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Undergraduate Research

Geosciences students are encouraged to take advantage of undergraduate research opportunities. While department faculty offer a wide variety of research topics, students can also engage in research with other scientists in Keck Geology Consortium projects or by engaging in research or internships with external agencies. Students are also encouraged to attend one of many nationwide field camps, where students learn the principles of field and laboratory research. 

Please click on the links to the left the learn more about recent undergraduate student research projects.

Trinity students performing field research on a rock outcrop


Geosciences students are eligible for financial assistance from a range of internal and external sources, including:

  • Externally-funded grants awarded to Trinity faculty
  • The Department of Geosciences Roy and Tinker Funds
  • Murchison Research Fellowships
  • Mach Research Fellowships

Theses and Directed Study

Many geosciences students participate in independent research, and most have presented their research results at GSA, AGU, AAPG, LPSC, or the Keck Geology Symposium. learn more about student research projects by students in the graduating classes of 2014 - 2019.

Student Publications and Presentations Archive

View an archive of student publications and presentations.

Structural Geology Research Group

Learn more about Trinity's Structural Geology research group. The Structural Geology research group (What is structural geology?) has been supported by two grants from the National Science Foundation in which Dr. Surpless and his undergraduate students have investigated problems related to the evolution of fault-related fold systems and the development of subsidiary structures associated with normal fault transfer zones.