• Dr. Julie Stein gives a seminar talk

    Dr. Julie Stein, an alumna, Executive Director of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington, gives a talk for the department's seminar series, which hosts over 25 speakers a year.

  • Dan Rogers, Director of Environmental Affairs at Amsted Industries, Inc., presents his research to a large crowd of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and industry members as part of the department's annual seminar series.

The Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University sponsors a seminar series, a writing workshop series, student proposal sessions and thesis and dissertation defenses. Check back frequently for the latest updates!

Teaching Assistant Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for all TAs

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 | 10 a.m. to noon | Rood Hall 1192

Graduate Student Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for all graduate students

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

  • 10 to 11:30 a.m. | New graduate students
    Meet in Rood Hall lobby near the main office, then walk to Wood 1710
  • 11:30 a.m. to noon | Lunch (provided)
  • Noon to 1 p.m. | All graduate students

Fall 2016 Seminar Series

All seminars take place on Monday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m. in Rood Hall 1118

Sept. 12 | Introduction to the Department
Department of Geosciences faculty and staff

Sept. 19 | Straight Talk on Geosciences Careers: Finding Your own Path
Diana Morton-Thompson and Paul Daniels,
Principals—Earth Resources International, LLC

Oct. 3 | The Impact of Space Weather on the Human Exploration of Mars
When will a human explorer visit Mars? This presentation will outline the rationale, current plans and limitations of future human space exploration in the context of space weather—the dynamic space environment that currently impacts our space-based and ground-based technology and society.  
Dr. Mark Moldwin,
Professor of space sciences and engineering and applied physics—University of Michigan

Oct. 17 | Right to Know
Mark Weiss
Director of environmental health and safety—Western Michigan University

Oct. 24 | Shots Fired
Cam Vossen
Emergency management administrator—Western Michigan University

Nov. 7 | Inquiry Into Intro: What's Possible with Introductory Geology Students?Dr. Katherine Ryker
Assistant professor of earth science and earth science education—Eastern Michigan University

Nov. 14 | (Title forthcoming)Dr. Sven Morgan
Professor of structural geology and tectonics—Central Michigan University