January 20, 2022

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 (

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.

Dr. Wei Zhang, USU Assistant Professor, Plant, Soils & Climate.  He will be speaking on "Climate Change Forecast for Utah".

Please join us on Friday, Jan. 28 from 12:30 - 1:20 pm 

Location: Tracy Hall Science Center Room 217

For more information please go to:

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

Fulbright 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.

Student Judges Needed for WSD STEM Fair

Weber School District needs judges for their Science Fair.  This is a great opportunity for community service hours.

Weber School District Stem Fair
Weber County Fair Grounds
When:  Tuesday, January 25th
Time:  8:15 am - 12:15 pm
Breakfast patries and lunch will be provided.
To volunteer, click here:
Questions: or call:  801-913-9135

Career and Internship Fair

Join us for the Career and Internship Fair where you will have the opportunity to connect and network with possible future employers. Professional attire and resumes are highly encouraged.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022
  • Shepherd Union Ballrooms
  • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Virtual Option:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022
  • 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Login to Handshake prior to the event to register and sign up for one-on-one sessions


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 sesions 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 - Flourite

Fluorite is a colorful mineral that is found  all around the world. While named for its use as a flux ('fluere' means to flow), the element fluorine and fluorescence were both  named after this mineral. To learn more about fluorite and its many uses, please click here. 

Photo of the Week:

Photo of the Week: Farmington Bay viewed from Antelope Island. Image by Sara Summers.

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Volcan del Fuego photo submitted by Dr. Marek Matyjasik

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