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Fort Lewis College’s first century concludes with Fall Commencement

The graduating class of Fall 2010 enjoyed a few snowflakes on their way to the ceremony. For around 180 seniors at Fort Lewis College, Fall Commencement will mark a triumphant end to their undergraduate academic careers. Every graduating class ...

Geosciences professor Gary Gianniny chosen as the 2011-12 Featured Scholar

“Research builds,” says Fort Lewis College Geosciences Professor Gary Gianniny. It’s an axiom that is illustrated by his research portfolio, which is as deep as it is impressive. His pursuit of knowledge has taken him around the world studying topics from evolution and sedimentary records found in limestone to the energy potential of microbial deposits and the effects of coal extraction on groundwater.

Higher admission standards and academic investment help drive retention increases at Fort Lewis College

DURANGO (19 October 2011) - Increased admission standards, along with efforts to secure funding and increase investment in academic programs, seem to be making a difference in helping Fort Lewis College’s students succeed in school. The retention rate among every ethnic group represented on campus either increased or remained steady from 2006 (beginning of tougher admission standards) to 2009 (latest published data).

How to prepare for grad school: Do a research internship

This summer, Cody Mason will be exploring his options while sharpening his professional skills by doing geologic mapping for the United States Geologic Survey in the geologic region known as the northern Rio Grande Rift. "It essentially consists of the area from Taos, New Mexico, all the way north to around Leadville, Colorado," Mason explains. "It is some of the most beautiful country around."

That's a valuable opportunity for someone who just earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology in April. Mason, from Durango, Colorado, is getting this chance to work alongside professional geologists in the USGS thanks to an internship award from the federal agency.

Undergraduate research makes a big contribution to understanding the origins of the Navajo Volcanic field

What if you wanted to figure out how an ancient volcano formed? Since there is no active eruption, you can't just go watch, and since there's human-record of the event you can't find the answer in a book.

Where you have to look is inside the rocks themselves that were born from the volcano, with the help of highly sophisticated and specialized instruments.

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