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Featured Student Publication

GIS-Based Geothermal Resource Assessment of the Denver Basin: Colorado and Nebraska (PDF) - Crowell, Anna M.; Gosnold, Will

Student Committee Chair Anna Crowell writes about a volumetric analysis of the geothermal resource potential of the Denver basin using bottom-hole temperatures (BHTs) from approximately 53,000 wells in Colorado and Nebraska.

Published in the 2013 Geothermal Resources Council Transactions

Meet Your Student Committee

Student Committee Representative to the Board of Directors: Anna Crowell

Student Committee Members:

Ethina Amer-Yahia   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 4/31/2014.
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 4/31/2014.
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 4/31/2014.
Anna Crowell

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 4/31/2014.
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 4/31/2014.
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.
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 4/31/2014.
James Hootsmans   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.

Scholarships & Competitions

Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2014

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

The following awards have been awarded:

  • The winners of the Undergraduate scholarships ($1,500) are 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) are 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) goes 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.

National Geothermal Student 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, 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