Welcome to Spring 2015!

The mission of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences is to further the understanding of Earth, the solar system, and their histories.

The Department’s scope extends from the center of Earth to the rim of the solar system, and its activities cut across traditional disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and mathematics. Our faculty, students, and staff examine Earth’s interior structure, chemistry, motion, and dynamics; geologic hazards; processes affecting the surface environment; the surrounding space environment; planetary processes; and geobiology.

We provide a foundation for interdisciplinary teaching and research that is based on the geologic record, and on rigorous observation and modeling of Earth’s present state. Our research aims to provide a basis for making accurate predictions of future conditions.

Through these activities, we contribute to the education of undergraduate and graduate students seeking careers in science and technology, provide broad educational opportunities about Earth, environmental and space sciences, and conduct outreach on related issues of societal concern.

Hi ESSers!

As everyone returns to our department keep a few points in mind:

Please remember to be vigilant about suspicious behavior in our buildings and labs.
Remember to lock doors when appropriate, especially when working alone in laboratories. Report suspicious behavior to the UWPD as well as our building manager, Dave McDougall (JHN 047). Also, you might program the UWPD number into your phone: 206-685-8973 (UWPD). For emergencies, call 911 immediately.

Please remember to use common spaces with consideration for your peers!
We have a lot of shared work space in our department–like labs, offices, the student lounge, the QRC library, etc. Please remember to be considerate when using these spaces, and to create spaces for our incoming students–so that everyone can be comfortable using these resources.

We have a lot of new ways to connect to the department–check out our social media!



ESS Student Services Blog:








EnviroLink (Environmental Pre-Major Advising Link) Blog:


SAMLink (Science and Math Pre-Major Advising Link) Blog:


Thanks everyone! Good luck this quarter! Welcome!

UW CubeSat Team Crowd Sourcing

Hello Everybody,

The UW CubeSat Team is a great group of undergrads and grads trying to get a student-built project on the Moon. One of the biggest problems they are facing is a lack of funding because not a lot of people believe that students are able to do something on this scale. In order to address this, they’ve decided to start to crowd source funds soon. Any help, from sharing this information to perhaps even contributing, would be greatly appreciated!

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/UWCubeSat

Website: https://uw.useed.net/projects/213/home

Scholarships – AfterCollege Scholarships

Apply for AfterCollege Scholarships

AfterCollege scholarships are awarded to current students who stand out as future superstars in their field. Create a concise, yet impactful, profile showcasing your talents and passion for your field of study and you could be the next recipient!
The deadline to apply is

June 30th

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship

$500 – Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in a field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics from a group underrepresented in their field of study.

Underrepresented groups may be defined by: gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Click Here to Apply

Aerospace Corporation Science & Engineering Student Scholarship

$500 – Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in the fields of electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, information systems, and mathematics. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Click Here to Apply

AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship

$1,000 – Open to currently enrolled students in an accredited program, working toward a degree in any discipline. Minimum 2.5 GPA.

Click Here to Apply

About AfterCollege

AfterCollege is an entry-level job and internship resource started by Stanford students in 1999.  We match students with opportunities based on school, major and graduation date. Tell us whether or not these positions interest you (and why), and we’ll show you results that better reflect your preferences.

Job Announcement – Field Technician at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Interested in working in Fairbanks this summer?

There is an open field technician position at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the summer. The position will involve regularly traveling 45 minutes to a wetland where the USGS, UW and UAF have ongoing research studies. The technician will be responsible for maintaining auto flux chambers, conducting field measurements, and collecting field samples. The technician will join other UW students who will be working at the field site and living in Fairbanks over the summer.

Job Open Date: February 12, 2015
Review Date: March 02, 2015
Job Close Date: June 30, 2015

If you are interested or want more information, apply to this posted position: https://www.uakjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=86636

You can contact Mark Waldrop at USGS (mwaldrop@usgs.gov) for more detailed information about position responsibilities and daily work.