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Student Work

Research Opportunities

Collaborative research between students and faculty members is an important part of the geology program at Beloit College. Under the direction of a member of the Geology faculty, all geology majors design and implement a senior thesis research project, gather and analyze their own data, and present their results.

Research opportunities are also available through the Keck Geology Consortium which includes 17 colleges committed to undergraduate education in geology through intercollegiate programs that engage students and faculty in cooperative research. Among its founders was Beloit College Professor Emeritus Hank Woodard.


Blaine Burgess ’20

Blaine Burgess ’20 is Investigating Obsidian Sources in Mesoamerica

Blaine Burgess is analyzing obsidian artifacts from a site in Mesoamerica.

Desire Piphus ’20

Desire Piphus ’20 is Assessing Groundwater Quality at the Nevin State Fish Hatchery

Desire Piphus is investigating major ion geochemistry in flowing wells at the Nevin State Fish Hatchery.

Zowie Fox ’20

Zowie Fox ’20 is Reconstructing the Earth’s Past Climate

Zowie Fox is using carbon isotopic analysis of marine fossils to reconstruct the earth’s past climate.

Anthony Wendel

Anthony Wendel ’20 Combines Interests in Computer Science and Geology

Anthony Wendel is using Machine Learning to Predict Locations of Springs in Wisconsin.

Professor Swanson describes what is happening on the Geology Department’s Stream Table to her class.

Students experiment with the Geology Department Stream Table

Professor Sue Swanson describes to the class what is happening during an experiment on the Stream Table.


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