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Congratulations to the Class of 2023!

May 23, 2023

Graduating Class of 2023

The Department of Geological Sciences marked a significant milestone on Friday, May 19, 2023, as it hosted this year’s departmental convocation ceremony. The event served as a well-deserved recognition and celebration of the hard work and dedication displayed by this year’s graduating class of undergraduate and graduate students. Amidst an air of excitement and anticipation, the convocation brought together faculty, families, and friends to honor the achievements of these scholars. Read more

CSUN Students Honored at Coast Geological Society Awards

April 19, 2023

Ryan Kellis, Dr. Jen Cotton, Dr. Priya Ganguli, Katya Yanez, & Dr. Richard Heermance at CGS2023

Two CSUN Geology students were given awards at the third annual Coast Geological Society Student Symposium on April 18, 2023. The award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student was given to Katya Yanez, who also presented her research, "The Mineralogy and Morphology of Dunes on Mars." Read more

Professor Elena Miranda hosts “2023 EBSD Workshop” in CSUN Dept. of Geological Sciences

April 1, 2023

Dr. Miranda leading workshop

Professor Elena Miranda hosts “2023 EBSD Workshop” in CSUN Dept. of Geological Sciences.  

From March 23-26, Dr. Elena Miranda hosted a highly anticipated four-day workshop centered around the application of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) in the exploration of tectonic processes as part of a NSF-funded research project focused on intra-arc shear zones in Fiordland, New Zealand This engaging event brought together a diverse group of participants exclusively from Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), including institutions such as the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Cal State Fullerton, and Texas Tech University. The workshop attracted an impressive cohort comprising both enthusiastic students and knowledgeable faculty members, all eager to delve into the realm of EBSD. A total of 15 individuals participated in this multi-day workshop, with 8 attendees joining Dr. Miranda in person to experience the workshop's immersive atmosphere. In an era where virtual connections are increasingly valuable, the workshop also embraced remote engagement, welcoming 7 individuals who actively participated and enriched the discussions through the convenient medium of Zoom. This blended format fostered collaboration and ensured that participants from various geographical locations could actively contribute to the workshop's vibrant learning environment.

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39th Fall Field Frolic - From C-to-Z and Back Again! (Photos)

November 28, 2022


The annual geology department Fall Field Frolic spent this year exploring the Mojave Preserve and surrounding geologic sights. After stops at Rainbow Basin and Lake Manyx to examine fluvio-lacustrine deposits, the group settled into Zzyzx Research Station as the weekend’s base of operations. From Zzyzx, we made trips to Teutonia Peak, Kelso Dunes, and Hole-in-the-Wall. Led by Dick Heermance with special expertise provided by Robinson Cecil and Nancy Van Wagoner! Thank you to all the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends who were able to attend from all over the continent! Enjoy some photos from the trip here.


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