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Opportunities for students 

Thinking about graduate school?

If you are interested in pursuing graduate school at Miami within the fields of petrology and geochemistry please contact me via email ( 

Graduate students in our research group are currently supported through a number of different funding sources including Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships. 

In addition to Teaching Assistantships offered through the Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science, Miami University offers several other funding opportunities. These can be viewed on the Miami Graduate School website. 

The Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science does not require applicants to take the GRE. 

Prospective graduate students are encouraged to review the recently developed Resource Map which was prepared by our URGE pod in 2021.

As you consider graduate school, whether you are continuing in higher education or returning to higher education, I encourage you to watching this recent discussion hosted by the Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence .

For a review of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program offered by the National Science Foundation, see this recent overview.

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Undergraduate students with an interest in scientific research, and who are interested in conducting a faculty-mentored research project, are encouraged to contact me via email (

Several opportunities exist for undergraduate students to assist in data processing, sample characterization, and to carry out their own research both here at Miami, and through collaborations with colleagues at external facilities.  

Various funding opportunities that support undergraduate research, and presentation of undergraduate research at local, regional, and national conferences are available through the Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science and the Office of Research for Undergraduates (ORU) at Miami. Additional funding can be applied for through a number of professional societies (e.g., the Geological Society of America).


Research funding may be used to cover sample preparation and sample analyses, in addition to conference registration and associated travel. In addition, the annual Undergraduate Summer Scholarship (USS) program offers students a 9-week research-oriented experience during the summer under the mentorship of a faculty member. I have worked with students as part of the USS program in the past and would be happy to discuss potential projects if interested in summer research. 

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Undergraduate student opportunities

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