The Department of Geophysics operates a four-week field program for undergraduate students and others from a variety of academic and institutional backgrounds. This program is designed to give students hands-on experience at conducting geophysical field investigations. The first half of the session is held in the field where students begin with a geological study of the area. Geophysical methods such as deep and shallow seismic, gravity, electromagnetics, self-potential, resistivity, and ground penetrating radar are used to collect data. For the second half of the session, students return to the CSM campus where they process and interprete the data. Field camp ends with a formal presentation of the results by the students to the department and other interested parties. Field camp is a required course for geophysics undergraduates and is generally taken in the summer between junior and senior year. For further information, please contact Professor Andrei Swidinsky. The registration deadline for non-CSM students to attend next year's field camp is December 15. Please scroll down to access recent field camp reports.
In May 2014, CSM geophysics students returned to Pagosa Springs, Colorado area for a third year. Approximately 60 students, faculty, staff, and industry partners collected and processed data with the goal of characterizing the geothermal system of the Chromo area. Thank you, Pagosa Springs and Chromo, for another great field camp experience!
Austin Bistline, Geophysics senior, featured in August 2014 edition of The Leading Edge
In an article written by Sara Smith of the SEG Foundation, "The Educational and Professional Impact of Field Camps", GP senior Austine Bistline discusses the value of geophysics field camps and what he experienced at the CSM camp. Click here to read the entire article.
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