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Student Membership of the GRC

Individuals with current ID card from accredited institution pay just $5 for a year of GRC Membership!

More information.........                                          Membership Application Form (PDF)...........

Membership advantage include access to:

  • GRC Annual Meeting - the largest geothermal conference in North America, the GRC Annual Meeting is the most important yearly event in the geothermal world.
  • GRC Bulletin - (6 issues) official worldwide industry trade publication of the Geothermal Resources Council, the Bulletin is the definitive voice for geothermal energy development and production.
  • GRC Membership Roster and Registry of Geothermal Services & Equipment - a unique publication that provides business, consulting and research contacts throughout the international geothermal community.
  • Online GRC Library - More than 40,000 catalogued items, free downloads of premium content.
  • Education Program - special meetings, workshops, and conferences on a broad range of topics pertaining to geothermal exploration, development and utilization at a discount to members.
  • International Geothermal Association (IGA) Membership - through the GRC's affiliation with the International Geothermal Association (IGA), all GRC Members are automatically members of the IGA, which offers discount registration to its World Geothermal Congress events (every 5 years), quarterly IGA News and a special discount rate for the international publication, Geothermics.

GRC Member Sarah Pistone, M.S., Stanford class of 2011, discusses her continued work on geothermal energy, a pursuit that began in her time at Stanford in Energy Resources Engineering.

GRC Student Chapters

Portland State University

Imperial Valley College

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Universidad de Medellin Colombia

Longhorn GRC

Longhorn GRC
at  The University of Texas at Austin


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.

More information......

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

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

Clinton Smith

University of Kentucky
Email: casm227@uky.edu


Past - President
Burke Brunson

University of North Dakota
Email: daniel.brunson@und.edu  


Ethan Alban

University of British Columbia
Email: ethan.alban@gmail.com


Kamran Jahan Bakhsh

Colorado School of Mines
Email: kjahanba@mines.edu


Racine Basant

University of West Indies St Augustine Campus
Email: racineboodram@live.com


Kevin Fan

University of British Columbia
Email: kevin.fan@alumni.ubc.ca


Edward Gichuki

Kyushu University
Email: eddiegichuki@gmail.com


Kirstin Hargie

Portland State University
Email: khargie@pdx.edu


Richard Mutule Kilonzo

North Carolina State University
Email: mutule_kilonzo@yahoo.com


Garen Thomas

Tarleton State University
Email: gthomas2490@gmail.com


Kai Wang

University of Oklahoma
Email: kai.wang@ou.edu


GRC Board of Director Members:

Committee Chair
Louis Capuano, III

Capuano Engineering Company
Email: leciii@capuanoengineering.com


Karl F. Urbank

Calpine Corp.
Email: karl@calpine.com


Kevin Kitz

U.S. Geothermal, Inc.
Email: kkitz@usgeothermal.com




GRC Office Contacts


Anh Lay
Email:  alay@geothermal.org


Ian Crawford
Email:  icrawford@geothermal.org



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:

  1. Copies of all relevant college 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. Two (2) letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references.
  5. 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.
  6. (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