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Graduate Study in Seismology and Geophysics

With the rapid increase in the amount of seismic data collected in the oceans and on land, the opportunities to study the earth and earthquakes have never been richer than they are today. Yet how to fully extract the rich information about the structure and dynamics of the Earth from broadband seismic records remains a challenge. We look for motivated students to join us to overcome this challenge and to understand the history and dynamics that have shaped the oceans and continents. Research topics include theoretical and computational seismology, subduction zones, mid-ocean ridges, hotspots, mantle plumes, and continental lithosphere. Research may involve fieldwork in remote areas (e.g., Tibet), high-pressure experiments, wave simulation and visualization on supercomputers, and cruises. Students with strong backgrounds in physics and mathematics are well suited for graduate study in seismology and geophysics. Applications are accepted for admission in both the fall and spring semesters. If you are interested in seismology and the physics of the Earth's interior, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss the graduate program and assistantships.

Admission information is available at the Academic Affairs Office. Prospective students are encouraged to also apply for external fellowships such as,
NSF Graduate Fellowships
National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Ford Foundation Fellowships for Minorities

Ten Reasons to Study Seismology at GSO, URI

10. There is a diverse group of faculty working on a variety of projects in the fields of seismology, geodynamics, plate tectonics, and marine geophysics. Research involves experimental, theoretical, and observational works.
9. A campus on the Narragansett Bay.
8. Play with the "Seawulf" supercomputers.
7. A wide range of research topics from mid-ocean ridges to continental collision, from computational seismology to instrumentation, and from the crust to the earth's deep interior.
6. Opportunities to go on research cruises and do fieldwork on land in remote areas (e.g., Tibet).
5. The Chowder and Marching Society
4. South County and a short drive to Providence, Boston, New York city, and many other fine institutions in New England.
3. Four seasons. Not too cold, not too hot.
2. GSO ranks fifth in world in impact of geosciences research.
1. A congenial working environment, where students are treated as colleagues.