February 3, 2022

Artic REU Greenland-Summer Undergrad Research Opportunity 

Artic REU Greenland is an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site led by Concord University (West Virginia) and Montana State University.  The REU is focused on field research in Precambrian metamorphic rocks integrating geologic mapping, structural geology, and earthquake geodynamics

Field work in Greenland is scheduled for June 23 to August 4, 2022 (pandemic dependent).

Applicants should be undergraduates with a planned graduation of no earlier than December 2022.
Should have completed or be enrolled in a course in mineralogy, petrology, or Earth materials.
Coursework in structual geology and/or field geology or field methods is useful.
NSF requires participants to be US citizens or permanent residents.  
First-generaltion college students or members of under-respresented groups highly encouraged to apply.

For more information:
REU website:
Application deadline:  February 7, 2022
Contact information:  Joe Allen, Concord University,, or Colin Shaw, Montana State University

Departmental Scholarships Applications Available

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences wants to give students some money!! To apply for the scholarships please go 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 (

COS Scholarship Opportunities

Good news!  It is that time of year, scholarship time.  The deadline for the College of Science Scholarship application is due February 11th by 4:00 pm.  For more information please click here:  

There is also information there about about the Student Undergraduate Research awards that will be awarded in the fall, as well as a link for the WEST scholarship.

Position Available

The UGS Groundwater and Wetlands Program has posted for a career-track position in hydrogeology. 

Applications are made through

The UGS website is

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 two great clubs:  The Geology Club and Sigma Gamma Epsilon Club.  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
Treasurer: Cole Stern


Position Available

Student callers needed.  Are you looking for a flexible job on campus?  The WSU call center hires only WSU students.  Learn viable skills and raise donations from alumni and friends of Weber State University .
Apply online! enter code: Weber 22S

Office of Sustainability Poster Contest

Are you working on a class project, or an internship that relates to sustainability? Consider entering a poster to the Intermountain Sustainability Summit’s Student Poster Contest now through Tuesday, February 15, 2022. Posters can be based on the following topics:

  • Sustainability Research (Undergraduate & Graduate)
  • Green Design (e.g., architectural, landscape, engineering/technology)
  • Sustainability Education and Community Engagement
  • Sustainability in Action (e.g., program, policy, advocacy successes)
  • Sustainability in Creative Arts and Humanities
  • Green Economy

For more information click here:   

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.

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 11, from 12:30 - 1:20 pm 
Speaker:  Dr. Patrick Belmont, Professor and Head, Department of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University.  He will be speaking on "Wildfires & Utah's Reservoirs".

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. 

Fullbright Opportunity

Fulbright Program: 
Creates connections in a complex changing world.

This is a U.S. Government Flagship International Exchange Program, and opportunity for U.S. college graduates/graduate students, and young professionals of all backgrounds.
Click here for more information: and

General Presentation Session GPS:
Date:  March 7, 2022
Time:  1:00-2:00 pm
POC:  Dr. Rebekah Cumpsty

**IIE Fulbright Staff and Alumni Ambassors will present information about the program's history, eligibility, award types, award benefits, and applications components and tips.


Wyoming Dinosaur Center Summer 2022 Internship Program.  This unique internship allows students an opportunity to dig dinosaur bones in several active dinosaur quarries.  You will be trained on the proper techniques of excavation, mapping, and preparation. You will also be working with the public through many digging programs and giving tours.

12-week, 8-week, and 6-week sessions available with flexible scheduing. Research projects are also available.

Have an interest in Dinosaurs
Be at least 21 years old.
Valid drivers license for minimum of 2 years
Weekly Stipend
Housing Provided

For questionnaires and application, please email:
Submit application by February 28th, 2022
May 16th-September 14th

Spring COVID-19 Information:

Information from WSU about Covid updates for the Upcoming Semester:

Campus Protocols
  • Symptomatic testing and vaccination availability varies. Check the testing and safety and the vaccines pages for times, days and locations. Testing locations are also available at the Utah coronavirus website. 
  • All individuals need to assess themselves for symptoms of illness before coming to campus and to stay home if they are symptomatic. Visit the WSU COVID-19 website for more information.
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended while on campus.
    • A limited-supply of additional masks will be available during class. Please be respectful and supportive of your fellow Wildcats.
  • Students needing accommodations should contact Disability Services to discuss your specific situation.
  • For the latest information about campus support service availability, please visit the Keeping Connected website.
Virus Mitigation Protocols
  • Weber State strongly encourages all university faculty and staff to be vaccinated. A COVID-19 vaccination is required for all students, except for concurrent enrollment students and students who qualify for an exemption, for the 2022 spring semester. See the vaccines page for times, days and locations and more information.
  • If you test positive for the coronavirus:
  • If you suspect you have contracted COVID-19 by having symptoms:
    • Immediately go home (unless you are already at home) and self-isolate.
    • Make an appointment to get tested.
    • Complete the self-report form.
    • If not recommended to be tested or if your test is negative, you should follow the guidance provided by your healthcare provider before returning to campus.
  • Engage in good general hygiene practices.
The EES Department also strongly encourages that all students wear masks while in the classroom. 

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 - Ice

Naturally occurring ice may be classified as a mineral. Due to its low melting point, this mineral is often short-lived. Ice may take on many different habits, but often crystallizes as complex six sided crystals. Ice also has a unique structure which gives it several interesting properties, such as the ability to float. To learn more about this under-appreciated mineral, please click here. 

Photo of the Week:

Photo of the week: Storm clouds over a small hot spring pond in Nevada. Image by Sara Summers.

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