The Department of Geosciences pursues fundamental, cutting–edge and strategic research in areas of the geosciences that have great societal impact and educates students for careers that advance the forefront of knowledge in the geosciences. It focus on development and management of natural resources, assessment of natural hazards, understanding of processes that modify the Earth’s surface and how they respond to natural and anthropogenic forces, and investigation of the habitability of Earth and other planets in the past, present and future. View the information below to learn more.
Department of Geosciences - Pushing the Frontiers of Research
An international leader in the geosciences, Penn State University is pushing the frontiers of research. With new instruments and new, cutting-edge techniques, students and researchers are addressing societal relevant problems that will sustain us all into the future.
An exhibition held Oct. 1-6 will showcase the research and materials for a new course that investigates a select group of rocks and minerals used in the production of art between the Prehistoric Era and Early Modern period.
"The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science" is a documentary and photographic project about women working in the male-dominated field of paleontology. It celebrates the contributions of women scientists and highlights the challenges and obstacles they face. Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences will host a screening of the 22-minute documentary and presentation, followed by a panel discussion, question-and-answer session and reception from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in 22 Deike Building on the University Park campus. The events are free and open to the public.
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) has entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Montan University Leoben, in Leoben, Austria, to develop a student exchange partnership that will link two educational institutions known for their expertise in sustainable approaches to materials sciences, mining and geosciences, with additional partnership opportunities with Penn State's Earth and Environmental Systems Institute.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $3 million grant to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers to create a new graduate program that will train students to find solutions to real-world problems facing Food-Energy-Water (FEW) systems.