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Geology and Geophysics

  • UW geology and geophysics students sitting on rocks at the 2019 field camp

    Geology & Geophysics Field Camp, California 2019

  • UW geology and geophysics students on side of hill examining rocks

    150 students, 26 faculty, scholarship accounts worth over $620,000

  • FIG 2019 Ken Sims Yellowstone

    Prof Ken Sims and Dr Susan Swapp leading the Freshman Interest Group (FIG) in Yellowstone 2019

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    Diversity & Inclusivity: we will strive in all our endeavors to promote diversity and advance inclusion and equity in thought, perspective, culture and human identity (click image for more)

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    Ranked best value Geology Department in the country in 2019, 2020 and 2021

Department News


UW Department of Geology and Geophysics once again ranked best value for money

The Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming has been ranked No. 1 in the nation in a new 2021 “best value” list by College Factual, an online service that helps “every student get their best fit education for less”.  The rankings also take into account the average time students take to graduate, as well as the quality the school provides and the average yearly cost of attendance.

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Homecoming 2021

Cheyenne Boy Who Saved Sister To Be Honored With Reception at UW Geological Museum Nov. 12

Bridger Walker, a boy from Cheyenne who saved his little sister’s life from a charging dog in summer 2020 has a honorary exhibition on display through June 2022 at the University of Wyoming Geological Museum. News of his heroic act went global. As a result, thousands of fans sent Bridger rocks, paintings and even videos from celebrities (including Chris Evans- Captain America) recognizing his bravery,” reports Laura Vietti, collections manager for the UW Geological Museum.


Carol Frost and Susan SwappCongratulations to Carol Frost and Susan Swapp

Professor Carol Frost and Dr. Susan Swapp at their retirement party in September. A great time was had by all. You both will be sorely missed-  but I'm sure you will still be around.


grana-dario-225x270.jpgAssociate Professor Dario Grana named Wyoming Excellence Chair

The UW Wyoming Excellence chairs are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Grana is recognized for his work in advancing the development of innovative quantitative methods to improve the characterization of subsurface reservoirs. In 2014, he was honored with the Eni Award for developing an innovative method to obtain information about oil and gas reservoirs using seismic techniques.

Grana has been a champion for diversity and inclusion on the UW campus in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Tackling issues of implicit bias and systemic racism.

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Video Highlights

Department Highlights

Janet Dewey

Faculty Highlight

Janet Dewey was appointed by Gov. Mark Gordon to serve a four-year term on the Wyoming Board of Professional Geologists. The mission of the Board is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by promoting the practice of geology by professional geologists. Congratulations Janet.

Crystal Luna NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Student Highlight

Crystal Luna receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to study marine geology and geophysics for her Masters degree. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is one of the nation’s most highly competitive awards for graduate studies.

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