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Graduate Program Outcomes Data

 

1) Presentation and Publication Totals

USU Geology Graduate Student Presentations and Publications 2010 - 2016

2010

Student - Advisor Publication
Belgarde - Janecke SEPM Field Guide
Belgarde - Janecke  GSA Spec Pap
Bradbury - Evans J Geophys Res
Forand - Evans GSA Spec Rap
Harvey - Pederson UGA
Hidy - Pederson Geochem, Geophys, Geosystems
Jean - Shervais Contrib Min & Petrol
Kirby - Janecke GSA Spec Pap
Rybczynski - Dehler GSA Bull
Steely - Janecke GSA Spec Pap
  ∑ 10

 

Student - Advisor Presentation
Bahr - Liddell UT Geog Inf Council
Barton - Evans GSA
Bradbury - Evans AGU
Bradbury - Evans 2 - GSA
Forand - Evans SCEC
Hayes - Dehler GSA
Hayden - Rittenour GSA
Inkenbrandt - Lachmar GSA
Jean - Shervais 2 - AGU
Jean - Shervais 2 - GSA
Petrie - Evans AGU
Wood - Evans AGU
  ∑ 15

2011

Student - Advisor Publication
Belgarde - Janecke GSA Spec Rap
Bradbury - Evans EPSL
Harvey - Pederson GSA Bull
Harvey - Pederson Q Sci Rev
Jean - Shervais Geotherm Res Council Trans
Kessler - Evans Geotherm Res Council Trans
Nagy - Dehler GSA Field Guide
Potter - Shervais 2 - Geotherm Res Council Trans
Sant - Shervais 3 - Geotherm Res Council Trans
  ∑ 12

 

Student - Advisor Presentation
Allen - Rettenour GSA
Bahr - Liddell GSA
Bear - Lowry AGU
Bear - Lowry Earthscope
Bear - Lowry GSA
Forand - Evan AGU
Freeman - Lachmar GSA
Hayden - Rittenour GSA
Hayes - Dehler 2 - AGU
Hayes - Dehler 2 - GSA
Jean - Shervais AGU
Kessler - Evans 2 - GSA
Lyon - Liddell GSA
Nagy - Dehler AGU
Nagy - Dehler 2 - GSA
Nelson - Rittenour GSA
Nelson - Rittenour Int LuminConf
Pearce - Rittenour GSA
Petrie - Evans AGU
Potter - Shervais  AGU
Prante - Evans 2 - AGU
Richey - Evans 2- GSA
Seunarine - Lowry AGU
Seunarine - Lowry Earthscope
Seunarine - Lowry GSA
Skyles - Rittenour GSA
Thornock - Janecke SCEC
Wood - Evans AGU
  ∑ 34

2012

Student - Advisor Publication
Deraps - Shervais Geol Soc Long Spec Pap
Freeman - Lachmar 2 - Geotherm Res Council Trans
Inkenbrandt - Lachmar UGA
Jean - Shervais Geochimica et Cosmochimica
Jean - Shervais Geotherm Res Council Trans
Kessler - Evans Geotherm Res Council Trans
Nelson - Rittenour Q Geochem
Olsen - Lachmar UGA
Petrie - Evans Envir Geocsi
Potter - Shervais Geotherm Res Council Trans
Richey - Evans Geol Soc Lond Spec Pap
Sant - Shervais Geotherm Res Council Trans
Sonntag - Evans Geol Soc Lond Spec Pap
Tressler - Pederson EPSL
  ∑ 15

 

Student - Advisor Presentation
Allen - Rittenour 2 - Am Assoc Geograph.
Allen - Rittenour 3 - USU Spring Runoff Conf
Bahr - Liddell Nat Speleo Soc
Huff - Rittenour AGU
Huff - Rittenour New World Lumin Conf
Jean - Shervais AGU
Jochems - Pederson AGU
Kessler - Evans 3 - AGU
McDonough - Lachmar GSA
Olsen - Lachmar GSA
Potter - Shervais 2 - AGU
Summa-Nelson - Rittenour New World Lumin Conf
Wyshnytzky - Rittenour AGU
Wyshnytzky - Rittenour New World Lumin Conf
  ∑ 20

2013

Student - Advisor Publication
Allen - Rittenour Water Resources Res
Cragun - Pederson Geology
Hidy - Pederson Geology
Jean - Shervais Geosphere
Kessler - Evans Sci Drilling
Nelson - Lachmar App Water Sci
Petrie - Evans J Struc Geol
Petrie - Evans Sci Drilling
Potter - Shervais Sci Drilling
Randall - Lachmar Int Mine Water Assoc
  ∑ 10

 

Student - Advisor Presentation
Bradbury - Evans 2 - GSA
Bursztyn - Pederson GSA
Flores - Evans 2 - GSA
Freeman - Lachmar GSA
Heath - Evans GSA
Jochems - Pederson GSA
Kessler - Evans 2 - AGU
Kessler - Evans GSA
Ma - Lowry AGU
Markowski - Janecke GSA
Markowski - Janecke SCEC
Nelson - Rittenour GSA
Nelson - Rittenour New World Lumin Conf
Parslow - Evans 2 - GSA
Petrie - Evans AAPG
Petrie - Evans AGU
Petrie - Evans 2 - GSA
Potter - Shervais 2 - AGU
Potter - Shervais GSA
Prante - Evans 3 - GSA
Richey - Evans 2 - GSA
Riley - Rittenour GSA
Riley - Rittenour New World Lumin Conf
Sant - Shervais GSA
Wyshnytzky - Rittenour New World Lumin Conf
  ∑ 34

2014

Student - Advisor Publication
Hayden - Rittenour UGA
Hayes - Dehler Earth Sci Rev
Huff - Rittenour UGA
Jean - Shervais EPSL
Nelson - Rittenour UGA
Petrie - Evans AAPG Bull
Prante - Evans EPSL
Prante - Evans Geology
Steely - Janecke EPSL
Tackett - Burger Fossil Record
  ∑ 10

 

Student - Advisor Presentation
Atkinson - Newell GSA
Bursztyn - Pederson 2 - AGU
Bursztyn - Pederson 2 - GSA
Davis - Liddell 2 - GSA
DeJong - Rittenour GSA
Hestetune - Lowry AGU
Kehoe - Liddell 2 - GSA
Ma - Lowry AGU
Riley - Rittenour AGU
  ∑ 13

2015

Student - Advisor Publication
Allen - Rittenour J Hydrology
Bradbury - Evans Pure & App Geophys
Bursztyn - Pederson EPSL
Bursztyn - Pederson Edu in Math Sci Tech
Davis - Liddell Pure & App Geophys
DeJong - Rittenour GSA Today
Jochems - Pederson J Geophys Res
Nelson - Rittenour UGS Sp Pub
Nelson - Rittenour Rad Meas
Nelson - Rittenour Ad in Arch Practice
Nelson - Rittenour Quat Int
Nelson - Rittenour 2 - Quat Int
Mackeley - Pederson EPSL
Tressler - Pederson EPSL
Wyshnytzky - Rittenour Q Int
   16

 

Student - Advisor Presentation
Atkinson - Newell 2 - GSA
Bradbury - Evans AGU
Bursztyn - Pederson AGU
Bursztyn - Pederson 2 - GSA
Channer - Ault GSA
Davis - Liddell GSA
Jean - Shervais 2 - AGU
Kehoe - Liddell GSA
Kessler - Evans 2 - GSA
Koger - Newell AGU
Ma - Lowry AGU
Markowski - Janecke AGU
Markowski - Janecke GSA
Markowski - Janecke SCEC
McDermott - Ault 2 - GSA
McDonough - Lachmar 2 - GSA
Moser - Evans AGU
Nelson - Rittenour AGU
Petrie - Evans AGU
Petrie - Evans GSA
Riley - Rittenour SCEC
Scheppmann - Lowry AGU
Townsend - Rittenour GSA
Townsend - Rittenour AGU
Tuzlak - Pederson AGU
Varriale - Evans GSA
   34

2016

Student - Advisor Publication
Riley - Rittenour Rocky Mt Friends of the Pleist Field Trip
Petrie - Evans Bull Can Petrol Geol
Ward - Berger PeerJPreprints
  ∑ 3

 

Student - Advisor Presentation
Bullard - Dehler 2 - GSA
Bradbury - Evans 2 - GSA
Channer - Ault 2 - GSA
Cuccio - Evans GSA
Forand - Evans GSA
Haugen - Shervais 2 - GSA
Hayden - Rittenour GSA
Hesseltine - Evans GSA
Huff - Rittenour GSA
Kehoe - Liddell AGU
Kessler - Evans GSA
Lathrop - Dehler GSA
Markowski - Janecke GSA
Markowski - Janecke SCEC
Martin - Dehler GSA
Mauch - Pederson GSA
McDermott - Ault 2 - GSA
Moser - Evans 2 - GSA
Nelson - Rittenour New World Lumin Conf
Petrie - Evans GSA
Riley - Rittenour AGU
Riley - Rittenour Am Quat Assoc
Riley - Rittenour 2 - GSA
Riley - Rittenour New World Lumin Conf
Steely - Janecke GSA
Thornock - Janecke GSA
Tuzlak - Pederson AGU
Townsend - Rittenour GSA
Townsend - Rittenour New World Lumin Conf
Tuzlak - Pederson 2 - GSA
Varriale - Evans GSA
Wigginton - Evans GSA
   40

 

2) Degree Completion Rates

Out of 75 total graduate students entering the program from 2010 – 2016, 68 students successfully completed their graduate degrees. That is 91% of students. Only seven students left the program without completing. Most of these were for family, medical, or change-in-employment reasons.

Geology Graduate Degrees Granted 2010 - 2016

Year

MS
(Plan A)

AEG-MS
(Plan B)

PhD

Total

2010

5

5

2011

5

1

6

2012

2

1

2

5

2013

8

2

10

2014

3

1

3

7

2015

4

1

5

2016

3

2

5

Total

30

5

8

43 

3) Time to Completion

The first PhD students were admitted into our relatively young PhD Geology program in 2007. The second cohort of PhD students graduating from 2012-2016 completed in an average of 4 years. We consider this meeting an optimum target for a research-based PhD, especially with the inclusion of a teaching or industry internship.

MS Plan A students graduating from 2012-2016 have required, on average, 2.5 years for completion. This is reasonable for Thesis projects that require both field and laboratory components. In addition, many of our MS students spend a semester in an internship, which greatly enhances their training and marketability upon graduation. Data from the American Geosciences Institute indicates that across the nation, Geology MS students require an average of 2.75 years for degree completion.

4) Employment Outcomes

Our tracking of students after they have completed our program indicates high success in our graduates obtaining employment in the geosciences and in being accepted into further graduate programs of their choice: see Geology Post-Graduate Outcomes 2010-2016.

Students who graduated during the interval 2010-2016 have the following post-graduation careers (for 41 out of 43 total graduates, or 95%):

Petroleum Industry  =  19/43 (44%)
Environmental/Engineering Consulting  =    7/43 (16%)
Pursuing PhD Degree after MS  =    5/43 (12%)
State or National Geologic Surveys  =    4/43   (9%)
Higher Eduction/Academia  =    4/43   (9%)
K-12 Education  =    1/43   (2%)
Mining Industry  =    1/43   (2%)