Areas of faculty expertise at SIU cover most of the major subdisciplines in geology. The backgrounds of our faculty are as diverse as their interests; they have doctorates from across the country, including Brown, Indiana, Iowa, Northern Illinois, Ohio State, Pennsylvania State, Stony Brook, Southern Illinois - Carbondale, and Utah, and international universities such as Melbourne, Australia, and Toulouse, France.
Among our faculty are distinguished leaders in their fields, actively engaged in exciting research. Their activities range from detailed studies of the properties and geochemistry of coal constituents to the study of the structure of the midcontinent seismic zone.
SIU is known nationally for its active commitment to undergraduate research and we encourage geology undergraduate students to take part in faculty research projects. Working in the forefront of new developments in geology is an exciting prospect that may lead you to participation in preparing publications and making presentations at professional meetings; it is also excellent preparation for graduate school. Research opportunities often include assistantship positions from external grants (NSF, ICCI, etc.), or internal sources such as the REACH (Research-Enriched Academic Challenge) program or opportunities available through various undergraduate assistantship programs here at SIU. Students interested in undergraduate research should contact faculty in their area of interest to see what openings are available.
For more information on undergraduate research opportunities at SIU, please download this brochure, "Research Opportunities for Undergraduates."