Research is a fundamental part of the Albion geology experience. Students have a variety of opportunities to conduct independent research. The student research experience typically includes several steps: writing a short proposal, conducting field work and sampling, completing laboratory analyses, writing up methods and results, and giving an oral presentation.
Research as part of classes: All students enrolled in our Introductory Geology course complete small-scale group research projects and many advanced geology classes provide field and/or lab research opportunities as part of the lab experience.
Independent and Collaborative Research: Upper-level geology students are encouraged to complete independent research projects in collaboration with faculty members, either as semester-long directed studies or as summer projects. Students are encouraged to complete senior theses, which are great springboards for graduate school and careers as professional geologists.
Student Research Opportunities