Presentation on theme: "Have you ever considered being a seismologist?"— Presentation transcript:
1 Have you ever considered being a seismologist? Justin R. Brown, NSF Postdoctoral ScholarWe are here because contrary to what Calvin believes, you have the skills and preparation necessary for a successful career in geophysics.
2 GeophysicistsADD FIELDWORK IMAGE OF YOURSELFMeasure, examine, model, and explore the physical properties of Earth and other planetary objects, from the depths of the ocean to the tops of volcanoes, from Earth’s core to the edges of space and beyond.Work can be either in the field, in the lab or both!Opportunities to travel the world and work in unique places abound in the field. Geophysics can be an adventure!The problems that geophysicists work on help us understand where we live. These problems have real world value and frequently have direct impacts on human lives.
3 Geophysics specialties Seismologist - study of earthquakes and the propagation of elastic waves through Earth or through other planet-like bodies.Geodesist – study earth’s shape, gravity field, and rotationMarine geophysicistPetroleum geophysicistMining geophysicistEnvironmental geophysicistExploration geophysicistData used….Active seismicElectrical resistivityElectromagneticsGPSGravityInfrasoundMagneticsPassive seismicMost geophysicists develop specialties, however most geophysicists continuously learn about new specialties gradually and unconsciously. Many of these data types are likely to be things that physics students already know something about… time series data, etc.
4 Well-positioned for a GEOphysics career... Where are geophysicists employed… Academia, Government, Private Sector (Engineering and Environmental monitoring companies, Petroleum and mining companies, Banks and insurance companies, etc), Non-Profit.In the geosciences the Master’s is largely the working degree and can be built on top of a physics or math undergraduate degree.
5 Well-paying career options with or without a PhD PhysicistGeologist (GEOphysicist)$105,430 (2010 Median)Entry degree = PhDJob outlook = 14% by (~ average)$82,500 (2010 Median)Entry degree = B.S (M.S)Job outlook = 21% by (faster than average)The BLS lumps geophysics in with geologist generally. Thus, they list the entry degree as a B.S. but this is really an M.S. for geophysics. Also,Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
6 Job outlook = 6% by 2020 (slower than average) $82,500 (2010 Median) Electrical EngineerGeologist (GEOphysicist)$87,180 (2010 Median)Entry degree = B.SJob outlook = 6% by (slower than average)$82,500 (2010 Median)Entry degree = B.S (M.S)Job outlook = 21% by (faster than average)
7 Job outlook = 19% (slightly above average) $82,500 (2010 Median) Civil EngineerGeologist (GEOphysicist)$77,560 (2010 Median)Entry degree = B.SJob outlook = 19% (slightly above average)$82,500 (2010 Median)Entry degree = B.S (M.S)Job outlook = 21% by (faster than average)
16 Chile Quick FactsFebruary 27, 2010, M 8.8 Earthquake Epicenter was 335 km SW of Santiago 521 people killed Over 3 minutes of groundshaking Tsunami Generated 1.29 meters high
17 2011- A year of seismic hazard wake-up calls March. 11 M 9 2011- A year of seismic hazard wake-up calls March. 11 M 9.0 Japan, Aug. 23 M 5.7 VA
18 Geophysics math Matrix Algebra ODEs and PDEs Complex Calculus and Vector AnalysisStatisticsComputational Physics
19 Exploring (GEO)physics further Attend Geoscience colloquium Take an elective from the Geoscience Dept.Participate in a summer internship experience!IRIS Undergraduate Internships in SeismologyUNAVCO’s Research Experiences in Solid Earth Sciences (RESESS)
20 Internship Opportunities IRISFlexible length - 9 to 14 weeks research placementsSingle year onlyParticipants distributed both within the US and abroadVirtual communication among cohort emphasizedResearch projects include all specialties within seismologyTravel and weekly stipendFull funding to present research at the Fall AGU conference in San Francisco, CAMulti-summer diversity-focused11 weeks research placement/summerFirst year interns located in Boulder, CO (2nd-4th year interns anywhere)Research projects include a variety of solid Earth science topicsTravel, lodging, and competitive monthly salaryAcademic year support:ScholarshipsGRE test feesFunding for conference attendanceGraduate school application assistanceThis slide tries to differentiate between the two programs. However, there are more similarities than differences. Similarities include a strong focus on mentoring, and skill/knowledge development (e.g. Orientation week, field trips, communications training, Writing courses, etc).Aisha comments:We don’t actually have a weekly stipend. The students are employees of UNAVCO and earn a salary that changes each year to year (increases by a specific factor); and also increases with each year students participate in the programSummer support also includes communications training, GRE prep classes, and field tripsDeadline for both programs is February 1, 2014