Several faculty and graduate students in our department carry out research on the Marcellus Gas Shale of the Appalachian basin in order to understand its sedimentology (Smosna), resource potential and petrophysics (Carr), unconventional oil and gas (Carr), geochemistry (Sharma), seismic attributes (Gao), structure (Toro, Gao) and geochronology (Wesilogel, Toro).
Our students have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of petroleum exploration and to acquire practical experience in the context of their research.
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We use both traditional field and subsurface research methods, as well state-of-the-art software tools and technology. Several faculty have experience working for major oil and gas companies and maintain on-going research collaboration. Also, we have research projects supported by the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory located here in Morgantown.
The masters degree is the professional degree in demand by the energy industry. Every year we admit about a dozen graduate students. 100% of our M. S. and Ph. D. graduates have found lucrative employment as professional geologists across the energy industry.
In 2008, a team of our students reached the top five in the world in the AAPG Imperial Barrel competition.
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