Lectures & Seminars

Bureau Seminar Series

The Bureau Seminar Series is held during the Fall and Spring on Fridays, typically at 9:00 a.m. This year, the Bureau Seminar Series is hosted by Sahar Bakhshian and Lucy Ko and coordinated by Jennifer Galaviz.

DeFord Lecture Series

The DeFord (Technical Sessions) lecture series has been a requirement and a tradition for all graduate students since the late 1940s. Once the official venue for disseminating DGS graduate student research, the DeFord Lecture series is now the forum for lectures by distinguished visitors and members of our community. Faculty and researchers from the Jackson School have invited prestigious researchers from around the world to present a lecture in this series. This is made possible only through a series of endowments.

Distinguished Lectures

The Jackson School’s distinguished lectureships are made possible by support from our friends and alumni. Read more about the lectureships and their benefactors. All lectures are part of the DeFord seminar series.

Geophysics Seminar Series

All are welcome to attend the Subsurface, Surface & Life research program’s weekly seminars on Geophysics. These talks are on Fridays at 3pm CST. While normally held on campus, please acquire and use  a Zoom account during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Habitability Seminar Series

The mission of the Center for Planetary Systems Habitability is to collaborate across departmental and school/college boundaries to understand where and how habitable zones develop and evolve within planetary systems. This research will integrate planetary dynamics with habitability studies and astrobiology, including the development and persistence of life on Earth and how we would find and recognize life on other worlds. Seminars are typically hosted bi-weekly on Mondays from 1 to 2 pm CST.

LDE Seminar Series

All are welcome to attend the Lithosphere & Deep Earth program’s weekly seminars. These talks are on Wednesdays at 12pm CST. While normally held on campus, please acquire and use a Zoom account during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Master’s Saturday

The Master of Science (MS) degree at the Jackson School of Geosciences is considered to be the professional degree for a career in the Geosciences. This degree is the foundation for students pursuing employment in the petroleum industry, environmental and hydrogeological fields, state and federal government agencies, and other related geoscience fields. Some students also use the MS degree as preparation for pursuing a Ph.D. The Energy & Earth Resources Interdisciplinary program provides the opportunity for students to prepare themselves in management, finance, economics, law and policy leading to analytical and leadership positions in resource-related fields. The private sector and government organizations face a growing need for professionals that can plan, evaluate, and manage complex resource projects, commonly international in scope, which often include partners with a variety of professional backgrounds. As requirements for these degrees, students must present a professional talk on Master’s Saturday.

Soft Rock Seminar Series

All are welcome to attend the Subsurface, Surface & Life program’s weekly seminars, Soft Rocks. These talks are on Mondays at 12pm CST. While normally held on campus, please acquire and use  a Zoom account during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UT Paleontology Seminar Series

All are welcome to attend the Subsurface, Surface & Life program’s weekly seminars on Paleontology. These talks are on Thursdays at 11am CST. While normally held on campus, please acquire and use  a Zoom account during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UTIG Discussion Hour

The UTIG Discussion Hour hosts weekly talks Tuesday afternoons at 2 pm CST. The Discussion Hour is a flexible format seminar hosted by the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics and open to all members of our community. Presentations range from spotlighting new geoscience research to less technical talks sharing fieldwork excursions. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Discussion Hour will be held online. Contact the Discussion Hour organizer for instructions on how to join.

UTIG Seminar Series

The UTIG Seminar Series is a forum of cutting-edge earth and planetary sciences attended by UTIG scientists, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students. We invite leading scientists around the U.S. and beyond to present results from their recent research projects every semester. We also occasionally enjoy presentations on geoscience education and workplace diversity and inclusion.

WCE Seminar Series

All are welcome to attend the Water, Climate & Environment research program’s informal weekly seminars. These talks are on Fridays at 12pm CDT. While normally held on campus, please acquire and use  a Zoom account during the COVID-19 pandemic.