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Graduate Program

Graduate education, leading either to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Geology or Geophysics, is a major focus of the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming.

At UW you'll find: 

  • A top-notch faculty. Our faculty is dedicated to distinction in research and graduate education. Faculty research is characterized by numerous interdisciplinary collaborations and a remarkably collegial atmosphere.
  • A large department with stimulating peers. Students interact with ~26 faculty, a graduate student population of ~40, and undergraduate majors numbering about 140. There's always someone to learn from, and to share an idea with.
  • Exciting research opportunities. Our faculty conduct world-class research in fields as diverse as surface chemistry and marine seismology, in locations from Greenland to the Puna Plateau in Argentina.
  • Cutting-edge and diverse research groups. Our faculty are involved in nine different research groups: geochemistry, geohydrology, geophysics and seismology, paleo-science, petrology, isotope geology, sedimentology, petroleum geology, structural geology and tectonics, and surface processes.
  • The graduate experience. Excellence in graduate student mentoring is a key goal of our department. Your program is custom-designed between you, your major professor and your advisory committee.
  • A supportive environment. We are committed to providing a supportive - yet challenging - research environment for our students. Graduate student life is characterized by a remarkable sense of collaboration and an esprit-de-corps.
  • State-of-the-art facilities. Our department has top-notch computer, laboratory, material characterization, aqueous geochemistry and isotope chemistry laboratories. We have scanning and transmission electron microscopes, electron microprobe, MC-ICPMS and XRD & XRF.
  • Competitive stipend support. Virtually all of our graduate students are supported on research or teaching assistantships, including several endowed, honorary fellowships.

If you're looking for a stimulating, collegial, well-supported research department with a focus on distinction, then look no further!

Applications to begin our graduate degree program in the Fall 2020 will be accepted between October 1, 2019 - January 15, 2020. Applications arriving after that date may be considered until the program is filled.



Graduate Student Quin Miller Receives Grants for Dissertation Research

January 19, 2023 ‖ Graduate student Quin Miller was recently awarded three grants that will support his dissertation research concerning unconventional reservoir rock pore network evolution. Miller’s submission to The Clay Minerals Society (CMS) was the highest ranked student research proposal, making him the recipient of the 2016 Robert C. Reynolds, Jr. Research Award. This $2,480 award also includes one year of CMS membership. Additionally, Miller received a $2,000 student research scholarship from the Unconventional Reservoir Special Interest Group of The Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts. Lastly, Miller was granted the 2016 Spackman Award by The Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP). Miller had the highest rated proposal and will receive $1,000 from TSOP to apply to his research. All three awards will help support Miller’s neutron scattering, microscopy, and experimental activities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, and the University of Wyoming. Quinn is advised by Associate Professor John Kaszuba.

Graduate Students Jason Alexander and Mat Dunlop Receive GSA Research Grants

January 19, 2023 ‖ Graduate students Jason Alexander (Ph.D.) and Mat Dunlop (Ph.D.) were both recently awarded research grants from the Geological Society of America (GSA).

UW Researchers: History Shows More Big Wildfires Likely as Climate Warms

January 19, 2023 ‖ The history of wildfires over the past 2,000 years in a northern Colorado mountain range indicates that large fires will continue to increase as a result of a warming climate, according to a new study led by a University of Wyoming doctoral student.

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Department of Geology and Geophysics

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: 307-766-3386

Fax: 307-766-6679


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