University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geology

Student Opportunities

Milford Gneiss

Graduate student in his field area in Fiordland, New Zealand.

See students in the field in our Department Photo Gallery.

Meet our outstanding Featured Undergraduate student.

The Geology Department is rife with opportunities for research and internships. Learn more in this section about current graduate student research and theses, undergraduate research and external opportunities.


Geology Club is open to anyone with an interest in Geology. Club activities include field trips, camping, day hikes, movie nights, guest speakers, etc. Check out our group page on Facebook ("UVM Geology Club") where you can find out about upcoming events. The faculty advisor to the Geology Club is John Hughes.

SURGE (Sessions in Undergraduate Research in Geology)

Started by 2 graduate students in Fall 2013, SURGE is a mentoring program aimed at guiding senior geology majors in accomplishing their goal of completing undergraduate thesis research, as well as how to approach their next steps after college. Through weekly meetings we've discussed topics such as graduate school, reading and digesting scientific papers, writing abstracts, and the UVM thesis guidelines.

Many of the students have chosen to submit their work to regional conferences here in Vermont and Pennsylvania, as well as the annual UVM student research conference. SURGE aims to prepare them for these conferences and give them the necessary skills to present their research at any professional meeting. And when graduation approaches, we set helpful deadlines to keep everyone's research and writing on track.

NSF Research for Undergraduates

Students conduct research, develop their professional skills and prepare for a career in science. REU

External research and internship opportunities

Opportunities in other states and abroad

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) internships/opportunities: The USGS offers opportunities for research in a variety of capacities including student employment, volunteerism, post-doctoral work, and more. They offer diverse employment opportunities for students in biology, hydrology, computer science, cartography, geology, administration, and many other fields. Consult the USGS for current openings.

Cardiff University/UVM Exchange Program Students can study for an academic year or spring semester. UVM Office of International Education (OIE)

Duke University Integrated Marine Conservation Program: This program teaches the principles necessary for the conservation and preservation of the coastal and oceanic environment. A tremendous opportunity for students at any level to think about conservation biology and policy, they also offer summer tuition scholarships on a competitive basis. For further information, contact, or call (252) 504-7502.

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution's summer internship program: Offered to qualified undergraduate and graduate students with interests in marine-related fields, the program provides work experience in a research environment. The areas of study may include, but are not limited to: aquaculture, biomedical marine research, marine biology, marine mammal research, marine natural product chemistry, marine microbiology, ocean engineering, and oceanography. Check their Web site for an application form.

National Science Foundation research opportunities for undergraduates: NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its Web site. An REU site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU site may be at either a U.S. or foreign location. Learn more about current opportunities on their Web site.

Sea Education Association (SEA): SEA's programs are designed to develop a student's passion for the application of scientific thinking and method to the marine environment. The experience is enriched when the students connect their investigations to the traditions of maritime culture. Add to this the enduring challenge of individual and community endeavor aboard a tall ship, and you have the recipe for one of the most interesting, demanding, and rewarding academic experiences available to any student, anywhere. Learn more on the SEA Web site.

Juneau Ice Field Research program: Undergraduate and graduate students participate in an interdisciplinary study of the fifth largest ice field in the Western Hemisphere. The program is offered in cooperation with the University of Idaho's Glaciological & Arctic Sciences Institute, the Juneau Ice Field Research Program (JIRP) and The Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research (FGER) in Juneau, AK. An environmental science emphasis is also cooperative with the University of Alaska and the University of Idaho. Learn more on their Web site.

Geology summer field camps: Comprehensive listing on

GeoCorps America™: The GeoCorps America™ GSA strives to increase the presence of geoscientists on federal lands, thereby increasing the permanent hiring of geoscientists, enhancing the transfer of geoscience knowledge to land managers and the public, and raising awareness of the geosciences. If you're interested in spending your summer working on an exciting geoscience field project in a national forest or national park, check out the many paid positions on their Web site.
The School for Field Studies10: Investigate hands-on, community-focused environmental field work in some of the most beautiful and threatened ecosystems in the world while earning college credit. SFS offers fall and spring semester programs and thirty day summer courses at our field study centers in Australia, British Columbia, the British West Indies, Costa Rica, Baja, Mexico and Kenya. Learn more on their Web site.

The Keck Consortium: The consortium consists of twelve geoscience departments working together to improve education through research. They sponsor projects involving faculty and undergraduate students in a collaborative effort to solve geoscience problems. Learn more on their Web site.

Burlington region opportunities

For a list of local companies who have established internship agreements with the Geology Department, visit UVM's Career Services.
Contact the Department of Geology chair, Andrea Lini for the latest internships with the Vermont State Geologist's office.

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