Here are some interesting
facts that our President, Tony Frank, has pointed out. (The
following is a quote from a public email he has written).
The CSU Geosciences
department is widely recognized as producing highly qualified
field-oriented students with practical skills that industry
needs. And there is a large demand for new
geoscientists. See this paper about the geoscience
- * We’re in our 3rd year of record enrollment.
* We enroll students from every county in Colorado as well as around
the world, and we’re on track to continue to enroll and graduate more
Coloradans than any other campus.
* We produce more STEM (science, technology, engineering and
mathematics) graduates to help drive the state’s economy than any other
campus, and we produce more STEM high school teachers than any other
university in Colorado.
* 1 in 4 of our students are the first in their families to go to
college, and we have the same percentage of low-income students we had
two decades ago.
* We beat the predicted averages for graduation rates of our students,
and our graduates leave CSU with lower-than-average debt loads.
* We graduate minority students within 1 percentage point of majority
graduation rates – still 1 percent too large, but unheard of in terms
of the small size of this gap for a comprehensive research university.
Current Graduate Students
I currently have three
Mohit Agarwal has
recently joined us for a summer M.S. internship, and
we are looking forward to M.S. student Brianna Lyons joining us in the
Prospective Graduate Students or Post-Docs
I am usually keeping an eye out
for new M.S. and
Ph.D. students from a variety of backgrounds--Geology, Physics,
Engineering, Math, etc.---that enjoy doing a little math and
programming. An ideal student has written some perl, python,
fortran, matlab, or something similar, and knows math up through
partial differential equations. But many students learn these
skills as they go, and that is fine too. My current research is
summarized here and here;
please drop me a line if
you are interested. Please note that CSU
enforces a minimum
GPA requirement of 3.0, unless there are extenuating
circumstances. If you are curious about
seismology in general, you may wish to take a look at this document on what the
academic seismolgy community sees as important (I was a
When you are not learning new stuff or doing research, you'll find CSU
is a great university and Fort Collins is a great place to live.
It often ranks as one of the best
places to live in the U.S., and is a great place to spend a few
years. If you like the outdoors, the mountains are just up the
road, the weather is usually great, and the city itself has the
amenities of a college town and is safer than most.
page about appying to graduate school. And if you think
you might be interested in working with me, feel free to drop me an
email. I do get a lot of spam emails, so please if you could note
what about the work we do here might be of interest to you, that would
be of great assistance in helping me know that you didn't send the same
email to 1000 other faculty.
updated on July 1, 2010.