February 17, 2022

Happy Presidents' Day!

Happy Presidents' Day!
Just a reminder that we will not be holding classes on Monday, February 21st.

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 (

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 Friday, February 25, from 12:30 - 1:20 pm 
Speaker: Dr. Weihong Wang, Associate Professor, Earth Science Department, Utah Valley University
Presentation:  Water Quality & Utah Lake

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. 

Student Health Center

Did you know that you can make an appointment with the Student Health Center for care with common illness, injuries, lab testing, reproductive healthcare, flu shots and more. 

Go to:

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

Sustainability Office Position available

The Sustainability office has a position available.
Pay for the position is $12 and includes $750/semester tuition assistance.
The Community Garden Coordinator does require gardening experience
To apply go to:

Sustainability Office Position available

The Sustainability office has a position available.
Pay for the position is $12 and includes $750/semester tuition assistance.
The Zero Water Coordinator is open to all majors.
To apply go to:

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

Sustainability Leadership Scholarship

NEW $1,000-$5,000 Sustainability Leadership Scholarship
Thanks to the generous support of a local donor, the Jeanne A. Evenden Sustainability Leadership Scholarship is available to support junior, senior and graduate students who are enrolled full- or part-time in a field related to sustainability (e.g., Energy Engineering, Environmental Sciences or Studies, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Geography, Environment & Sustainability). Consideration will also be given to students enrolled in studies with an environmental/sustainability focus such as biology, botany, ecology, hydrology, journalism, natural resource management, political science, zoology or any other relevant field. 

Interested students should have completed the FAFSA form for next year and submitted a short personal essay regarding their sustainability interests and engagement. Awards of $1000-$5000 towards the 2022-23 academic year will be made for 1-5 students.  Full details on the criteria for this scholarship and the link to the submission form can be found hereThe deadline to apply is March 1st.

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!

Sick Care Package

The Weber Cares Pantry and the Done-in-a-Day team are looking to collect:  tissues, cough drops, sprite/ginger ale, saltines, soup, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, chapstick, water bottles/ gatorade, hot and cold packs, ziplocks, etc.

February 15-March 1st

Drop off Boxes located at:
Stewart Library
Dumke College
CCEL Office
Money Management
SIL Office
Non-Trad Office

Internship Opportunity

AgReserves GIS paid Internship opportunity available,
40 hours a week.
This position is for recent graduates but will work with current students as well.
It is a practical, mentored, hands-on position to gain exposure using GIS tools to produce cartographic products for the broad needs of agriculture and land-based company. 
The position involves working with other departments to identify GIS needs which includes digitally maintaining fields/pastures, roads, legal deeds, and water-related data sets.  
For more information, or to apply click here.

GIS Temporary Position Available

Utah Geological Survey 
GIS Analyst Temporary Positions
March to September 2022
Resumes will be accepted through February 24th, 5 pm.

The Utah Geological Survey is seeking three temporary employees with current GIS knowledge and skills to join our team as GIS Analysts.  Each position will work closely with talented and motivated GIS analysts, cartographers, and geologist to prepare geologic maps for publication and convert the maps into the new federal Geologic Mapping Schema (GeMS).

These positions will begin in early March and are funded through September 23, 2022 (with possible extension), will be fulltime (40 hours a week, with the possibility of flexible schedules).  Pay range is between $18 and $22 per hour (no benefits) and depends on experience.  The positions will be located at the Department of Natural Resources building in Salt Lake City, Utah, but you may still be able to complete some to most of your work remotely.

-At least 2 years full-time equivalent GIS experience as past employment. 
-Experience using ESRI's ArcGIS Suite, Global Mapper, and/or other GIS-related programs.
-Strong understanding of cartography and cartographic standards.
-Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
-Problem-solving skills, innovative thinking, close attention to detail.
-Ability to quickly adapt to new technologies and keep skills current.
-Strong verbal and written communication skills.

To apply, email a short letter and resume to:
Star Soliz, Employment Officer, (
Cyndi Andersen, GIS Manager, (
Questions:  Call UGS Main Office at 801-537-3300

WSUSA Student Elections

Student elections are February 26- March 4th
**Run for College of Science Senator**
For more information, visit:
or email -

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

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.

Connect with Us for Advising

It is the start of a sparkling, brand new 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 -Gypsum

Gypsum is a common mineral that has many industrial applications. Gypsum often forms through the evaporation of mineral rich waters. This mineral is commonly found in Utah. To learn more about gypsum, please click here

Photo of the Week:

Photo of the Week: The Bitterroot Mountains near Corvallis, Montana. Image by Doug Smith. 

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