Regional Conference Tests Students During Finals Week

OGDEN, Utah – Five Weber State University geoscience students had to get creative with their final exams in order to make presentations at a regional conference in Boise, Idaho, this week.

The students were selected to present their undergraduate research at the joint Rocky Mountain Section and Cordilleran Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America held May 2-5. The problem was the event coincided with finals week at WSU.

"Unfortunately, when they plan these meetings they don't consult with our final exam schedule," joked Adolph Yonkee, chair of the Geosciences department at WSU.

Yonkee said he and the faculty knew of the conflict well in advance and made arrangements so the students could take their finals before or after the trip. Everyone involved viewed it as a unique learning experience.

"While final exams are very important, this is a great opportunity for our students to share their work at a major scientific meeting, learn what other geoscientists are doing, and build contacts," Yonkee said.

The students submitted presentation proposals about their various research projects in January. Yonkee said the conference selected several of them to present at a session highlighting undergraduate research, giving WSU one of the largest contingencies from any university in the western United States.
Three WSU geoscience professors also attended the meeting.

 Adding to an already hectic week, three of the five students are graduating this semester. All are expected back in time for commencement ceremonies
on May 6 & 7.

List of Abstracts being presented:

1. "The Ogden Canyon Conglomerate"
 Bill Treasure-presenter (Josh Jones-additional researcher) /
Jeff Eaton-faculty advisor

2. "Preliminary study of parasequences in the Lower Cretaceous Aspen Shale, Wanship area, Utah"
Rusty Goodin-presenter/
Jeff Eaton-faculty advisor

3. "A preliminary report on biostratigraphy of Cretaceous freshwater rays, Wahweap Formation and John Henry Member of the Straight Cliffs Formation, southern Utah"
Cameron Thompson-presenter/
Jeff Eaton-faculty advisor

4. "Digital elevation models in geomorphic reconnaissance  mapping the extent of proglacial Lake Swan, north central Montana"
Cameron Lindsley-presenter
Richard Ford-faculty advisor

5. "Artificial recharge of the Delta Aquifer, Weber County, Utah"
Randy Tarantino-presenter (Tyler Cluff, Josh Jones, Cameron Lindsley, and Ben Pope-additional researchers) /
Marek Matyjasik and Mike Hernandez-faculty advisors

Adolph Yonkee, professor and chair, Department of Geosciences
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