The Feb. 27-28 Conference on Earth & Energy Research gave graduate students the opportunity to practice presenting their research in a professional environment, while judges provided feedback. Last year, two undergraduates showcased their work, but this year, that number rose to nine.
“I’m very happy about the turnout,” Graduate Student Government Academic Chair John Bristow said. “In the past, they’ve been very grad-centered.”
Two speakers presented keynote speeches between students’ poster and oral sessions.
Ken Salazar, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Senator from Colorado, delivered the opening keynote address on North American energy independence. Salazar told stories of the BP oil spill in 2010 and shared conversations with President Barack Obama two years after the disaster.
Dr. Pieter Tans, Senior Scientist and Earth System Research Laboratory at NOAA, closed the conference with “Climate Change: Man Made Climate Change and Energy Policy.” Tans shared his research on measuring carbon dioxide and other gases in the atmosphere, detailing some of the causes of these increases and what this means for our future.
2014 research competition winners:
- Overall 1st: Tara Pandey
- Overall 2nd: Susana Guzman
- Overall Poster: Tara Yoder
- Overal Oral: Pascale Meysing
- Overall Off-campus: Vishal Nangla (U Wyo)
- Undergraduate: Sarah Rommelfanger
- Chemical and Biological Engineering: Nicholas Rorrer
- Chemical and GeoChemistry: Jacqueline Cloud
- Economics and Business: Ben Johnson
- Geological Engineering: Joshua Day
- Geophysics: Joyce Hoopes
- Hydrology: Rachel Feist
- Liberal Arts and International Studies: Nathaniel Mauger
- Materials Science: Alyaa Elramady
- Mechanical Engineering: Brandon Blakeley
- Metallurgical and Materials Engineering: Stephanie Miller
- Petroleum Engineering: Taylor Patterson
- Physics: Lauryn Baranowski
- Applied Mathematics and Statistics: Brian Zaharatos
- Mining Engineering: Yu Koizumi
- Nuclear Engineering: Michael Servis
- Civil and Environmental Engineering: Kerri Hickenbottom
- Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: Craig Champlin
More information can be found at ceerconference.org.