLC AWG website: for more details and to apply.
  • Susan Ekdale Field Camp Scholarship- up to $3000
  • Lee Allison Professional Development Award- up to $800
  • Student Research Scholarship (undergraduate & graduate) - up to $500
  • Ourstanding Student Award (undergraduate and graduate) - up to $750

Deadline to apply:  March 16, 2022

Propel Scholarship

The Weber State Mathematics and Science Propel Project is pleased to announce applications for 2022-2023 Propel Scholarships.  This Scholarships project offers full cost of attendance, two-year scholarships to students finishing a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) degree and completing coursework to secure a science or mathematics teaching endorsement.  In exchange for receiving this scholarship, scholars pledge to teach two years in a local, high needs, school district.   As part of this scholarship, scholars will also be placed with exceptional master teachers in these local districts where you will learn about the art of teaching while completing yor WSU coursework.

The scholarship applications are now open.  Apply using this link:    The priority deadline for the application is Saturday, March 5 by 11:59 PM.

If you have any question about the scholarship or application process, please feel free to contact) Rachel Bachman, or Adam Johnston (

The 2022 Intermountain Sustainability Summit is coming

The 2022 Intermountain Sustainability Summit is coming March 16th-18th.
Our largest event of the year is almost here. Presenters from a wide range of disciplines will converge online to discuss, learn, and collaborate. Highlights include over 50 speakers including two keynotes, workshops, student poster contest, and sustainability-focused art. Registration is open and, since it is being held virtually, you can join, contribute, and learn from wherever you are!

Sustainability Research Awards

Every year the Sustainability Practices and Research Center (SPARC) recognizes exceptional Sustainability Research Projects that have been completed by students and faculty alike.  The recognition is accompanied by a cash award. 

For consideration, the application form and any supporting documents must be completed/submitted by April 1.  Questions?  Please contact the review committee chair, Dr. Gavin Roberts,, who serves on the Environmental Initiatives Committee.

For more information click here.

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

We are half way through this semester.  This is the perfect time to make sure that you are on track to meet your goals for this year and the future!  Please see us to 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 -Corundum

Corundum is a beautiful mineral that comes in a wide array of colors. Often better known by its gemstone names of ruby and sapphire, this mineral has been highly prized for centuries. Due to corundum's high hardness it is often used in industry. To learn more about this mineral, please click here

Photo of the Week:

Roxolana Athalye at Arizona Lab,  Photo submitted by Kristi Rasmussen.

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