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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, connecting our students with current work done in and outside of academia, and promoting science 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 a member of Texas Geophysical Society, like our Facebook page and email your name, UTEID, and your preferred email address to dtang@utexas.edu. It’s a great way to meet other students and to make connections with professional geophysicists in academia and industry! Hook ’em horns!

2017 SEG Annual Meeting in Houston, TX

The 2017 Annual Meeting will be in Houston, TX this year from October 16th to the 21st. For more information visit SEG 2016 Annual Meeting.


In order to be considered an active member in time to receive funding for SEG Houston, 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

What does it mean to be a geophysicist?

The Texas Geophysical Society (TGS) is hosting geophysical seminars aimed towards undergrads. This will serve as an introduction to what it means to be a geophysicist. Every other week we are inviting either professors or grad students to give a clear and easy to understand presentation of what they do.

Thursday, May 3rd at 5:00 PM in JGB 3.222.
Professor Sergey Fomel will give a talk covering verification and validation of seismic attributes.

Thursday, April 20th at 5:30 PM in JGB 3.222.
Professor Nicola Tisato will be talking and answering questions about his research in viscoelastic properties of Montmorillonite and the monitoring of nuclear waste repositories using geophysical methods.

Thursday, March 23rd at 5:30 PM in JGB 3.222.
Professor Kyle Spikes will be talking about rock physics, rock physics models, and their applications in geophysics.

Wednesday, February 22nd at 5:30 PM in JGB 4.102.
Mason Phillips, a second year graduate student at the Jackson School, will talk about his research experiences as an undergraduate and tips for applying to graduate school.
David Tang, a third year graduate student at the Jackson School, will talk about and answer questions regarding his research and experiences.

Come meet other geophysicists, listen to interesting discussions, and have some pizza and Tiff’s Treats. All disciplines are welcome!

April 13th: TGS Industry Speaker Talk and Lunch


Speaker: Dr. Giuseppe De Prisco (Statoil)
Title: Look ahead Pore Pressure Prediction while drilling
Time: 1:00 P.M.
Location: Jackscon Geosciences Building Dean Suite (JGB 6.218A)

We will also be taking out to lunch at the Carillon Restaurant in the AT&T center at 11:30am. If you are interested please email our speak liaison (plnelson@utexas.edu) immediately.

SEG Abstracts due April 1st!

Call for SEG abstracts is now open SEG’s International Exposition and 87th Annual Meeting, 24-27 September 2017 in Houston, Texas. Submit your abstract by 1 April for the 2017 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.

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 (geology, EVS, engineering, physics, math, etc.). It’s a great chance to meet and network with the industry folks. Lodging, registration, and travel to the conference will be covered. 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 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)

The deadline is April 1st.

TGS Volunteering Opportunity


TGS will have a volunteering opportunity for Explore UT on Saturday March 4th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Explore UT is the main volunteering event for the TGS chapter and we highly encourage you to attend. Also, this is the last opportunity to fulfill volunteering requirement in TGS in order to be considered as an active member and be eligible for SEG funding.

For this event we set up geophones in front of JGB and ask children to jump next to it to “create their own earthquake”. Your responsibility will be to explain how seismic acquisition works and to look after the equipment. There is no need to stay for the whole time period: if you can stay for an hour or two it would be a great help.

Please follow the link to the sign-up sheet. We will need at least two people per one hour slot. Let me know if you have any questions. First and last slots will include installation and deinstallation of the equipment.

Click here to sign up.

TGS Social


TGS will be having a social event at Topgolf, Friday March 3rd starting at 6:30 PM. The cost of the games will be covered by TGS! However, you will need to sign up ($5) for a Topgolf card if you don’t have one already.

Click here to sign up for a TopGolf card.

Click here to RSVP. Please RSVP with your full name so we can confirm your membership with TGS.

January 27th: 2017 Distinguished Lecturer


Speaker: Paul Hatchell (Shell)
Location: Bureau of Economic Geology
10611 Exploration Way, Austin, TX 78758
Main Conference Room

We are very fortunate to have SEG distinguished lecturer Paul Hatchell present two talks about time-lapse seismic data acquisition, processing, and interpretation.

Title: Seismic Amplitude Fidelity and its Impact on 3D and 4D Seismic Interpretation
Time: 2:00 P.M.

Title: Getting more for less: Frequent low-cost seismic monitoring solutions for offshore fields
Time 3:30 P.M.

Click here for more information on Paul Hatchell.

Click here for a brochure.

January 20th: Guest speaker at geophysics research seminar


Speaker: Alexander Goertz (PGS)
Title: Fiber-optic permanent reservoir monitoring at the Jubarte field, Brazil
Time: 3:30 P.M.
Location: UT Institute for Geophysics
10611 Exploration Way, Austin, TX 78758
Alexander Goertz (hosted by Nicola Tisato) will present a guest lecture about fiber-optic ocean bottom cables for permanent reservoir monitoring at the weekly geophysics research seminar. Please try to attend. This should be a very interesting talk.

TGS Volunteering Opportunity


TGS will have an outreach event Saturday, December 3rd for kids interested in STEM. It will be held from 9:30 am – 12 pm at Girlstart (1400 W. Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78757). We’ll have some geophones set up and kids will come by, jump around, and learn how seismic waves are made!
We’ll need at least 2 volunteers per time-slot. Remember, if you were funded by TGS to go to the SEG meeting, you agreed to participate in at least 1 volunteering event.

Contact us if you have any questions!

Click here to sign up.

What does it mean to be a geophysicist?

The Texas Geophysical Society (TGS) is hosting geophysical seminars aimed towards undergrads. This will serve as an introduction to what it means to be a geophysicist. Every other week we are inviting either professors or grad students to give a clear and easy to understand presentation of what they do.


Wednesday, November 9th at 5:00 PM in JGB 3.222.
Professor Stephen Grand will be talking about his experience and research involving insights into mantle dynamics through joint inversions of seismic and geodynamic data.
Ph.D. student Chris Linick will give a talk covering “How Precise Global Positioning is Dramatically Changing Geophysics”.

Wednesday, October 26th at 6:00 PM in JGB 3.222.
Professor Clark Wilson will be talking about Measuring deformation of the Earth’s surface from loading by air and water.
Ph.D. student Xinyue “Dennis” Tong will be talking and answering questions about Unconventional Geophysics – Mineral Physics and Geodynamics.

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! Come meet other geophysicists, listen to interesting talks, and have some pizza.

November 4th: 2016 Distinguished Lecturer


Speaker: Scott Michell (BP)
Title: Subsalt Imaging: Snapshots in Time, Reflections, and next Steps
Time: 3:30 P.M.
Location: Bureau of Economic Geology
10611 Exploration Way, Austin, TX 78758
Main Conference Room
SEG distinguished lecturer Scott Michell will present a talk about subsalt imaging. The lecture will focus on 1) the thought processes, business needs, and technologies that led to BP sponsoring two significant field trials of wide-azimuth acquisition technologies in 2005-2006, 2) how BP and the industry have responded since that time, 3) the application of Wide-azimuth Towed Streamer and OBN acquisitions and 4) their impact, along with 3D VSPs, to fill in imaging gaps, including some recent 4D results.

Click here for more information on Scott Michell.

Click here for a brochure.

November 4th: Guest speaker at geophysics research seminar


Speaker: Yu Zhang (ConocoPhillips)
Time: 2:00 P.M.
Location: Bureau of Economic Geology
10611 Exploration Way, Austin, TX 78758
Main Conference Room
Yu Zhang, manager of geophysical developments at ConocoPhillips, will present a talk at the weekly geophysics research seminar series.

Call for Abstracts: 6th Annual Jackson School Student Research Symposium


The Jackson School Student Research Symposium is a full day Jackson School-only AGU-style poster session with presentations, judging, and cash prize awards! Undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with the Jackson School are eligible to present on their research as first authors. Please feel free to re-submit old abstracts from previous conferences. We encourage late career undergrads and all graduate students to participate (even if you are in your first year). Graduate students can present a project idea if you do not have any data/conclusions. This is a great opportunity to practice talking about your science!

The Symposium will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Texas Union Ballroom on the UT main campus. The abstract submission portal will be open from October 31 through December 15, 2016.

Click here for more information about the event, including detailed abstract submission information.

Questions can be sent to kotowski@utexas.edu.

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