May 12, 2016
The Department of Geosciences held its 10th annual research day Wednesday. The day showcased ongoing research in the geosciences department by faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as four special guest seventh-graders from Whiteface Middle School.
For more than 10 years, this research day has served as practice for undergraduate and graduate students to present research in a conference setting. The day showcased a total of 33 abstracts by students and faculty, 25 of them presented by undergraduate students. Awards were presented following the presentations.
Dustin Sweet, assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, said research day provides students with a chance to practice communicating their research to people who are unfamiliar with their work.
“This is an especially important opportunity for our undergraduate researchers because they don’t travel to professional meetings as much as our graduate students,” Sweet said.
Senior Elaine Keim said research day is one of the last events she has before graduation.
“The department has this day for all of the undergraduates who are graduating,” Keim said. “We present our research to the judges and anybody else who wants to come.”
Four seventh-grade students from Whiteface Middle School were invited to participate in the research day. These students had the opportunity to present their science project to those in attendance. Their project covers chronic wounds and the best practices to help heal those wounds. Next month, these students will take their science project to a national competition.
Laura Wilbanks, a science instructor at Whiteface, said they’ve been invited to participate in research day for several years now and the day provides a great opportunity for Whiteface students to get ready for their upcoming competition.
“It allows them to get really good practice because at this stage, we are rusty,” Wilbanks said. “The students have been really good workers this year.”
The Department of Geosciences offers a wide range of courses, research and experience related to atmospheric and earth sciences. Degree programs include atmospheric science, geology and geophysics, geosciences and geography.
The Department of Geosciences at Texas Tech University provides a wide range of research and educational experiences in the field of earth and atmospheric sciences. The Department has a strong commitment to research, education and outreach in the subdisciplines of Earth Sciences.
Our faculty are recognized experts in the fields of geochemistry, geophysics, structural geology and plate tectonics, vertebrate/invertebrate paleontology, atmospheric science, and the application of geographical information systems to solve geological and environmental problems.
The Texas Tech University College of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1925 as one of the university’s four original colleges.
Comprised of 15 departments, the College offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Students can choose from 41 bachelor’s degree programs, 34 master’s degrees and 14 doctoral programs.
With just under 11,000 students enrolled, the College of Arts & Sciences is the largest
college on the Texas Tech University campus.
In fall 2016, the college embarked upon its first capital campaign, Unmasking Innovation: The Campaign for Arts & Sciences. It focuses on five critical areas of need: attracting and retaining top faculty, enhancing infrastructure, recruiting high-potential students, undergraduate research and growing the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.