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Graduate Student Resources

This page is regularly maintained by the Graduate Program Committee (GPC) and provides essential information for current Department of Geosciences graduate students.  Prospective students for the Department of Geosciences should visit the resource page for prospective students.

Summary pages of scheduling milestones and hyperlinks to forms are given in the timelines:

M.S. Timeline

Ph.D. Timeline

Other important pages to reference include:

Graduate College resource for all BSU graduate students

Geosciences Graduate Organization (GGO) (student-maintained)

Graduate Student Catalogs (university)


Links below are important department-specific resources

  • Graduate Student Geoscience Handbook Revised 2020 – thorough document outlining expectations and timelines for graduate students in Department of Geosciences.  (this document is in revision for 2021)
  • Geosciences Calendar – schedule of events for current semester including dates of thesis and dissertation defenses and thesis proposals.  Fill in the online form to schedule a date.
  • Progress Assurance Form – donwloadable pdf that must be submitted during the last month of the semester by enrolled graduate students
  • Graduate Student Profiles – link to graduate student profiles.  New students can upload their profiles here.
  • Awards Page – listing of awards and funding opportunities available to current graduate students in the Department of Geosciences.
  • Department of Geosciences computational resources page


Links below are important university-wide resources


Graduate Degree Programs and Contacts

Contact the GPC faculty listed below for questions related to specific graduate degree programs and for information not found on this page and links.
programcontactcontact email
Masters of Science (M.S.) in GeosciencesJen Piercejenpierce at
Doctorate (Ph.D.) in GeophysicsEllyn Enderlinellynenderlin at
Doctorate (Ph.D.) in GeophysicsEllyn Enderlinellynenderlin at
Doctorate (Ph.D.) in GeosciencesJen Piercejenpierce at
Master of Earth Science (M.E.Sci.)Jen Piercejenpierce at
Master of Science (M.S.) in Hydrologic SciencesJen Piercejenpierce at
  • general admininstrator  (geoadmin-group at
  • webpage administrator – Jeffrey Johnson (jeffreybjohnson at

Department administrative staff can also answer specific questions.


FAQ Page (under construction)

Go to the graduate student resource Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to all sorts of questions.  If you don’t see your question listed submit your own FAQ at this page.