Hartwick geology majors typically attend annual meetings of the Geological Society of America (or a similar international conference), held in many major cities around North America.
These co-curricular events are true career building opportunities and another way to augment one’s regional geology knowledge.
The 2022 group hikes along the Canyon Rim Trail in Colorado National Monument.
During 2022, Dr. Griffing examines the cross-bedded sandstones of the Wingate Formation in Colorado National Monument.
The students hike a short trail to the historic Riggs Hill dinosaur quarry in Grand Junction, CO.
Early Cretaceous dinosaur footprints in Dakota Group sandstones at Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison, CO.
Vas, Alyssa, Lia and Ari (L to R) take in the Painted Wall Overlook at sunset in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
The 2019 GSA group examines the strat in the Blue Mesa area of Petrified Forest National Park.
Elliot, Dr. Z, Kyle, Ronny, and Hunter (clockwise from lower left) take a moment to appreciate the stunning panoramic view of the inner Grand Canyon as seen from the Kaibab Trail in 2019.
The 2018 GSA group enters Mammoth Cave for a tour by the leading expert – SUNY-Oneonta Professor Emeritus Art Palmer.
During the conferences, students see the results of “cutting-edge” research in nearly every subdiscipline of geology and other environmental sciences, have a chance to network with representatives of dozens of graduate schools, and even have a chance to network for internships and jobs.
The department typically arranges a 2-3 day field trip to see important geological/environmental features within reasonable driving distance of the conference city – features we typically can’t see in upstate New York. Many of these classic field localities are on Geologist “Life Lists”.
The department co-sponsors the trip in conjunction with the Hartwick Geology Club (Delta Delta G) at minimal cost to the student participants. Typically, conference registration fees, lodging, field trip activities, and a portion of both food and airfare are covered. Each student is responsible for GSA membership costs, and any food and airfare overages, plus any personal expenses during the trip.
Any member of the Delta Delta G club is eligible to participate, as long as s/he is not on academic or disciplinary probation with the college, and can be excused for ~ 7-8 days of their classes. Club funding is limited to 8-10 students (based on student senate rules), but up to 14 students have gone in the past. Each student who wishes to receive support from the department budget (covering a portion of the airfare), must enroll in the 1-credit GEOL 227 – Field Experiential Studies course. This course typically meets once a week for half the semester.