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GRC Member Sarah Pistone, M.S., Stanford class of 2011, discusses her continued work on geothermal energy, a pursuit that began in her time at Stanford in Energy Resources Engineering.


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Portland State University


Internships

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Student Committee is formally asking companies for any information on open or upcoming internships or entry level jobs appropriate for students who are active in geothermal research.

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Featured Student Publication

Computational Investigation of Hydro-Mechanical Effects on Transmissivity Evolution during the Initial Injection Phases at the Desert Peak EGS Project, NV Benato, Stefano et al

Student Committee member Stefano Benato writes about a low flow rate, low pressure shear-stimulation injection phase of an Engineered Geothermal System (EGS) experiment at Desert Peak that produced improved injection rate under constant wellhead conditions consistent with hydraulically-induced mechanical shear failure (Modes II and III) within the rock mass.

Published in the 2013 Proceedings: Stanford Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering


Meet Your Student Committee

Student Committee Representative to the Board of Directors: Anna Crowell

Student Committee Members:

Stefano Benato

A PhD student at the University of Nevada, Reno in the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering. Current research focuses on reservoir modeling, hydraulic stimulation and EGS, simulation of coupled THMC processes and their effect on the evolution of the permeability. Student committee term expires 4/31/2015.
Koenraad Beckers

A PhD student in Chemical Engineering at Cornell University. His research focuses on techno-economic modeling of low-grade geothermal energy systems, including EGS and geothermal heat pumps. Student committee term expires 4/31/2015.

Anna Crowell

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PhD student at The University of North Dakota in the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering. Current research interests include: continental heat flow, bottom-hole temperature corrections, the use of GIS to enhance understanding and identification of geothermal resources in sedimentary basins, oil fields using coproduced fluids, and the Rio Grande Rift. Student committee term expires 4/31/2015.
Erin Camp

A PhD student at Cornell University in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Current research focuses on characterizing potential low-temperature geothermal reservoirs in sedimentary basins, specifically depleted oil and/or gas reservoirs, in the northeast U.S. Student committee term expires 4/31/2015.

Berkley Forbes

An undergraduate geology student at Northern Arizona University. Current research focuses on the potential geothermal availability in the San Francisco Peaks region of Northern Arizona and the complications brought about by lateral heat diffusion through the Coconino Sandstone. Student committee term expires 4/31/2015.
James "Josh" Crowell

A PhD student at the University of North Dakota in the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering. Current research focuses on thermal conductivity measurements, local trends in thermal conductivity and how it affects geothermal potential estimates. Student committee term expires 4/31/2015.

Andrés Ruzo

A PhD Candidate at the Southern Methodist University Geothermal Laboratory in Dallas, Texas. Current research focuses on the understanding and development of geothermal systems and resources in Latin America, specifically in Perú. Student committee term expires 4/31/2015.
Caitlin Hartig

A Master's student at the University of North Dakota in the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering. Current research focuses on optimizing the process of hydraulic fracture stimulation in a Sedimentary Enhanced Geothermal System (SEGS) as a viable heat source in the Deadwood Formation of the Williston Basin in North Dakota. Student committee term expires 4/31/2015.

James Hootsmans

James is a second year master's student in the Water Degree Program at Texas A&M University. He completed an undergraduate research project on the geothermal potential of Maine while at Colby College. James' interests in geothermal energy include both domestic and international use and issues. Student Committee term expires 4/31/2015.
  Ethina Amer-Yahia  

Scholarships

Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2015

To qualify for one of these awards a student must be a GRC member (student memberships are only $5 per year) as well as a student in an accredited academic institution. Selection of recipients will be based upon a variety of factors, including the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals.

The following awards are available:

  • Two (2) GRC Undergraduate Scholarship Awards of $1,500 – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be a third or fourth year undergraduate majoring in engineering or geosciences at the time of the award (Fall 2015).
  • Three (3) GRC Graduate Scholarship Awards of $2,500 – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be enrolled in a graduate-level program in engineering or geosciences at the time of the award (Fall 2015).
  • One (1) Student Geothermal Project Award of $4,500 –  selection of recipient will be based primarily upon the creation and description of a geothermal-focused project, though other factors such as the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals will factor into the determination as well. The project can represent a variety of academic subjects, including, but not limited to, geosciences, engineering, and economics. The primary requirement is that the project be focused on some aspect of geothermal power production, geothermal direct use applications or geothermal heat pumps.

Applications must be received by May 4, 2015 to be considered. Successful recipients will be notified by June 2, 2015.

Applications must include:

  1. Copies of all relevant college transcripts.
  2. List of student activities, including offices held, as well as a list and brief description of all extracurricular and/or community activities.
  3. List of geothermal-related classes and any relevant field or operational experience.
  4. Two (2) letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references.
  5. A letter of application discussing the applicant’s background, career goals and objectives, with particular reference to applicant’s relationship to geothermal energy and the geo-sciences. The letter should also state how the applicant intends to use the scholarship money and what results (publications, thesis etc.) will be produced.
  6. (Student Geothermal Project Award only): A short project description (5 or fewer pages) describing the purpose and methodology, as well as any anticipated results. A budget should be included with the project description and effort should be made to describe the benefits that the project offers to the geothermal community. The award recipients will be invited to present the results of their projects at the 2015 GRC Annual Meeting held in Reno, Nevada.

Please state clearly in your application letter the award for which you are applying.

Applications should be addressed to:

Geothermal Resources Council
GRC Scholarship Award Committee
P.O. Box 1350
Davis, CA 95617

Please direct questions regarding the scholarship awards to: Brian Schmidt, bschmidt@geothermal.org or 530-758-2360, ext. 107

Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2014

Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarship Winners (PDF) (June 23, 2014)

  • The winners of the Undergraduate scholarships ($1,500) were Megan Dewit of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, and Paige Granneman of the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.
  • The three winners of the Graduate scholarships ($2,500) were Nastaran Arianpoo of the University of British Columbia, Canada; Joseph Batir of Southern Methodist University, Texas, USA, and Maciej Lukawski of Cornell Energy Institute in New York, USA.
  • The Geothermal Project award ($4,500) went to Holly McLachlan of the University of Nevada, Reno, USA.

The recipients were presented with their awards at the 2014 GRC Annual Meeting, held at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA, September 28 – October 1, 2014.


Competitions

The US Energy Department announced the 2014 winners of the National Geothermal Student Competition and the Geothermal Case Study Challenge at the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo in Portland, Oregon. These competitions challenged college and university students to develop professional business solutions for public outreach as well as case studies that could help industry more accurately pinpoint geothermal resources in subsurface areas across the United States.

The winning student teams—from Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada and Colorado School of Mines in Denver, Colorado—demonstrated exceptional rigor in their research and useful interpretation of technical geothermal concepts. Geothermal energy is an important part of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy, supplying American homes and businesses with clean, renewable power around the clock.

National Geothermal Student Competition

Phil Ulibarri (right) accepts the plaque for 1st 
prize from GTO Director Doug Hollett

The theme of this year's National Geothermal Student Competition, GeoEnergy Is Beautiful, encouraged teams to focus on a non-technical deployment barrier: communicating the benefits of geothermal energy. The contest challenged students to create innovative infographics using publicly available data, scientific understanding, and graphics, and also to develop an associated outreach strategy. The top 2014 teams are:

  1. Truckee Meadow Community College
  2. The University of Texas—Pan American
  3. The University of Mississippi
Travis Brown (left) explains his poster

Geothermal Case Study Challenge

The Geothermal Case Study Challenge centered on aggregating geothermal data to identify trends in locating geothermal energy resources. Participating student teams produced several well-researched case studies detailing the exploration, development, and geologic history of select U.S. geothermal resource areas. The students added their case studies to OpenEI.org, the Energy Department's open-source energy information platform, to ensure that their work can inform future exploration and development efforts. The top three student teams were:
  1. Colorado School of Mines, covering the Waunita Hot Springs Geothermal Area in Colorado
  2. University of North Dakota, covering the Mt. Princeton Geothermal Area in Colorado
  3. University of North Dakota, covering the Lightning Dock Geothermal Area in New Mexico

Geothermal Programs at Universities