GRC Student Chapters
The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Student Committee is formally asking companies for any information on open or upcoming internships or entry level jobs appropriate for students who are active in geothermal research.
Featured Student Publication
Student Committee member Kamran Jahan Baksh of the Colorado School of Mines - Mining Engineering Dept. presentied a paper at the Stanford Geothermal Workshop.
Modeling Thermal Breakthrough in Sedimentary Geothermal System, Using COMSOL Multiphysics
Kamran JAHAN BAKHSH, Masami NAKAGAWA, Mahmood ARSHAD, Lucila DUNNINGTON
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.
Meet Your Student Committee - 2017
Student Committee Representative to the Board of Directors: Clinton Smith
Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2018
To qualify for one of these awards a student must be a GRC member (student memberships are only $5 per year) as well as be a student in an accredited academic institution. 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:
- Two (2) GRC Undergraduate Scholarship Awards of $1,500 – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be a third or fourth year undergraduate at an accredited institution at the time the award is given (Fall 2018). For applicants in fields other than engineering or the geosciences, a clear connection to geothermal production must be demonstrated by the applicant.
- Three (3) GRC Graduate Scholarship Awards of $2,500 – to be eligible for one of these awards, the candidate must be enrolled in a graduate-level program at an accredited institution at the time the award is given (Fall 2018). For applicants in fields other than engineering or the geosciences, a clear connection to geothermal production must be demonstrated by the applicant.
- One (1) Student Geothermal Project Award of $4,500 – selection of recipient will be based primarily upon the creation and description of a geothermal-focused project, though other factors such as the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals will factor into the determination as well. The project can represent a variety of academic subjects, including, but not limited to, geosciences, engineering, and economics. The primary requirement is that the project be focused on some aspect of geothermal power production, geothermal direct use applications or geothermal heat pumps.
Applications must be received by May 25, 2018 to be considered.
Applications must include:
- Copies of all relevant college transcripts.
- List of student activities, including offices held, as well as a list and brief description of all extracurricular and/or community activities.
- List of geothermal-related classes and any relevant field or operational experience.
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references.
- A letter of application discussing the applicant’s background, career goals and objectives, with particular reference to applicant’s relationship to geothermal energy and the geo-sciences. The letter should also state how the applicant intends to use the scholarship money and what results (publications, thesis etc.) will be produced.
- (Student Geothermal Project Award only): A short project description (5 or fewer pages) describing the purpose and methodology, as well as any anticipated results. A budget should be included with the project description and effort should be made to describe the benefits that the project offers to the geothermal community. The award recipient is encouraged to present the results of their project at the 2019 GRC Annual Meeting held in Palm Springs, California.
Please state clearly in your application letter the award for which you are applying.
Applications should be addressed and mailed to:
Geothermal Resources Council
GRC Scholarship Award Committee
P.O. Box 1350
Davis, CA 95617
Or emailed to:
Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2017
Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarship Winners (PDF) (August 21, 2017)
- GRC Undergraduate awards ($1500): Travis Broadhurst (University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill) and John Grill (Montana Tech of the University of Montana)
- GRC Graduate awards ($2500):Jon Golla (University of New Mexico), Steven Sewell (Victoria University) and Daniel “Burke” Brunson (University of North Dakota)
- GRC Project award ($4500): Emma McConnville (University of Nevada – Reno)
The scholarships will be presented at the GRC Annual Meeting, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, October 1-4, 2017.
Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2016
Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarship Winners (PDF) (August 1, 2016)
- GRC Undergraduate awards ($1500): Chantel Jensen (University of California, Davis); Jon Golla (University of Puget Sound)
- GRC Graduate awards ($2500): Erin Camp (Cornell University); Jeff Cullen (University of Texas at Austin); Gudni Rosenkjaer (University of British Columbia)
- GRC Project award ($4500): Joshua Blackstock (University of Arkansas)
The scholarships were presented at the GRC Awards Luncheon at the GRC Annual Meeting, in Sacramento, California, USA, on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2015
Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarship Winners (PDF) (August 10, 2015)
- GRC Student Project Award ($4,500): Marisa Earll – Master’s student in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona.
- GRC Graduate Scholarship Awards ($2,500 each): Owen Callahan - PhD candidate at University of Texas at Austin, Cari Covell - Master’s student at the Iceland School of Energy of Reykjavik University, and Cary Lindsey - PhD student at University of Idaho.
- GRC Undergraduate Scholarship Awards ($1,500 each): Thomas Lund - Mechanical Engineering student at University of Colorado, Boulder and Jeffrey Olson - Petroleum Engineering student at Colorado School of Mines.
The scholarships, totaling $15,000, were presented at the Annual GRC Membership & Awards Luncheon at the GRC Annual Meeting, held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA, from September 20 – 23, 2015.
Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2014
Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarship Winners (PDF) (June 23, 2014)
GRC Undergraduate scholarships ($1,500): Megan Dewit of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, and Paige Granneman of the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.
GRC Graduate scholarships ($2,500): Nastaran Arianpoo of the University of British Columbia, Canada; Joseph Batir of Southern Methodist University, Texas, USA, and Maciej Lukawski of Cornell Energy Institute in New York, USA.
GRC Geothermal Project award ($4,500): Holly McLachlan of the University of Nevada, Reno, USA.
The recipients were presented with their awards at the 2014 GRC Annual Meeting, held at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA, September 28 – October 1, 2014.
Geothermal Programs at Universities
Universities offering education and training in geothermal energy in Europe