Research Opportunities

As an earth and environmental sciences student at Murray State, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art research facilities like theWatershed Studies Institute, Mapping Applications and Resource Center (MARC), SedSoil Human Lab and Archaeology Lab.

You’ll also have opportunities to gain hands-on experience by working with faculty mentors to pursue research about topics you’re interested in learning more about. Break ground. Find solutions. It’s all there for you to discover.  

Recent Student Awards

    • Kevin Wann
      Received an ORCA research grant for research in Jamaica and an ORCA travel grant to present at the 2019 Annual meeting of the Sociey for American Archaeology in Albuquerque
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marcie Venter
    • Lacy Risner
      Received an ORCA research grant and a Gilman scholarship for research in Jamaica, and an ORCA travel grant to present at the 2019 Annual meeting of the Sociey for American Archaeology in Albuquerque
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marcie Venter
    • Matt Meyer
      Received an ORCA travel grant to present at the 2019 Midwest Conference on Mesoamerican Archaeology and Ethnohistory in Lexington
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marcie Venter
    • Nolan Whitt
      Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Award, 2019 Sigma Xi Poster Competition
      Faculty Advisor: Haluk Cetin
    • Javus Yandal
      Outstanding Graduate Poster Award, 2019 Sigma Xi Poster Competition
      Faculty Advisor: Haluk Cetin
    • Kevin Takashita-Bynum
      Received a $10,000 Early Career Grant from National Geographic for research in East Africa
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Stinchcomb
    • Marie White
      Second place undergraduate poster presentation - geology, 2018 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle Casey
    • Molly Karnes
      First place poster presentation in the geology category at the 2017 annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle Casey
    • Mallory Gerzan
      Second place poster presentation in the geology category at the 2017 annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Stinchcomb
    • Garner Hancock
      First place poster presentation in the geography category at the 2017 annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robin Zhang
    • Phil Roberson
      First place graduate oral presentation in the geology category at the 2017 annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle Casey
    • Steven Collett
      Recipient of a fellowship from the Office of Research and Creative Activity for research on water quality
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Haluk Cetin
    • Travis West
      Second place poster presentation at the 2017 Memphis Area Geographic Information Council (MAGIC) & American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Mid-South Conference
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Haluk Cetin and Dr. Kate He
    • Jacob Pease
      Second place poster presentation in the ecology and environmental science category at the 103rd meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Haluk Cetin
    • Travis West
      Recipient of the NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium Fellowship
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Haluk Cetin
    • Ashley Casselberry
      First place undergraduate poster presentation in the geology category at the 2016 annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Haluk Cetin
    • Abby Glass
      Recipient of a fellowship from the Office of Research and Creative Activity for research on the inner-ear structure of whales
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michelle Casey
    • Rachel Hendricks
      Received funding from the Office of Research and Creative Activity for her research and forensic analysis of human remains
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Anthony Ortmann
    • Caitlyn Housley
      Recipient of a grant from the Office of Research and Creative Activity
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marcie Venter
    • Hongli Yang
      Third place graduate oral presentation in the geography category at the 2016 annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science
      Faculty Advisor: Dr. Robin Zhang

Recent Faculty Awards

    • Dr. Bassil El Masri
      2019 JCSET Outstanding Researcher Award
    • Dr. Michelle Casey
      2019 Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award
    • Dr. Gary Stinchcomb
      Named the 2018 Geologist of the Year by the Kentucky section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists
    • Dr. Haluk Cetin
      Received the 2017 USGS-NASA William T. Pecora Team Award for his work as project manager on the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters Team
    • Dr. Gary Stinchcomb
      Named the 2017 chair-elect of the Soils and Soil Processes Interdisciplinary Interest Group of the Geological Society of America
    • Dr. Marcie Venter
      Named the program editor for the archaeology division of the American Anthropological Association
    • Dr. Haluk Cetin
      Awarded the NASA Kentucky Space Undergraduate Fellowship Grant
    • Dr. Bassil El Masri
      Awarded the NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Program Research Infrastructure Development Grant
    • Dr. Gary Stinchcomb
      Awarded the Electric Power Research Institute Grant
    • Dr. Gary Stinchcomb
      Named the Outstanding Researcher of the Year for the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Murray State
    • Dr. Haluk Cetin
      Awarded the Bring Learning to Life Grant
    • Dr. Bassil El Masri
      Awarded the Bring Learning to Life Grant
    • Dr. Gary Stinchcomb
      Awarded the GSIS Mary B. Ansari Best Reference Word Award in 2016 for the Encyclopedia of Scientific Dating Methods