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About the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering
To learn more about the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering, including additional information about its staff, facilities, programs, and course offerings, visit its website.
To learn more about the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering, including additional information about its staff, facilities, programs, and course offerings, visit its Web site at www.geology.und.edu.
The Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering is housed in spacious Leonard Hall. Special facilities include the Water Quality Laboratory, Microcomputer Laboratory, F.D. Holland, Jr., Geology Library, and Leonard Hall Museum.
The F.D. Holland, Jr., Geology Library is a branch of the UND main campus (Chester Fritz) library. It contains over 35,000 bound volumes and maintains subscriptions to more than 500 periodicals in geology and related subjects. It is also a repository for all U.S. Geological Survey publications and maps.
The Leonard Hall Museum contains a wide range of displays of regional interest, including displays of North Dakota fossils, rocks and minerals, and faculty research. Leonard Hall maintains the largest collection of fossil specimens in North Dakota, including all previous thesis collections. Invertebrates and microfossils dominate the UND holdings in numbers, but the collection also includes many important plant and vertebrate specimens.
Across from Leonard Hall, the North Dakota Geological Survey maintains the Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library. This large facility serves as the repository and research facility for all North Dakota oil well, water well, and drilling samples.
In addition to the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering, the EERC represents a primary research facility on campus, with state-of-the-art equipment in many Earth science disciplines. The EERC is also a frequent employer of geology students and geology graduates.
The Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering has two rooms devoted to paleontology: the Paleontology Laboratory and a Paleontology Collections Annex. Besides these facilities, sedimentology, rock cutting, and other laboratories are available for student research.
The Paleontology Laboratory is undergoing renovation, including new cabinets, computerization, student work space, and improved specimen curation and preparation. Additional space has been allocated for collections, which are undergoing reorganization for better access and study. A new work and collection space has been set up to increase the ease of access to vertebrate and plant holdings. Over 8000 localities have been assigned to North Dakota and other fossil collections and some 40,000 specimens have been individually numbered. Currently, a half-time research assistantship is given by the school to help curate collections and improve facilities.
Student study space is available in various rooms in Leonard Hall including lounges under the care of AUG (Association of Undergraduate Geologists), INGEOS (Indians in the Geological Sciences), and SGE (Sigma Gamma Epsilon). Undergraduate student space is also available in some research and collection space. Graduate students are assigned office space. One to two students have offices opposite a number of the research laboratories.
Departmental Student Research Support
The Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering provides support for graduate research through teaching assistantships and research assistantships are available through various faculty. Additional stipend and logistical research support has been available through various agencies listed below (and others) depending on research objectives:
- Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC)
- North Dakota Geological Survey
- National Science Foundation
- North Dakota EPSCoR
- UND Graduate School
- U.S. Department of Energy
- U.S. Geological Survey
Collaborative Research Faculty
UND paleo-relevant geology faculty available for internal thesis and dissertation committees include (faculty from other departments, such as Biology, are also available):
- William D. Gosnold, Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, 1991; geophysics, geothermics, tectonics, GPS applications
- Richard D. LeFever, Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, 1979; computer and statistical applications, sedimentology, stratigraphy
- Ronald K. Matheney, Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1989; isotope geochemistry, aqueous geochemistry
- Richard L. Josephs, Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2000; geomorphology, geoarchaeology, taphonomy