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Exploring the Earth sciences

High school students learn about research and career options in Earth sciences

Nov 8, 2012 | Article by: Judy Holmes

Aaron Satkoski talks about rock forensics and ancient rocks

Ph.D. candidate Aaron Satkoski talks with high school students about rock forensics

The Department of Earth Sciences in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences hosted more than 100 Honors Earth sciences students from Liverpool (N.Y.) High School Oct. 24 and 25. The 9th-grade students toured the classrooms and research facilities in Heroy Geology Laboratory and learned about the diverse career opportunities available to Earth sciences majors.

Departmental faculty and graduate students talked about their research and fielded questions from the 9th-graders about possible topics for their research projects in the geosciences, a course requirement for the high school students. SU alumnus Jeff Peneston, 2011 New York State Teacher of the Year, teaches Honors Earth sciences at Liverpool High School. The high school students will present their research projects next March.

Ph.D. candidate Andrew Horst talks about Lava flow

(Above) Ph.D. candidate Andrew Horst talks about lava flows and flow patterns in lava rock.

Greg Hoke talks about hydrofracking and water quality

Assistant Professor Gregory Hoke talks about the SWIFT Project and efforts to determine a baseline for water quality in areas where hydrofracking has not yet begun. Natalie Teale (standing left of Hoke) is a senior Earth sciences major who is involved with the project.


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