Muskingum Geology majors have done summer internships with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), working with drill log data and coal mine environmental impact studies.
Students interested in summer research may also apply for REUs, Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), students apply for positions performing research at major universities, with pay and housing for the duration of the study.
For students looking for a similar experience closer to home, consider applying for a Muskie Summer Fellowship. Our summer fellows are provided housing on campus and a stipend to pursue research projects in conjunction with Muskingum University faculty, and presenting the results of their research during fall of the following school year.
Geology Field Camps are a critical capstone experience, summarizing and applying skills from classes across the major to real-world geological situations. Geology majors are required to take a field camp at a program approved by the geology department. Talk to us about locating and applying for the field camp program that's right for you!
Recent Muskie graduates have gone on to pursue graduate school at Wright State University, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and the University of Leicester in England. Financial support is often available for geology graduates, with funding and tuition waivers available through Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant positions - it is possible to get through graduate school without taking out student loans. For this reason, graduate positions are often competitive!
Graduate schools typically require a GPA of 3.0 or higher, good GRE scores (Graduate Record Examinations - like the SAT or ACT for grad school), and several letters of recommendation. Research experience is highly recommended, whether through a summer internship, REU, or senior research project. Students are strongly encouraged to research potential graduate programs in their areas of interest, and inquire about graduate research options directly. Most graduate school applications are due between December 1 and February 15 in order to receive funding - program requirements vary, so inquire!
Regional and national geology conventions, like the annual Geological Society of America (GSA) meeting, provide excellent opportunities to listen to talks by leading researchers, present your own research, introduce yourself to potential advisors, and meet other graduate students to ask for their opinions and advice. Competition for academic positions is fierce, but geologists with graduate degrees (either the MS or PhD) can go on to highly paid and rewarding work in the public or private sector, involved in mining or construction industries, environmental impact studies, museum programs and the like.