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2021 Geological Society of America Meeting, Portland, OR, Oct. 10-13

The CMU’s Geosciences Program was well represented at the annual GSA meeting in Portland this fall.  Ten CMU Geology students attended the meeting and a total of eight students were involved in two poster presentations.  One poster (Preliminary structural and geophysical investigation of possible Cenozoic intrusive events along the northeast Uncompahgre Plateau in Western Colorado, USA) featured ongoing research using our new magnetometer, and involved Geology students Caden Anderson, Rhett Dacuag, Karlie Hadden, and Devin Horvat.  This research was supervised by Drs. Verner Johnson, Greg Baker, and Rick Livaccari. The other poster (Miocene rivers of Western Colorado: implications for the timing of river integration in the Rocky Mountains) summarized ongoing detrital-sanidine research, and involved Geology students Sherri Randall, Leyna Weller, Aaron Orelup and Daniel Arinze.  This research was supervised by Drs. Andres Aslan, Rex Cole and Matt Heizler of New Mexico Tech. Other Geology students that attended the meeting were Roan Hall, Amanda Hicks, Myah Baker, Abby Winkler, and Anja Riedel. We also had a surprise visit from Geo alumnus Ryan Hampton who is currently finishing a M.S. degree at Central Washington University.
In addition to the poster presentations, our students attended numerous talks and poster presentations, attended short courses and career-related meetings as well as learned about graduate school opportunities. 
Attending professional meetings such as GSA is strongly encouraged by the CMU Geosciences Program and while we realize that these meetings are difficult to attend during the course of the academic year, we think that they can be hugely beneficial to the professional development of our students. Below are several “testimonials” about the GSA meeting from several of our Geology students that we hope will help motivate future Geology students to attend such meetings.