We measure our success as a department by our students’ opportunities and achievements. That’s important. It means that the Geology faculty will be behind you every step of the way:
- In the classroom, helping you master the requisite professional skills.
- In the field and the lab, providing the “hands-on” experience that employers and graduate schools tell us make Juniata graduates uniquely qualified.
- As mentors, working with you to develop internships, research projects, and professional connections that will benefit you at the next level and throughout your careers.
As a result, Geology graduates are successful in both graduate school and professional positions.
Approximately half of our students apply to and attend graduate school directly after completing their undergraduate degrees. An additional 25% of our alumni complete graduate degrees at a later time. In seven of the previous eight years, every Juniata geology student who applied to graduate programs was accepted with full funding--the vast majority into multiple programs. ("Full funding" means that the student did not pay for the graduate program and also received a stipend to cover living expenses.) Over the past 10 years, our students have attended graduate programs at the following universities:
- Baylor University
- East Carolina University
- Idaho State University
- Iowa State University
- Kent State University
- Miami University
- Michigan State University
- New Mexico Tech
- Old Dominion University
- Penn State University
- Purdue University
- Southern Illinois University
- SUNY, Albany
- Texas Tech University
- University of Arizona
- University of Colorado
- University of Hawaii
- University of Idaho
- University of Kentucky
- University of Maine
- University of Minnesota
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- University of Nevada, Reno
- University of New Hampshire
- University of South Carolina
- University of South Florida
- University of Tennessee
- University of Texas
- University of Virginia
- Vanderbilt University
- Virginia Tech
- Washington State University
- Washington University
- West Virginia University
- Wright State University
Our students are awarded some of the most prestigious fellowships and scholarships in the country as a result of their unique training, experience, work habits, and professionalism.
Lauren Bierly '01 was awarded the National Science Foundation Fellowship, which is awarded to the top U.S. students entering graduate school in the sciences. It covers all educational and living expenses associated with completion of a graduate degree.
Jonathan Cohen '08 is currently pursuing a master's degree from Immaculata University following his career as a geologist at Earth Engineering, Inc., in Norristown, Pa. He credits Juniata geologists Ryan Mathur and Larry Mutti as well as Russian Literature professor Jim Roney as laying the foundation for his career paths. From igneous rock to Tolstoy, Jonathan feels that Juniata prepared him “academically, professionally and personally.”
Beth Diesel '05 was awarded the Cunningham Fellowship, which is awarded to Ph.D. students with outstanding credentials and potential as doctoral degree candidates at Virginia Tech University.
Kevin Eastham '99 was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Fellowship, which is awarded to the single most outstanding graduate student entering Purdue University. It covers all educational and living expenses associated with completion of a graduate degree.
Will Koeppen '01 was awarded the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences Fellowship, which is awarded to the top students in the U.S. entering a graduate program in planetary science. It covers all educational and living expenses associated with completion of a graduate degree.
Mike Nguyen '12 is pursuing his doctorate in geology at Baylor University, on a full scholarship.
Justin Paul '12 is pursuing his master’s degree in earth sciences at the University of Memphis. His graduate study is fully funded. Justin’s undergraduate success included an Environmental Protection Agency Greater Research Opportunities scholarship that landed him an internship with the USDA.
Chris Thomas '99 was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student in the College of Arts and Sciences at Vanderbilt University. This honor is awarded to the single most outstanding graduate student entering the College of Arts and Sciences and covers all educational and living expenses associated with completion of a graduate degree.
Caitlan Zlatos '06 was awarded the St. Andrews Society Fellowship, awarded to the top five undergraduate students in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, and covers $10,000 to support study at the top universities in Scotland. Caitlan was also awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a competitive, national award of $7,500 for top undergraduate students in math and sciences.
Craig Ebersole '09 is employed as a researcher with Mountain Research LLC in Altoona, Pa.
Genna Houston '08 is currently employed as a geologist at E.A. Earth Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc., in Hunt Valley, Md. While at Juniata, Genna most enjoyed mangrove restoration with Neil Pelkey, sulfide research with Ryan Mathur and learning to use a water level indicator, which impressed her employer on her first day of work.
Monica McGrath '13 is employed in material science at R.J. Lee group, in Monroeville, Pa., where she interned in summer 2012.
Tyler Thomas '12 is currently employed as a mud logger at Seiman & Associates in Midland, Texas.
Graduates—working with Geology faculty and the College’s Career Services Office—who seek professional positions are hired. Quickly. Consistently. All of them. And, they go on to excel in top positions in diverse fields of geology such as environmental science, petroleum and coal, minerals, natural hazards, primary research and museums, space science, business, and education. Some of the professional positions that Juniata Geology alumni hold include:
- Vice President of Rettew Associates, Inc. (environmental and engineering services)
- Senior Vice President, Pacific Capital Bank Corporation
- Growth Supervisor, ConocoPhilips
- President, Hydrosolve, Inc. (geological software)
- Production Geology Functional Leader, Shell Oil
- Haas Distinguished Professor and Geology Department Chair, University of Kansas
- Operations Manager and Principal, ERM (environmental and engineering services)
- Chief, Division of Mine Hazards, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
- Chief, Division of Remediation Services, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
- Vice President, Inter Power Development Corporation
- Executive Vice President, Martin Marietta Materials
- Northeast Regional Director, Lawhon and Associates (environmental and engineering services)
- President, Eads Group (environmental and engineering services)
- Petroleum geologists for Chevron, Marathon Oil, ExxonMobile, ConocoPhillips, Shell, Kerr-McGee, and many regional petroleum firms.