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Research with a Purpose

Undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research within the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences covers a wide range of research areas.  From local to regional to extraterrestrial studies, the research conducted within the department covers a wide range of topics across several research clusters.  Our collaborative projects integrate research across programs on campus and with local, state, federal, and international groups. 

The Geology Department is in charge of several major programs, laboratories, and centers on campus that serve our local and regional communities.  Please take a look at the links to the left to see some of the collaborative and integrative research we are conducting!

Undergraduate Research

One of the greatest strengths of this department is the emphasis placed on undergraduate student research. Every year a number of students work with faculty members on a wide range of projects. Because undergraduate education is the focus at the College, faculty are committed to the supervision of the projects. Students conducting undergraduate research develop independent research and problem-solving skills beyond the traditional classroom academic experience. These are highly regarded by industry and graduate schools. Some students are awarded summer research funds. This page features sources of funding which are currently available for undergraduate student research, undergraduate student research projects currently in progress, and a listing of conferences/presentation opportunities at which students can present the results of their research. With renewed emphasis on undergraduate research at the institutional level, we anticipate that a larger number of geology undergrads will be funded to conduct research and present results at national, regional, and state meetings.

Geology Student Abstracts from School of Sciences and Mathematics Poster Session 2017

Funding Opportunities

College of Charleston Undergraduate Research: This recently developed initiative provides up to $6500 to fund undergraduate students-faculty research projects. Mini-grants ($250) are also available. More detailed information is available at the Undergraduate Research website.

South Carolina Space Grant: Each spring, the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium funds students with an interest in aerospace or space-related research. Awards in the Undergraduate Scholarship/Research Program are $5000.

Funding from Faculty Research Grants: Several students in the past have obtained money for research from individual professors who have been funded for various research projects.

Geology Alumni Summer Research Fund: Thanks to generous donations from alumni, the department is able to support summer research and field work. Proposals are typically due in March or April.

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