Students Reflect on NEGSA Experience, Part 3

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“The NE GSA 2019 meeting in Portland Maine was a valuable experience that enriched my understanding of geology. Attending presentations that ranged from glacial geology to hydrogeology enlightened me on the many different research topics geologists study. Presenting research is a great experience, albeit nerve-wracking when talking with high level academia/industry professionals (like keynote speaker Dr. Chan), as conducting research projects are an invaluable way to get field experience understanding a topic in geology that matches your interest.”

-Brendan Hughes

Along with our student presenters, up and coming students in the department also attended the meeting, and gained valuable experiences that they wished to share with you:

“As a freshman here at CSSU, this was my first GSA meeting. I’m glad to say that it was overall a great experience. I greatly enjoyed conversing with people from the many disciplines and sub-disciplines of geology. This GSA meeting certainly benefited my education and strengthened my interest in the geological sciences. I hope to repeat this great experience next year.”

-Lucas Brown

“GSA was an amazing experience that provided me with the resources to further my education and my future career. Having attended GSA, I feel more confident making professional connections and exploring the different facets of the geological sciences. Not to mention the fact that the conference was extremely educational, and a great time to see my peers present their hard work!”

-Julia Hageman-Petitt

Congratulations to all the student presenters and attendees. You are all rock stars!

 

 

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Students Reflect on NEGSA Experience, Part 2

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[Jessica Peluso (l) high-fiving fellow presenter Kaitlyn Taylor (r)]

“At GSA I had the opportunity to meet many geoscience professionals. During my presentation I was able to engage with them and gained valuable experience in communicating my research. I was nervous at first but my professors/fellow students were supportive and helped me to feel prepared. Overall it was an amazing experience and it was inspiring to see so many people interested in geology.”

– Jessica Peluso

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“The opportunity to attend a professional conference while getting to know everyone in the department better is invaluable, whether or not you’re presenting.  The presentation itself deepens your understanding of your research field while also giving you experience in transmitting your understanding and findings to other professionals and students within and outside your field of research.  There are plenty of resources there to aid in your development whether you plan on entering the work force or going to graduate school.”

-Ryan McMahon

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“There are many things that can be said about the GSA meetings that I was able to attend in the past two years at CCSU. They have served as opportunities to network and meet new people. I was also able to discover opportunities to further my education, and discover new topics of research and disciplines which I was unaware I found interesting. And having the opportunity to present at this meeting allowed me to experience how it felt to discuss your data in an environment where you can be given feedback by people who come  from multiple fields of perspective; it truly both reinforces what you’ve done in your classes and forces you to make connections you weren’t fully aware of. The experience was helpful in every sense and I am incredibly thankful to my senior project advisor Dr. Evans for all of his help on the project I had the opportunity to present.”

-Ben Bogue

 

Students Reflect on NEGSA Experience, Part 1

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I have attended the 2018 and 2019 Northeast GSA conferences and I am pleased to say the experience has only gotten better. This year, I presented my first project and it was exciting to become a more integral part of the community. It was a pleasure to be immersed in the academic atmosphere and to have a chance to connect with new and old friends within the department in a very cool city!”

-Henry Abbott

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“This was my second time attending the Northeast regional GSA conference and my first time presenting a research poster. The GSA conference was beneficial for many reasons: it exposed me to research and topics that I was previously unaware of, it allowed me to talk to professional geoscientists about their work experience and how they have overcome challenges, and it solidified the understanding I had of my lamprophyre research as I discussed my poster with professors and other students. Attending the conference has reinvigorated my love of the geosciences and has provided me with new ideas to apply to future research.”

-Kaitlin Taylor (pictured with her research advisor, Dr. Charney)

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“I’m tremendously grateful to Dr. Evans and the rest of the Earth Science faculty at CCSU for their constant patience and guidance. Completing an undergraduate research project would be absolutely maddening without a strong support network of experienced and empathetic mentors. The demanding course loads of a BS in the sciences can make any research project feel daunting and out of reach, but the gratification of presenting that research at a professional convention like NEGSA made the effort well worth my time. I highly recommend current undergraduate students interested in presenting research to test their academic limits and take the plunge. The experience will serve as a major boost to their confidence as young scientists.”

– Kelsey Duffy

NEGSA 2019 is Geological History

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[Some of the attendees to the CCU GSCI Family Dinner at NEGSA 2019]

One again the talented students of the CCSU GSCI Department rocked the Northeast Geological Society of America meeting. Their top notch research projects were featured in a number of posters. Follow the links below (student names are in bold) and prepare to be wowed!

Congrats everyone on a job well done!

CHARACTERIZING AND MONITORING A HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE AQUIFER IN A TEACHING WELL FIELD ON THE CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY’S MAIN CAMPUS

Henry W. Abbott, Mark A. Evans, and Oluyinka Oyewumi

THE FRACTURE AND FLUID HISTORY OF THE WHISKEY FLATS ANTICLINE IN THE CRAWFORD THRUST SHEET, CENTRAL WYOMING SALIENT

Benjamin Bogue and Mark A. Evans

 

DEVELOPING UNDERGRADUATE FIELD METHODS CLASS EXERCISES UTILIZING GROUND PENETRATING RADAR: HISTORIC WETHERSFIELD COVE AREA

Penelope M. Christy, Robert Evans, Mark A. Evans

 

FLUID AND FRACTURE HISTORY OF THE TUSCARORA MOUNTAIN ANTICLINE, CENTRAL VALLEY AND RIDGE PROVINCE

Kelsey L. Duffy and Mark A. Evans

 

UNDERSTANDING BLEACHING FLUID FLOW ALTERATION IN THE NEW HAVEN ARKOSE, HAMDEN CT

Brenden Hughes and Michael C. Wizevich

 

FLUVIAL ARCHITECTURE OF EXHUMED AND INVERTED PALEOCHANNELS OF THE EARLY CRETACEOUS CEDAR MOUNTAIN FORMATION OF EAST-CENTRAL UTAH

Michael C. Wizevich, Isabelle Kisluk, Willow R. Reichard-Flynn, Abby Keebler, Shannon N. Evans, and Edward Simpson

 

GEOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF LOCALLY BREWED COFFEE FROM DIFFERENT VENDORS IN NEW BRITAIN, CT

Alexandra Kovaleski, Ryan McMahon, and Oluyinka Oyewumi

 

A COMPARISON OF THE FRACTURE AND FLUID HISTORY OF FOUR FOLDS IN THE IDAHO-WYOMING SALIENT  

Alexandra J. Kovaleski and Mark A. Evans

 

FRACTURE AND BURIAL HISTORY OF THE SOUTHERN ANTHRACITE FIELD, PENNSYLVANIA

Ryan McMahon and Mark A. Evans

 

THE FRACTURE AND FLUID HISTORY OF THE BEAR CREEK ANTICLINE IN THE IDAHO PORTION OF THE NORTHERN WYOMING SALIENT

Alexa L. Muntz and Mark A. Evans

 

EXAMINING DEFORMATION CONDITIONS DURING THE FORMATION OF THE SHADE MOUNTAIN ANTICLINE, CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA SALIENT

Ian Murphy and Mark A. Evans

 

ORIGIN OF COLUMNS IN WEST ROCK RIDGE DIABASE: COOLING CRACKS OR TECTONIC JOINTS

Allison Beth Charney, Jessica Peluso, Henry Abbott, and Randolph Steinen

 

TRACE ELEMENTS ENRICHMENT IN STREAM SEDIMENTS ALONG NAUGATUCK RIVER, CONNECTICUT

Oluyinka Oyewumi, Wilber Stoddard, Isabelle Kisluk, and Penelope Christy

 

PETROGENESIS OF LAMPROPHYRES IN THE WALLINGFORD QUADRANGLE

Kaitlin C. Taylor, Allison Beth Charney and Randolph Steinen

 

PALEO-HYDROSTRATIGRAPHY OF THE PALEOZOIC – MESOZOIC STRATIGRAPHIC SECTION IN THE SAWTOOTH RANGE, MONTANA

Jake Daren Weiss and Mark A. Evans

In addition, Adjunct faculty member Gary Gomby hosted a session entitled: “Beyond sustainability: the Anthropocene as a paradigm for thinking about earth across disciplines,” and presented a talk with the same title. One of the speakers in the session was GSA president-elect Don Siegel.

 

CCSU Students Rock the GSA

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[Two of the many CCSU student research posters presented at this week’s conference]

All that hard work last week putting together research posters has paid off for CCSU GSCI students who have been presenting their original research at the Northeast region Geological Society of America conference in Portland, Maine. Months of field work, laboratory work, reference work, and more have led to this moment. Congrats to all our talented and hard-working rock stars!

CCSU GSCI Alum Wins Award

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[Keenan Golder presenting his award winning research at LPSC 2019]

Recently CCSU GSCI alum Keenan Golder shared some wonderful news with friends and colleagues. He is the recipient of a Lunar and Planetary Institute Career Development Award. This recognizes the outstanding abstract for the research he presented this week at the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference conference in Texas.

Congrats to Keenan, one of our “rock” stars!

Spring Break is Crunch Time for Student Researchers

While some students are working on their tans, the dedicated students of the Geological Sciences Department are excitedly completing their research posters for the annual Northeast Region Geological Society of America Conference. Held in Portland, Maine this year, the conference always features a large and enthusiastic contingent of students and faculty from CCSU. A dozen posters highlighting student research are being finalized before leaving on Saturday, representing work done under the mentorship of four different faculty members. Additional students from the department are also attending, hoping to catch the research bug as well!

Congratulations to all the awesome students of our department for another job well done!