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Texas Geophysical Society

Texas Geophysical Society is a student run organization for geophysics graduate and undergraduates at the University of Texas at Austin. We also serve as the UT Society of Exploration Geophysicists student chapter.

Welcome to the Texas Geophysical Society home page! We’re a student run organization for geophysics students at the University of Texas at Austin. We also serve as the UT Society of Exploration Geophysicists student chapter. We are an organization dedicated to fostering communication and collaboration among geophysicists at UT, to connecting our students with current work done in and outside of academia, and to promoting sciences in the community. We organize technical seminars, social events for students, and volunteer events around Austin. We also support student attendance at the SEG conference each year. If you are interested in becoming an member of Texas Geophysical Society, like our Facebook page and email your name, uteid, and your preferred email address to It’s a great way to meet other students and to make connections with professional geophysicists in academia and in industry! Hook ’em horns!

April 1st: 2016 Distinguished Lecturer

Speaker: Joe Dellinger
Title: Forensic data processing – Revealing your data’s hidden stories
Time: 3:30 P.M.
Location: The Bureau of Economic Geology: BEG Main Seminar Room
10100 Burnett Road
Austin, TX 78758
SEG distinguished lecturer Joe Dellinger will present a talk about forensic data processing, which will have three parts: 1) What is the source really doing? 2) What does the background noise in the data look like? and 3) Can we do anything useful with that background noise? This is a great opportunity to help students learn techniques to analyze data. Click here for more information on Joe Dellinger.

Undergraduate Geophysics Seminars

We the Texas Geophysical Society (TGS) are hosting different geophysical seminars aimed towards undergraduates. This will serve as an introduction to what it means to be a geophysicist. Every other week we are inviting either professors or graduate students to give a clear and easy to understand presentation of what they do. Meetings will be held every other Wednesday at 6:00 PM in JGB 3.222 starting February 3rd. In our first meeting, David Tang and Jing “Jill” Yang (PhD students at JGB) gave presentations regarding their research and experiences. This is a great opportunity for students to learn and explore all the different realms of geophysics in a relaxed setting. We will also be providing food!

IAGC Annual Conference: February 17th

IAGC will have their 45th Annual Conference in Houston on February 17th. This is a great opportunity to not only learn more about how it is to work in the Geophysical industry but also to network. You will have a chance to talk to companies such as Polarcus, CGG, PGS, TGS and FairfieldNodal to mention a few. The annual meeting is attended by more then 100 companies, so don’t miss out! Click here for more information.

Volunteer Events

Explore UT: March 5th
Student volunteers are needed for Explore UT on March 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.! Explore UT, an annual event on the Main Campus of UT Austin, aims to inform students, parents, teachers and community members from across the state about the importance of the public research institution and higher education in Texas. The day-long event invites Texans of all ages to experience robust research experiences, hands-on demonstrations and experiments, and participate in the richness of the university’s scholarship and knowledge. Explore UT seeks to broaden the horizons of students in Texas and motivate them toward achieving higher education after high school. It seeks to help parents and teachers encourage the excitement of learning and discovery, and welcomes alumni to reconnect with the institution that prepared them for their careers. Click here for more information.

Austin Regional Science Fair: February 18th
Sign up to judge at the Austin Regional Science Fair on Thursday, February 18, 2016. Information and registration for the Regional Science Fair can be found at Austin Science Fair.

SEG Student Programs

SEG Scholarships:
SEG offers a range of scholarship opportunities for graduate or undergraduate students pursuing a degree in geophysics or a closely related field, such as geosciences, physics, geology, or earth and environmental sciences. More information about applying for SEG scholarships can be found here:
SEG Scholarships

Student Leadership Symposium (SLS):
The SEG/Chevron Student Leadership Symposium (SLS) is focused on developing leadership skills amongst students. It will include an address by the SEG President, best practice presentations from selected Student Chapters, professional leadership coaching, an organized team building activity, and a Strategic Problem Solving Session with the SEG Executive Committee. Only fifty student leaders, representative of SEG’s worldwide network of Student Chapters, will be selected to attend. Sign up today:
Student Leadership Symposium (SLS)

Student Education Program (SEP):
The SEG/ExxonMobil Student Education Program (SEP) is a 2 – 2½ day program that focuses on preparing college students for the breadth and challenges of an oil industry career. More information can be found here: Student Education Program (SEP)

SEG Abstracts due April 1st!

Call for SEG abstracts is now open SEG’s International Exposition and 86th Annual Meeting, 16-21 October 2016 in Dallas, Texas. Submit your abstract by 1 April for the 2016 Technical Program and benefit from sharing your knowledge, research and ideas with colleagues, thought leaders and technical experts. This also provides great opportunities to collaborate and network with other presenters and conference attendees. Click here to find more information about submission requirements.

December 2nd: RokDoc Lecture by Dr. Michel Kemper of Ikon Science

On Wednesday, December 2nd, Dr. Michel Kemper of Ikon Science will be giving a lecture on the most recent version of the Pore Pressure while Drilling software: RokDoc RT. More details can be found at December 2nd . This lecture will be followed by a happy hour at Posse East (2900 Duval Street, Austin, TX).

November 19th: Happy Hour Social!

Come join the TGS and other organizations at the Jackson School of Geosciences for a joint happy hour at the Crown & Anchor Pub on November 19th at 6:00 PM. Snacks will be provided.

November 12th: Guest Speaker

On November 12th, Michael Pyrcz from Chevron will present about “Process-mimicking modeling to improve geologic integration.” Visit November 12th for details of this event.

Undergraduate Presentation Day

Join us November 5th to hear presentations by Austin Zhang, Casey Kuo, and Mike Sanders. Visit Undergraduate Presentation Day for more information.

September 30th: SEG Honorary Lecturer

Speaker: Dan Whitmore
Location: SAC 3.116 Balcony Room C
Time: 11:50 AM – 12:50 PM
SEG Honorary Lecturer Dan Whitmore presented the concepts and applications of imaging with multiples and primaries on Wednesday, September 30th. For more information, visit the Honorary Lecture Event Page.

2015 SEG Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA

The 2015 Annual Meeting will be in New Orleans, LA this year from October 18th to the 23rd. For more information visit  SEG 2015 Annual Meeting.

In order to be considered an active member in time to receive funding for SEG New Orleans, you must :

  1. Attend at least half the Fall Exploration Seminars*
  2. Register with SEG for a member number (Free for students)
  3. Participate in at least one volunteer event*

*Can substitute a volunteer event for a seminar event if course schedule conflicts exist, please contact Elliot Dahl for permission.


News & Events

SEG Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA
Join us September 30th for SEG Honorary Lecturer Dan Whitmore's Talk
2015-2016 Requirements for Active Membership
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