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

  • 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. 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