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Geology professor wins digital learning award


After a year of virtual and hybrid learning, the creative use of technology in the teaching and learning process is becoming the “new normal.” To celebrate excellence and innovation in digital learning across the University, the Office of the Provost and West Virginia Public Education Collaborative announced the third annual faculty Digital Learning Awards this week. Congratulations to Associate Professor of Geology Graham Andrews!

Research Spotlight


What's your fish story?

What's your fish story? Everyone has one as Dr. Zoe Todd explained during their amazing colloquium talk. Check out this clip from this past March and visit our YouTube channel for the whole talk. Incredible!

Watch the talk.


C r oss-section of Identity

Dr. Twyla Baker, president of Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College  gave a G&G colloquium talk about identity, academia, pedagogy, and Indigenous education.

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WVU Geology Faculty Develops Virtual Lab

When the coronavirus began to spread around the world in early 2020,  West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography's Graham Andrews knew he needed to act fast. He already had 3D photography software and a drone on hand for a volcanology research project. But with some quick thinking and the help of five students, an idea was born -- a virtual geology lab. 

Read more in Eberly Magazine.

Student Spotlight

Geology graduate student unlocking the history of life on Earth.


Growing up as a loyal fan of “Jurassic Park” in a family of nature lovers, geology student Sam Ocon always knew she wanted to be a paleontologist. Today, she is fulfilling her dream of studying invertebrate paleontology. Her research on the evolution of horseshoe crabs was selected for presentation at the Future Leaders of Paleontology session of the Geological Society of America’s 2020 annual meeting, held virtually last month.

Read more about her experience.

horseshoecrabMedicine and The Horseshoe Crab

Horseshoe crabs have been around for 450 million years — nearly unchanged. Their blood has helped the medical world make some fascinating discoveries. Hear West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography student Sam Ocon discuss these unique creatures in the latest episode of NPR's Short Wave. 

Listen to the interview.

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WVU Geography graduate student, Michelle Bester is the 2021 recipient of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing’s William A. Fischer Memorial Scholarship.  The nationally competitive scholarship is awarded to one student per year.

Read more about her research. 

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Student Organizations

We offer several student organizations to help you make the most of of your education.

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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

Selected students are awarded a $3,500 stipend for eight weeks of mentored research. An additional $2,000 is available for travel to a professional conference or for supplies.

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We invite speakers from around the world to talk with students and faculty within the department. 


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