Annual Events

Department Awards

This annual event occurs late in the spring when the department chair presents graduate and undergraduate students with various departmental awards.  Many of the awards include financial prizes that are endowed or supported by alums who want to encourage and reward outstanding research and citizenship among our students.

The annual Department Awards Ceremony occurs on the last Thursday of the quarter, one week before finals.  The event takes place in Webb Hall 1100, starting at 2:00pm.  Immediately following the awards ceremony is a rooftop barbeque organized by our very own undergraduate geology club, the Muckers.  Anyone associated with the department is welcome to attend.

To view the department awards slideshow, click here.



Department Picnic

Sometime in the spring quarter, the first year grads organize the annual department picnic at a park of their choosing. They are collectively responsible for working with the Earth Science staff to reserve a place, buy food and drinks, organize games, and plan other activities.

Ticket sales typically begin in mid-April and will be announced via email.  Family and friends of any Earth Science faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.  To purchase tickets, contact any of the first year grads at  or the Graduate Program Assistant, Hannah Smit at

Dept Picnic 2014
Department Spring Picnic 2014 at Girsh Park

To view department picnic slideshow, click here.


Geo-Gaucho Alumni Career Panel

Every Spring quarter, a small group of graduate students organize the Alumni Career Panel for Earth Science, as sponsored by Graduate Divison and the department.  The goal of this event is engage the Earth Science graduate community with alumni from diverse professional backgrounds (government, industry, consulting, education, etc.). This is an excellent opportunity to seek career advice from outside the bubble of academia and, although the discussion will be tailored for graduate students, we encourage undergrads, faculty, and staff to attend.

The 2015 Geo-Gaucho Alumni Career Panel was held on April 24th, from 10:00am - 12:00pm.  The guest panelists were:

Kelly Burke - Grand Canyon Wildlands Council
Susan Hubbard - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Tyson McKinney - Engineering Geologist, California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources
Chester Wallace - Independent Consulting Geologist, Hydrocarbon and Mineral Exploration

This year's organizers were Joshua Garber, Annie Lamontagne and Janelle McAtamney.

Alumni Career Panel 2015
Geo-Gaucho Alumni Career Panel 2015



Graduate Research Review

This poster session is an annual event in the spring where all grad students showcase their ongoing research.  Faculty, deans, alumni, and other visitors attend and discuss with the grads the research they are currently working on. This annual event prepares the grads to eventually present at national conferences such AGU and GSA.

The 2015 Graduate Research Review occured on April 24th, from 3:00pm - 5:00pm.

Graduate Research Review 2015