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Geoscientists without Borders


CSM geophysics students have the opportunity to take part in projects supported by Geoscientists Without Borders, founded in 2008 by the Society for Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Foundation. The mission of GWB is to "connect universities and industries with communities in need through projects using applied geophysics to benefit people and the environment around the world". A requirement of the program is that projects involve the application of geophysics to humanitarian needs and include geoscience students and institutions in a significant way. The program seeks not only to accomplish humanitarian goals, but also to involve next-generation scientists in worthy causes. To learn more about the Geoscientists Without Borders program, visit:

During winter break, 2009-2010, three CSM geophysics seniors joined Lee Liberty of Boise State University in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the first-ever funded project by Geoscientists Without Borders. The group was composed of students and faculty from 13 institutes and 7 countries. The goal was to create a geophysics field training headquartered at Chiang Mai University, Thailand that would serve up to 30 students from Southeast Asian countries. Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals and teachers, would gain hands-on experience with geophysical data acquisition, processing, and interpretation while also producing student-created reports that address local environmental and engineering problems. The group proposed three distinct humanitarian projects in northern Thailand encompassing 1) geological hazards, 2) hydrogeophysics, and 3) archaeological mapping. At these three sites, they used seismic, ground penetrating radar, electrical, gravity, and magnetic methods to address local geotechnical problems. The ultimate goal was to create a self-sustaining field training beyond the requested Geoscientists Without Borders funding by training faculty and students, and utilizing geophysical equipment that presently exists in Southeast Asia. Impact and exposure of the program will reach all of Southeast Asia with a scholarship-based participation, and development of methods for participants to bring back to their home countries or regions. A strong participation by the Boise State University SEG Chapter and SEG chapters throughout Southeast Asia will strengthen ties between universities and encourage other institutions to initiate SEG student chapters. (Lee Liberty, Boise State University, proposal to SEG Foundation for Geoscientists Without Borders project). Congratulations to CSM geophysics seniors Roxanna Frary, Joyce Hoopes and Michael Mitchell on being chosen for this project.





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