Applying for Research in the Geology Department

 

Types of Research Experiences

  • Collaborative Inquiry Grant-funded research (CIG). This is a competitive grant program funded by UST. You submit a proposal for either a Fall or Spring semester CIG (see deadlines below). The grant pays for 10 hours per week of research during the semester. Some faculty will require you to write a CIG proposal to conduct research with them. This up to the discretion of the faculty member.
  • Young Scholars Grant-funded research (YSG). This is a competitive grant program funded by UST. You submit a proposal to work during the summer on collaborative research. The grant pays a full time stipend for 10 weeks during the summer. Some faculty will require you to write a YSG proposal to conduct research with them. This up to the discretion of the faculty member.
  • Faculty Grant-funded research. Geology faculty may have their own grant funds to support student research. In these cases the faculty member will pay you a stipend off of that grant. Work hours may vary depending on the semester.
  • Research for Credit: GEOL 497. You can satisfy a 400 level course requirement in the Geology major by completing an independent research course with a faculty member. Some students will use a course like this to complete a research project that previously funded by the above methods. Some faculty may strongly encourage you to take a course like this if they have been funding paid research during other semesters.

The Process

  1. First, plan ahead. Get to know the deadlines (below). Do some background research. What projects are faculty pursuing? Which ones sound interesting to you? Talk to the faculty! Geology faculty will try to put out summaries of their research on a regular basis, particularly when they are looking for a student collaborator. Watch for these.
  2. Research Application Form, print it, sign it, and submit it to the current faculty research coordinator, Jeni McDermott, jamcdermott@stthomas.edu.
  3. Meet the deadline(s). We have three deadlines that coincide with Fall, Spring, or Summer research grant deadlines (the CIG and YSG deadlines above). 

If you want to do research in one of these semesters...

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester 

Beginning of Spring Semester: Faculty release project information and application form

February 15: Students submit application  and project choice to the department research coordinator. Advisors will contact students they think will be good fits for their project(s) by 2/28.

March 1: Student begins working on CIG grant proposal with potential advisor, as agreed upon previously

April 1: Student submits CIG to potential advisor. Advisor decides whether the grant is high enough quality to move forward and whether or not student is ready for collaboratative research

First week of April: Fall CIG proposals due

Beginning of Fall Semester: Faculty release project information and application form

September 15: Students submit application  and project choice to the department research coordinator. Advisors will contact students they think will be good fits for their project(s) by 9/28.

October 1: Student begins working on CIG grant proposal with potential advisor, as agreed upon previously

November 1: Student submits CIG to potential advisor. Advisor decides whether the grant is high enough quality to move forward and whether or not student is ready for collaboratative research

First week of November: Fall CIG proposals due

 

December 1: Faculty release project information and application form

December 15: Students submit application  and project choice to the department research coordinator. Advisors will contact students they think will be good fits for their project(s) by 1/1.

January 1: Student begins working on YSG grant proposal with potential advisor, as agreed upon previously

February 10: Student submits YSG to potential advisor. Advisor decides whether the grant is high enough quality to move forward and whether or not student is ready for collaboratative research

Mid-February: YSG proposals due