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  • The NSF has funded one of Mark Frank's proposals, Copper and Gold in Sulfur-rich Magmatic-hydrothermal Systems, for 3 years and a total of $271,262.  The proposal will fund a graduate and undergraduate student and also has $31,000 for analytical work. - July 1, 2014
  • Recent B.S. program graduate Bengino Alonzo was selected to participate in the 2014 USGS/NAGT summer internship program. Ben will work with Seth Moran at Vancouver, Washington, and will assist in a seismic imaging study of Mt. Saint Helens. - July 1, 2014
  • Elizabeth Olson has been awarded the AEG (Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists) Norma R. Tilford Field Studies Award for PhD students. The $2,000 grant will be used to fund her field work in November. - May 19, 2014
  • At the National Groundwater Association meeting in Denver this week, Ellen Raimondi won the NGWREF Robert Farvolden Award for best student poster! - May 8, 2014
  • Congratulations to graduate students Emily Devers, Matt Fleming, John Hanke, Cory Hunter, Rick Jayne, Elizabeth Olson, and Josh Zodarecky! This spring they were awarded a combined total of $13,240 in competitive grant funding from GSA, AAPG and SEPM. - April 23, 2014
  • Ph.D student Tim Hodson lands coveted internship aboard the exploration ship Okeanos Explorer to help map the Atlantic Ocean seafloor. Read the NIU Today article. - April 18, 2014
  • Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Dr. Carla Montgomery for receiving NIU’s award for lifetime philanthropy. - March 26, 2014
  • Alumnus Kendle Fraley (B.S 09; M.S. 12) gets his research published in a high profile journal, and is held up as an example of NIU’s best. Read story. - March 18, 2014
  • Undergraduate Julie Daniels was selected to take part in a research project that is sponsored by both the the Keck Geology Consortium and a grant that Dr. Nathan Stansell received from the National Science Foundation. She will travel with Dr. Stansell to Peru for 3 weeks this summer and then complete an independent research project during the 2014-2015 academic year. Click here for more information about the project.
  • Dr. Justin Dodd has received funding from the American Chemical Society - Petroleum Research Fund for Doctoral New Investigators for his research on oxygen and silicon isotope variations in diatom silica. The $100,000 grant includes 2 years of funding for a graduate student (MS or PhD) to begin in August 2014. Please contact Dr. Dodd (jdodd@niu.edu) for further information.
    Dr. Dodd has also received $12,000 from the National Geographic Society – Waitt Foundation to continue fieldwork in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile with PhD student Elizabeth Olson and Chilean colleagues. - February 11, 2014