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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.

Stories

Hanlin Zhang ’21 Analyzes Hydrothermal Alteration of the Clay Cap in the Creede Mining District

Hanlin Zhang ’21 is a geology major working with Jim Rougvie as his thesis advisor. His research seeks to characterize the mineralogy of the clay cap in Creede, CO.

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Walker Weyland ’21 Explores the Direction of Early Trilobite Emigration and Origin

Walker Weyland ’21 is a geology major working with Jay Zambito as his thesis advisor. His research tracks the evolution of early trilobite lineages.

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John Tower Jr. ’21 Explores Sodium Metasomatism in the White Mountain Peak Metavolcanic Complex

John Tower Jr. ’21 is a geology major working with Jim Rougvie as his thesis advisor. His research analyzes how and where sodium metasomatism occurred in the White Mountain Peak Metavolcanic Complex.

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Sophie Glaubius ’21 Explores Temperature Conditions in Wisconsin Springs

Sophie Glaubius ’21 is a geology major working with Sue Swanson as her thesis advisor. Her research seeks to better understand the temperature distribution in fracture and seepage filtration springs.

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Phillip Adrian ’21 Designs a Rain Garden for the Beloit College Campus

Phillip Adrian ’21 is an environmental geology major working with Sue Swanson as his thesis advisor. His research points to an increasing need for rain gardens across the Upper Midwest.

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Morgan Fries ’21 Examines Devonian Black Shales

Morgan Fries ’21 is a geology major working with Jay Zambito as her thesis advisor.  Her research investigates the reliability of outcrops for organic geochemical data.

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Delaney Leigh McCarthy ’21 Examines Devonian Organic Matter Variability within the Appalachian Basin

Delaney Leigh McCarthy ’21 is a geology major working with Jay Zambito as her thesis advisor.  Delaney is characterizing Middle-Late Devonian (Givetian-Fransian) terrestrial to marine organic matter flux in black shales. 

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