Geology Class Attends International Geology Organization Meeting
Athens, W.Va. – Dr. David Matchen assistant professor of geology at Concord University took his Geology 380 class to a meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) on Saturday September 15 through Monday, September 17.
AAPG is a 35,000 member, international society of geoscientists, with the mission of supporting and promoting petroleum geology. The meeting was a local section meeting attended by 500 geologists primarily from the Appalachian Basin. In this regional meeting for the eastern United States, class members were able to meet people from various companies in a job fair.
“I wanted to show them that the information we are learning in Geology 380 is important and that these companies will pay them for this,” he said.
“The job fair was a great opportunity for students to be introduced to people in the geology field and possibly gain summer employment. I can tell them all day that the job market is good but it doesn’t mean anything until I actually show them professional geologists who are all looking for people to hire,” Matchen said.
Students also were able to meet the national president-elect of the AAPG, Scott Tinker, which Matchen said was the highlight of the trip.
“I was very pleased that he spent some time talking with the students,” he said. “It’s not often that students like ours will meet someone like that.”
To relate the field trip to his class, Matchen required students to attend various technical sessions at the meetings and then write summaries on the information presented. Overall, he said the trip would help students in the classroom understand their assignments, as well as reinforce the importance of their work at Concord and how it relates to their career interests.
“It provides them with valuable experience and lets them know what they need to do in order to continue in this profession.”
PHOTO: (front row, from left) Nathan Painter, Ghent; Angea Lilly, Speedway; AAPG President-elect, Scott Tinker; Jaana Hitzig, Renick; Will Lambert, Princeton; (back row, from left) Johnny Bragg, Shady Spring; Hugo Hughes, Lewisburg; Ian Ware, Sutton; and Flint Johnson, Ghent.
Andrea Meador a freshman majoring in English and journalism wrote this news release. Her hometown is Ghent.