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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!

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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.

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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 - 2018

Student Committee Representative to the Board of Directors: Garen Thomas

Garen Thomas

Tarleton State University, United States
Email: gthomas2490@gmail.com


Past - President
Clinton Smith

University of Kentucky, United States
Email: casm227@uky.edu


Sharon Best

College of the Desert, United States
Email: bestsm24@gmail.com


Chagaka Kalimbia

Iceland School of Energy
Reykjavik University, Iceland
Email: chagaka17@ru.is


Travis Broadhurst

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, United States
Email: broadhurst.unc@gmail.com


Michael Mathioudakis

University of Hawaii, United States
Email: mmathiou@hawaii.edu


Jon K. Golla

University of New Mexico, United States
Email: jkgolla@unm.edu


Theo Renaud

Cranfield University, United Kingdom
Email: Theo.Renaud@cranfield.ac.uk


Katie Huang

University of Iceland, Canada
Email: katieyhuang@gmail.com


Darby Scanlon

Portland State University, United States
Email: scanlon.darby3@gmail.com


Molly Johnson

Western Washington University, United States
Email: johns877@wwu.edu


Matt Thompson

University of Regina, Canada
Email: thompsma@uregina.ca


GRC Board of Director Members:

Committee Chair
Joe Moore

Energy and Geoscience Institute, University of Utah, United States
Email: jmoore@egi.utah.edu


Karl F. Urbank

Calpine Corp., United States
Email: karl@calpine.com


Louis Capuano, III

Capuano Engineering Company, United States
Email: leciii@capuanoengineering.com




GRC Office Contacts


Anh Lay
Email:  alay@geothermal.org


Ian Crawford
Email:  icrawford@geothermal.org



Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2019

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), a non-profit educational association dedicated to the promotion of geothermal energy and associated technologies around the world, is pleased to announce the recipients of seven GRC Scholarship Awards.
The selection was based upon a variety of factors, including the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals.

Undergraduate Awards

  • Sharon Best (University of California, Riverside, USA) and
  • Maria Alejandra Taborda (University of Medellín, Colombia).

The winners of the Marcelo Lippmann Graduate Scholarship Awards are

  • José Eduardo Granados Pastrana (National Autonomous University of Mexico);
  • Kurt Kraal (University of Nevada, Reno, USA);
  • Catherine Lambert (Cornell University, USA);
  • Kevin Mendoza (University of Utah, USA) and
  • Omar Rodríguez Villarreal (Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico & Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France).

The scholarship winners will be acknowledged at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, to be held in Palm Springs, California, USA, from September 15-18.

Please direct questions regarding the GRC Scholarship Awards to:

Brian Schmidt
(530) 758-2360, ext 104

Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2018

Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarship Winners (PDF) (September 6, 2018)

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) acknowledged the 2018 GRC Scholarship Award winners at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Reno, Nevada, USA.

Undergraduate Awards

  • John Grill (Montana Tech University)
  • Christ Quinicot (Negros Oriental State University)
  • Estefanía Ramírez Restrepo (University of Medellin)

Graduate Awards

  • Estefanny Dávalos-Elizondo (Oklahoma State University)
  • Jonathan Ogland-Hand (The Ohio State University)
  • Arna Palsdottir (Cornell University)
  • Jared Smith (Cornell University)
  • Yuran Zhang (Stanford University)

Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2017

Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarship Winners (PDF) (August 21, 2017)

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) acknowledged the 2017 GRC Scholarship Award winners at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Undergraduate awards:

  • Travis Broadhurst (University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill)
  • John Grill (Montana Tech of the University of Montana)

Graduate awards:

  • Jon Golla (University of New Mexico),
  • Steven Sewell (Victoria University) and
  • Daniel “Burke” Brunson (University of North Dakota)

GRC Project award:

  • Emma McConnville (University of Nevada – Reno)

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