Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2014

Attention students:

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has extended the due date for 2014 GRC Scholarship Awards applications. The new date is May 1, 2014. Selected recipients will be notified no later then June 2, 2014.

To qualify for one of these awards a student must be a GRC member (student memberships are only $5 per year) and must meet the award-specific requirements listed below. 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 $1500 – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be a third or fourth year undergraduate majoring in engineering or geosciences.
  • Three (3) GRC Graduate Scholarship Awards of $2500 – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be enrolled in, or have been accepted into, a graduate-level program in engineering or geosciences.
  • One (1) Student Geothermal Project Award of $4500 –  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 1, 2014. to be considered. Successful recipients will be notified by June 2, 2014.

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 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. 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 2014 GRC Annual Meeting held in Portland, Oregon.

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 GRC Scholarship Awards to:

Brian Schmidt
bschmidt@geothermal.org
(530) 758-2360, ext 107

The awardees for 2013 have been chosen. The recipients were announced at the 2013 GRC Annual Meeting, held at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 29 – October 2.


U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

National Geothermal Student Competition

The U.S. Department Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Program and  Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education have announced the 2014 Geothermal Student Competition.

This year’s Competition focuses on a non-technical barrier to geothermal development: public communications. Students are asked to develop a cutting-edge geothermal communications tool that integrates accurate, technical information with a graphical visualization info graphic. Students will also create an outreach plan to disseminate the infographic to local middle and high schools.

The five finalists will attend the GRC Annual Meeting in Portland and the winners will be announced. Additionally, GRC Annual Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to vote for a “People’s Choice Award,” the winner of which will be announced at the GRC Annual Meeting’s conclusion.                      More information..........


National Geothermal Academy

10-day Geoscience Course

11-20 June, University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), Nevada, USA

A 10-day intensive course focused on geothermal geology, geochemistry, and geophysics taught by experts in the field at the University of Nevada, Reno. This program is intended for outstanding undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals with strong backgrounds in science, math, and/or engineering.

More Information.....


U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - Geothermal Technology Office

Geothermal Case Study Challenge

In Spring 2014, the Department of Energy's Geothermal Technology Office will sponsor a challenge in which university student teams will complete a series of case studies detailing the exploration and development history of select geothermal resource areas.

Professors at participating universities are encouraged to consult the provided geothermal web links to structure their course and support the project through their course assessments. Participating student groups will produce a case study detailing the exploration, development (where applicable), and geologic history of selected U.S. geothermal resource areas as a part of the final assessment of their coursework.

University/Professor Sign-up (soft) Deadline - January 31
Student/Group Sign-up Deadline - February 25
Final Case Study Area Selection Deadline - February 28

As a part of this research, students will also evaluate the effectiveness of different exploration activities conducted at their chosen site(s), for both operating and non-developed geothermal areas. This collection of information will add to the data available from the 14 existing case studies currently published on OpenEI. The goal is for these case studies to be used in future analyses to compare and contrast exploration techniques that were helpful in identifying and delineating resources with similar conceptual models. These data could aid in developing future exploration plans in undiscovered areas in the U.S.

Student groups producing the top 5 highest quality case studies will be awarded paid travel to present their work in a poster session at the 2014 GRC Annual Meeting in Portland Oregon, Sept 28th – Oct. 1st.

More information.......


International Geothermal Association (IGA)

Ph.D. Student Research Grant

Submission deadline 5 March 2014.

The purpose of the IGA PhD Student Research Grant program is to assist PhD students registered in a recognized program at a PhD-degree granting institution who is undertaking research in a subject area of geothermal energy in support of the student’s dissertation research work. The award mainly focuses on enhancing the student’s general research experience. The research independence of the applicant as well as the novelty and implications of research performed as a graduate student will be used for evaluation purposes. A PhD Student Research Grant consists of a grant of up to $3000 (US).

The actual amount will be decided by the IGA based on the request of the applicant and justifications. The funds may be used for direct research expenses (e.g. software license, computational time, analytical cost and incentives). It may not be used for tuition or personal expenses. IGA secretariat reimburses the expenditures based on evidence (original receipts) of eligible spending. Tuition fees are not included in the expenditures of the grant. In 2014, three research grants are issued. More information......

IGA_Ph.D_Student_Research_Grant_Application_Template_MS_Word.docx (52 K)
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Geothermal Programs at Universities