Geothermal Rising is proud to maintain a strong presence in the undergraduate and graduate academic communities. This page contains information for current students on membership, internships, and more.
Geothermal heat pumping systems use 25%-50% less electricity than conventional heating or cooling systems.
Student Membership with Geothermal Rising
Students with current school ID, transcript, course schedule, or letter from the Registrar from an accredited institution pay just $20 for Geothermal Rising Membership! Memberships expire on 12/31 of the given year.

Membership advantage include access to:

  • Discounted rates for Geothermal Rising Conference and other events such as annual workshops and webinars
  • Discounted advertising in Geothermal Rising publications and online assets
  • Unlimited access to the world's largest online geothermal library
  • Access to the Membership Directory and Yellow Pages
  • Access to the Policy Committee Membership (requires an additional fee)
  • Ability to get involved and serve on Geothermal Rising Committees and Task Forces
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Featured Student Publication

Student Committee member Kamran Jahan Baksh of the Colorado School of Mines - Mining Engineering Dept. presented a paper at the Stanford Geothermal Workshop.

Modeling Thermal Breakthrough in Sedimentary Geothermal System, Using COMSOL Multiphysics

It is known that premature thermal breakthrough in the production well and cooling due to injection of cold water into a geothermal reservoir can degrade the quality of the reservoir operation. As the heat and mass transfer in the reservoir depends on the internal features of the reservoir and the interfacial features of surrounding rocks, there has been an increased effort to model geothermal reservoirs with detailed pore structures. In this work, the effect of heat extraction on advancement of cold front in both reservoir and surrounding host rock will be discussed. A segment of the deep sedimentary basin consists of high permeable fracture in a region with high temperature gradient is modeled. The influence of variable permeability on heat transfer within reservoir will be numerically investigated. COMSOL Multiphysics is used to generate models with different permeability
distribution for host rock.


Geothermal Rising Scholarships 2022

Geothermal Rising (GR) is pleased to announce the availability of the 2022 GR Scholarship Awards.

To qualify for any of these awards a student must be a GR member (student memberships are only $20 per year). Selection of recipients will be based upon a variety of factors, including the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals.

The following awards are available:

  • Five (5) Marcelo Lippmann Graduate Scholarship Awards of $2500 – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be enrolled in a graduate-level program at an accredited academic institution at the time of the award (Fall 2022). If selected, each recipient is required to submit a paper on his/her research (or research progress) to be published in the GR Transactions and deliver results at the meeting as either a poster or oral presentation. If the recipient presents in the year of the award then the full $2500 is awarded at that time; if the recipient defers to present/publish the following year then $750 is withheld until the following year when the recipient presents.
  • Three (3) GR Undergraduate Scholarship Awards of $500  – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be a third or fourth year undergraduate at an accredited academic institution at the time of the award (Fall 2022).

Apply by filling out an online form and submitting your supplementary documents here:

Applications must be received no later than Friday, May 6, 2022 to be considered.


Applications must include:

  1. Copies of all relevant college transcripts. Graduate applicants should include undergraduate transcripts as well as graduate transcripts.
  2. List of student activities, including offices held, as well as a list and brief description of all extracurricular and/or community activities.
  3. List of geothermal-related classes and any relevant field or operational experience.
  4. A minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references. No more than three (3) letters will be considered during the review process.

A letter of application discussing the applicant’s background, career goals and objectives, with particular reference to applicant’s relationship to geothermal energy, is required. The letter should state how the applicant intends to use the scholarship money and what results (publications, thesis etc.) will be produced. Applicants must explain the relationship between their studies and geothermal energy research and/or development.  Geothermal projects can be related to all aspects of the geothermal industry. Please state clearly in your application letter the award for which you are applying.


Please direct questions regarding the GR Scholarship Awards to:

Brian Schmidt


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