Welcome to Crossroads Conference and Career Fair!

March 23 & 24, 2018

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Abstract Deadline: March 16, 2018!

The student members of the Rho chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon at Indiana University invite you to participate in the annual Crossroads Conference at Indiana University. This conference is a student-organized event featuring research presentations by graduate and undergraduate students in the geological, atmospheric, and environmental sciences from a number of regional colleges and universities, at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Updates and News

  • Presenters: Talks should be ~15min including time for questions.
  • Previous year programs are available under the abstract submission section.

Abstract Submission

To submit your abstract please download the abstract template, fill it out accordingly and email it to iu.crossroadsconference@gmail.com or crossroadsgeologyconference@gmail.com (currently phasing this email accound out).

Abstract guildlines are on the first page of the abstract template. An example of a completed abstract form can be downloaded here.

Visiting Students

If you would like us try to place you with a student host, please indicate so on your abstract submission.

Previous Years Awardees

Poster Oral
Undergraduate Grace Carlson, IU Jennifer Lingeman, IUPUI
Masters Sydney Olund, OSU Britt Rossman, IU
PhD Alex Zimmerman, IU Rebecca Caldwell, IU

Archived Abstracts

Download the pdf of the 2013 Crossroads abstracts here.
Download the pdf of the 2014 Crossroads abstracts here.
Download the pdf of the 2015 Crossroads abstracts here.
Download the pdf of the 2016 Crossroads abstracts here.
Download the pdf of the 2017 Crossroads abstracts here.
Download the pdf of the 2018 Crossroads abstracts here.

2018 Judges

Judge Affiliation
Jeff Oslund Anadarko (Retired)
Larry Whitmer Wabash Energy
Quinn Lewis Post-doc, Indiana University
James Wallace ConocoPhillips
Jeff Woods USGS
Stan Carpenter Colonial Pipeline Company
Mark Fisherkeller ARCADIS
James Wallace ConocoPhillips
Larry Whitmer Wabash Energy
Drew Grimes Carmel High School
Morgan Saltsgiver ATC Group Services
Eric Caldwell ATC Group Services
John Holbrook Professor, Texas Christian University
Jack Wittman Intera
Laura Wasylenki Professor, Indiana University
Claudia Johnson Professor, Indiana University

2018 Company Booths

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Indiana Geological and Water Survey (IGWS)
Resume Review booth

Keynote Speaker

Dr. John Holbrook

Texas Christian University

Geothermal Energy: Where are we now?

The Earth’s interior is a perpetual source of heat. This heat is a source of clean renewable energy sufficient to drive a robust world economy for the foreseeable future. The heat is dispersed, however, and tapping this vast energy resource has proven elusive. The SedHeat initiative is an NSF Research Coordination Network dedicated to overcoming the technical challenges toward making this geothermal energy a reality. Particularly, SedHeat is focused on tapping the energy reserves in the sedimentary pile. Five years of SedHeat has yielded some advances. The economics of geothermal energy have improved. While large-scale application of geothermal energy is still slightly more expensive than conventional baseload sources, advances in science and engineering have brought it into practical and competitive range. Probably the greatest potential for geothermal energy is large-scale energy storage as a companion to more ephemeral energy sources like solar and wind. This presentation will offer a summation of the state of geothermal so far.

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