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Student Membership of the GRC

Current 2016 GRC Student Members (PDF).........

Individuals with current ID card from accredited institution pay just $5 for a year of GRC Membership!

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Membership advantage include access to:

  • GRC Annual Meeting - the largest geothermal conference in North America, the GRC Annual Meeting is the most important yearly event in the geothermal world.
  • GRC Bulletin - (6 issues) official worldwide industry trade publication of the Geothermal Resources Council, the Bulletin is the definitive voice for geothermal energy development and production.
  • GRC Membership Roster and Registry of Geothermal Services & Equipment - a unique publication that provides business, consulting and research contacts throughout the international geothermal community.
  • Online GRC Library - More than 40,000 catalogued items, free downloads of premium content.
  • Education Program - special meetings, workshops, and conferences on a broad range of topics pertaining to geothermal exploration, development and utilization at a discount to members.
  • International Geothermal Association (IGA) Membership - through the GRC's affiliation with the International Geothermal Association (IGA), all GRC Members are automatically members of the IGA, which offers discount registration to its World Geothermal Congress events (every 5 years), quarterly IGA News and a special discount rate for the international publication, Geothermics.

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.

GRC Student Chapters

Portland State University
Longhorn GRC at 
The University of Texas at Austin

Imperial Valley College


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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What's New (Geothermal News & Events)

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Geothermal Design Challenge 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office, in partnership with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and the Idaho National Lab (INL), invites both high school and university (undergraduate & graduate) teams to explore the future of geothermal energy and literally draw the heat beneath your feet. (Please note only U.S. citizens are eligible to participate.) Teams of two to three members will research data, interpret information and design an infographic that tells a compelling story about the future of geothermal energy. The winning teams in each category will receive $2,500. The grand prize winner will receive $2,500 and a trip to the Geothermal Resource Council 40th Annual Meeting on Oct 23-26 in Sacramento, CA.

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Featured Student Publication

Student Committee member Kamran Jahan Baksh of the Colorado School of Mines - Mining Engineering Dept. presentied a paper at the Stanford Geothermal Workshop.

Modeling Thermal Breakthrough in Sedimentary Geothermal System, Using COMSOL Multiphysics

It is known that premature thermal breakthrough in the production well and cooling due to injection of cold water into a geothermal reservoir can degrade the quality of the reservoir operation. As the heat and mass transfer in the reservoir depends on the internal features of the reservoir and the interfacial features of surrounding rocks, there has been an increased effort to model geothermal reservoirs with detailed pore structures. In this work, the effect of heat extraction on advancement of cold front in both reservoir and surrounding host rock will be discussed. A segment of the deep sedimentary basin consists of high permeable fracture in a region with high temperature gradient is modeled. The influence of variable permeability on heat transfer within reservoir will be numerically investigated. COMSOL Multiphysics is used to generate models with different permeability
distribution for host rock.

Meet Your Student Committee - 2015

Student Committee Representative to the Board of Directors: Josh Crowell

President -
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 4/31/2016.
Past President -
Anna Crowell

A 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 4/31/2016.
Kamran Jahan Baksh

Colorado School of Mines
Mining Engineering Dept

Kamran Jahan Bakhsh is a PhD student at Colorado School of Mines, Department of Mining Engineering. Current field of research consists of ‘the effect of thermally-induced cracks on transport Properties of fracture; spatial temperature fluctuation of flowing fluid in HDR system; and rock domain thermal conductivity fluctuation. Contributing in DOE Edgar Mine Project to create a fracture network to study the flow of fluid through the fractures and to characterize the efficiency of heat transfer is my ongoing project. Student committee term expires 4/31/2016
Kamran Jahan Baksh Donnel A. Malkemus

Portland State University

A graduate student at Portland State University, Donnel's research is focused on using reservoir geochemistry and multi-component geothermometry to improve geothermal resource estimates in the Oregon and Washington Cascades. Student committee term expires 4/31/2016
Joseph Batir

Southern Methodist University

Joe Batir is a Ph.D. Candidate studying the heat flow and tectonics of Alaska to explain the anomalous heat flow pattern observed in that region. Joe has worked on heat flow of the Eastern United States, thermal modeling of the Snake River Plain, stress field analysis using Borehole Televiewer, and the use of Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) in Archeological applications. Student committee term expires 4/31/2016
Ali Moradi

Colorado School of Mines
Owen Callahan

University of Texas, Austin

Owen Callahan is a PhD student and Powers Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin, in the Jackson School of Geosciences. His research interests include the impact of hydrothermal alteration on rock and fracture mechanics, and feedback mechanisms between fluid flow, alteration, and fracture growth. Prior to returning to school, he worked as a geologist with AltaRock Energy. Student committee term expires 4/31/2016
Bach H. Pham

University of Texas, Dallas

Bach Pham is currently an M.S. student in geosciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. His research interests include the application of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) in tectonic geomorphology and the use of high-resolution satellite and aerial images for geologic mapping of Quaternary surficial sediments in southwest Nevada.
Adam Hawkins

Cornell University

Adam Hawkins is a PhD student at Cornell University in the Department of Geological Sciences and the Cornell Energy Institute. Current research includes: field experiments using multi-component reactive tracers, predictions of geothermal reservoir thermal lifetime, and measurement of fracture/matrix heat exchange via Fiber-Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (FO-DTS).Student committee term expires 4/31/2016
Hafiz M. Salman

Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

Hafiz Salman is studying M.Sc. Energy Engineering and Management at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. Previously he has studied B.Sc. Petroleum and Gas Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology Lahore Pakistan. Research interests include; hydraulic fracturing, well testing, formation evaluation, reservoir characterization, modeling and simulation of both geothermal and oil and gas reservoirs and CO2 sequestration. Student committee term expires 4/31/2016
Maciej Z. Lukawski

Cornell University, Energy Institute

Maciej Lukawski is a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at Cornell University. He works in Prof. Jefferson Tester's group. His research deals primarily with: (1) design and optimization of geothermal energy utilization systems, (2) economics of drilling geothermal and hydrocarbon wells, (3) thermal energy storage in supercritical fluids. Student committee term expires 4/31/2016
John Sisler

University of Auckland



Past Members of the GRC Student Committee

A big thanks to all the students who have dedicated time and effort to the GRC Student Committee and to geothermal research and outreach in general:

Ethina Amer-Yahia (2014)
Colorado School of Mines

Koenraad F. Beckers (2014)
Cornell University, Energy Institute

Erin Camp (2014)
Cornell University

Berkley Forbes (2014)
Northern Arizona University

Caitlin Hartig (2014)
University of North Dakota

Andrés Ruzo (2014)
Southern Methodist University
SMU Geothermal Lab

Stefano Benato (2014)
University of Nevada, Reno

James Hootsmans (2014)
Texas A&M University


Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2016

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is pleased to announce the availability of the 2016 GRC Scholarship Awards.

To qualify for one of these awards a student must be a GRC member ($5 for students) 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 expectation is that the funds provided by the GRC Scholarship Awards will be used for tuition payments and/or books and research supplies.

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 2016).
  • 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 2016).
  • 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 6, 2016 to be considered. Successful recipients will be notified by June 10, 2016.

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 2016 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
(530) 758-2360, ext. 107

Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2015

Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarship Winners (PDF) (August 10)

The scholarships, totaling $15,000, were presented at the Annual GRC Membership & Awards Luncheon at the GRC Annual Meeting, held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA, from September 20 – 23.

  • The winner of the GRC Student Project Award ($4,500) is Marisa Earll – Master’s student in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona.
  • The three winners of the GRC Graduate Scholarship Awards ($2,500 each) are Owen Callahan - PhD candidate at University of Texas at Austin, Cari Covell - Master’s student at the Iceland School of Energy of Reykjavik University, and Cary Lindsey - PhD student at University of Idaho.
  • The two winners of the GRC Undergraduate Scholarship Awards ($1,500 each) are Thomas Lund - Mechanical Engineering student at University of Colorado, Boulder and Jeffrey Olson - Petroleum Engineering student at Colorado School of Mines.

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.

Geysers Geothermal Association - Fred Haley Memorial Scholarship

Attention High School Graduating Seniors:

The Geysers Geothermal Association (GGA), a non-profit trade association which is comprised of the various companies that constitute the geothermal industry in Lake, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, is pleased to announce the availability of the Fred Haley Memorial Scholarship.

There will be one (1) scholarship awarded to a high school senior whose has relatives that are directly involved and spend a majority of their working time in Geysers Geothermal field. The scholarship will be for $5,000. The scholarship program is one of the ways the GGA endeavors to be of service to the geothermal community.

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Geothermal Programs at Universities

Universities offering education and training in geothermal energy in Europe