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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!

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.

We hope to see you there!

November 4th: 2016 Distinguished Lecturer


Speaker: Scott Michell
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
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.

More information about the event, including detailed abstract submission information, can be found here .

Questions can be sent to kotowski@utexas.edu.

Hope to see you all there!

2016 SEG Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX

The 2016 Annual Meeting will be in Dallas, 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 Dallas, 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

First Meeting of the Year

The Texas Geophysical Society is having our first meeting of the year on Tuesday September 27th, in JGB 3.120 at 5 pm.

Come meet other geophysicists, pick up t-shirts, and grab a bite to eat. We’ll also go over some of our activities for the year, and how you can get funding to go to the SEG annual meeting!

Hope to see you there!

17IWSA in Horseshoe Bay, TX

The 17th International Workshop on Seismic Anisotropy (17IWSA) will be held in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, September 18-23, 2016. The IWSA returns to the USA for the first time in the eight years. The workshop is organized by the Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin. For more information visit 17IWSA.

2016 Geosciences Career Fair

Registered employers who are interested in students of the Jackson School of Geosciences exclusively are welcome to come to campus, meet our students, and encourage application for jobs. Our fair is open to undergraduate and graduate students of the Jackson School of Geosciences. For more information visit Career 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.

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