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Graduate Program Outcomes Data

1) Presentation and Publication totals

USU Geology Graduate Student Presentations and Publications 2010 - 2016

Year

StudentAdvisor

Publication

2010

Belgarde – Janecke

Belgarde – Janecke

Bradburry – Evans

Forand – Evans

Harvey – Pederson

Hidy – Pederson

Jean – Shervais

Kirby – Janecke

Rybczynski – Dehler

Steely – Janecke

 

SEPM Field Guide

GSA Spec Pap

J Geophys Res

GSA Spec Pap

UGA

Geochem, Geophys, Geosystems

Contrib Min & Petrol

GSA Spec Pap

GSA Bull

GSA Spec Pap

∑ 10

2011

Belgrade – Janecke

Bradbury – Evans

Harvey – Pederson

Harvey – Pederson

Jean – Shervais

Kessler – Evans

Nagy – Dehler

Potter – Shervais

Sant – Shervais

 

GSA Spec Pap

EPSL

GSA Bull

Q Sci Rev

Geotherm Res Council Trans

Geotherm Res Council Trans

GSA Field Guide

2 - Geotherm Res Council Trans

3 - Geotherm Res Council Trans

∑ 12

2012

Deraps – Shervais

Freeman – Lachmar

Inkenbrandt – Lachmar

Jean – Shervais

Jean – Shervais

Kessler – Evans

Nelson – Rittenour

Olsen – Lachmar

Petrie – Evans

Potter – Shervais

Richey – Evans

Sant – Shervais

Sonntag – Evans

Tressler – Pederson

 

Geol Soc Lond Spec Pap

2 - Geotherm Res Council Trans

UGA

Geochimica et Cosmochimica

Geotherm Res Council Trans

Geotherm Res Council Trans

Q Geochem

UGA

Envir  Geocsi

Geotherm Res Council Trans

Geol Soc Lond Spec Pap

Geotherm Res Council Trans

Geol Soc Lond Spec Pap

EPSL

∑ 15

2013

Allen – Rittenour

Cragun – Pederson

Hidy – Pederson

Jean – Shervais

Kessler – Evans

Nelson – Lachmar

Petrie – Evans

Petrie – Evans

Potter – Shervais

Randall – Lachmar

 

Water Resources Res

Geology

Geology

Geosphere

Sci Drilling

App Water Sci

J Struc Geol

Sci Drilling

Sci Drilling

Int Mine Water Assoc

∑ 10

2014

Hayden – Rittenour

Hayes – Dehler

Huff – Rittenour

Jean – Shervais

Nelson – Rittenour

Petrie – Evans

Prante – Evans

Prante – Evans

Steely – Janecke

Tackett – Burger

 

UGA

Earth Sci Rev

UGA

EPSL

UGA

AAPG Bull

EPSL

Geology

EPSL

Fossil Record

∑ 10

2015

Allen – Rittenour

Bradbury – Evans

Bursztyn – Pederson

Bursztyn – Pederson

Davis – Liddell

Dejong – Rittenour

Jochems – Pederson

Nelson – Rittenour

Nelson – Rittenour

Nelson – Rittenour

Nelson – Rittenour

Nelson – Rittenour

Mackeley – Pederson

Tressler – Pederson

Wyshnytzky – Rittenour

 

J Hydrology

Pure & App Geophys

EPSL

Edu in Math Sci Tech

Pure & App Geophys

GSA Today

J Geophys Res

UGS Sp Pub

Rad Meas

Ad in Arch Practice

Quat Int

2 - Quat Int

EPSL

EPSL

Q Int

∑ 16

2016

Riley – Rittenour

Petrie – Evans

Ward – Berger

 

Rocky Mt Friends of the Pleist Field Trip

 Bull Can Petrol Geol

PeerJPreprints

∑ 3



Year

Student – Advisor

Presentation

2010

Bahr – Liddell

Barton – Evans

Bradbury – Evans

Bradbury – Evans

Forand – Evans

Hayes – Dehler

Hayden – Rittenour

Inkenbrandt – Lachmar

Jean – Shervais

Jean – Shervais

Petrie – Evans

Wood – Evans

 

UT Geog Inf Council

GSA

AGU

2 - GSA

SCEC

GSA

GSA

GSA

2 - AGU

2 – GSA

AGU

AGU

∑ 15

2011

Allen – Rittenour

Bahr – Liddell

Beard – Lowry

Beard – Lowry

Beard – Lowry

Forand – Evans

Freeman – Lachmar

Hayden – Rittenour

Hayes – Dehler

Hayes – Dehler

Jean – Shervais

Kessler – Evans

Lyon – Liddell

Nagy – Dehler

Nagy – Dehler

Nelson – Rittenour

Nelson – Rittenour

Pearce – Rittenour

Petrie – Evans

Potter – Shervais

Prante – Evans

Richey – Evans

Seunarine – Lowry

Seunarine – Lowry

Seunarine – Lowry

Skyles – Rittenour

Thornock – Janecke

Wood – Evans

 

GSA

GSA

AGU

Earthscope

GSA

AGU

GSA

GSA

2 - AGU

2 - GSA

AGU

2 - GSA

GSA

AGU

2 - GSA

GSA

Int LuminConf

GSA

AGU

AGU

2 - AGU

2 - GSA

AGU

Earthscope

GSA

GSA

SCEC

AGU

∑ 34

2012

Allen – Rittenour

Allen – Rittenour

Bahr – Liddell

Huff – Rittenour

Huff – Rittenour

Jean – Shervais

Jochems – Pederson

Kessler – Evans

McDonough – Lachmar

Olsen – Lachmar

Potter – Shervais

Summa-Nelson – Rittenour

Wyshnytzky – Rittenour

Wyshnytzky – Rittenour

 

2 - Am Assoc Geograph.

3 - USU Spring Runoff Conf

Nat Speleo Soc

AGU

New World Lumin Conf

AGU

AGU

3 - AGU

GSA

GSA

2 - AGU

New World Lumin Conf

AGU

New World Lumin Conf

∑ 20

2013

Bradbury – Evans

Bursztyn – Pederson

Flores – Evans

Freeman – Lachmar

Heath – Evans

Jochems – Pederson

Kessler – Evans

Kessler – Evans

Ma – Lowry

Markowski – Janecke

Markowski – Janecke

Nelson – Rittenour

Nelson – Rittenour

Parslow – Evans

Petrie – Evans

Petrie – Evans

Petrie – Evans

Potter – Shervais

Potter – Shervais

Prante – Evans

Richey – Evans

Riley – Rittenour

Riley – Rittenour

Sant – Shervais

Wyshnytzky – Rittenour

 

2 - GSA

GSA

2 - GSA

GSA

GSA

GSA

2 - AGU

GSA

AGU

GSA

SCEC

GSA

New World Lumin Conf

2 - GSA

AAPG

AGU

2 - GSA

2 - AGU

GSA

3 - GSA

2 - GSA

GSA

New World Lumin Conf

GSA

New World Lumin Conf

∑ 34

2014

Atkinson – Newell

Bursztyn – Pederson

Bursztyn – Pederson

Davis – Liddell

DeJong – Rittenour

Hestetune – Lowry

Kehoe – Liddell

Ma – Lowry

Riley – Rittenour

 

GSA

2 - AGU

2 - GSA

2 - GSA

GSA

AGU

2 - GSA

AGU

AGU

∑ 13

2015

Atkinson – Newell

Bradbury – Evans

Bursztyn – Pederson

Bursztyn – Pederson

Channer – Ault

Davis – Liddell

Jean – Shervais

Kehoe – Liddell

Kessler – Evans

Koger – Newell

Ma – Lowry

Markowski – Janecke

Markowski – Janecke

Markowski – Janecke

McDermott – Ault

McDonough – Lachmar

Moser – Evans

Nelson – Rittenour

Petrie – Evans

Petrie – Evans

Riley – Rittenour

Riley – Rittenour

Scheppmann – Lowry

Townsend – Rittenour

Townsend – Rittenour

Tuzlak – Pederson

Varriale – Evans

 

2 - GSA

AGU

AGU

2 - GSA

GSA

GSA

2 - AGU

GSA

2 - GSA

AGU

AGU

AGU

GSA

SCEC

2 - GSA

2 - GSA

AGU

AGU

AGU

GSA

2 - GSA

SCEC

AGU

GSA

AGU

AGU

GSA

∑ 34

2016

Bullard – Dehler

Bradbury – Evans

Channer – Ault

Cuccio – Evans

Forand – Evans

Haugen – Shervais

Hayden – Rittenour

Hesseltine – Evans

Huff – Rittenour

Kehoe – Liddell

Kessler – Evans

Lathrop – Dehler

Markowski – Janecke

Markowski – Janecke

Martin – Dehler

Mauch – Pederson

McDermott – Ault

Moser – Evans

Nelson – Rittenour

Petrie – Evans

Riley – Rittenour

Riley – Rittenour

Riley – Rittenour

Riley – Rittenour

Steely – Janecke

Thornock – Janecke

Tuzlak – Pederson

Townsend – Rittenour

Townsend – Rittenour

Tuzlak – Pederson

Varriale – Evans

Wigginton – Evans

 

2 - GSA

2 - GSA

2 - GSA

GSA

GSA

2 - GSA

GSA

GSA

GSA

AGU

GSA

GSA

GSA

SCEC

GSA

GSA

2 - GSA

2 - GSA

New World Lumin Conf

GSA

AGU

Am Quat Assoc

2 - GSA

New World Lumin Conf

GSA

GSA

AGU

GSA

New World Lumin Conf

2 - GSA

GSA

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%)