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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 16, 2010

Geology students present research projects at Geological Society of American meeting

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Five geology students presented undergraduate research projects at the combined North Central and South Central Geological Society of America (GSA) meeting, April 11-13, in Branson, Mo.

More than 800 professional geologists, faculty and students attended the conference from states ranging from Ohio to Minnesota and south through Texas.

At the meeting, the students either presented their research in a 12-minute oral presentation with a question-answer period, or they stood with their poster and answered questions during the poster session.

Martin Joseph Fisher, senior geology major, presented his undergraduate research project at the meeting and was one of four oral presenters awarded with a framed certificate and $250. Martin is the first undergraduate geology major at Northwest to receive the award from the Geological Society of America. Dr. John P. Pope, assistant professor of geology, was the advisor on the project, titled "Conodont biostratigraphy of marine units above the type Tebo Coal, Henry County, Mo."

In order to attend and present at large regional conferences such as GSA, the students must secure funding for their projects and complete the research, often by traveling to field locations and working in a research lab. In January, the students submitted abstracts of their research to be reviewed and accepted for presentation at the meeting.

"The experience for an undergraduate student to present at GSA is extremely valuable," Dr. Renee Rohs, associate professor of geosciences, said. "It gives them a chance to see the importance of disseminating their results, being able to support or defend those results, and considering alternative hypotheses. It is the scientific method in action."

Rohs, Pope and Aaron Johnson, assistant professor of geosciences, attended the conference as presenters, session chairs and co-authors.

Presenters and their presentations were:

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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