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PETROLEUM GEOSYSTEMS INITIATIVE

The Petroleum Geosystems Initiative (PGI) is a unique, interdisciplinary MS track designed to prepare students for careers in the petroleum industry. In addition to conducting cutting-edge independent research advised by faculty throughout the Department of Geosciences, PGI students complete a team- and project-based curriculum designed to prepare tomorrow’s industry leaders.

Program Overview

During their graduate studies at Penn State, PGI students

  • Work closely with multi-disciplinary team of other PGI students
  • Learn from a series of interactive, industry-focused PGI courses that supplement the Geosciences Graduate Curriculu
  • Conduct cutting-edge independent research with Penn State’s world class faculty www.geosc.psu.edu/research
  • Obtain practical hands-on industry training through interaction with industry mentors and participation in the Imperial Barrel Award program.
     

Curriculum

In addition to in-depth training provided by discipline-specific courses and the Geosciences Graduate Curriculum, all students in participating in PGI take the following course sequence:

Year One: Fall - Petroleum GeSystems (3) Spring - Multichannel Seismic Processing 
Year Two: Fall - Applied Reservoir Engineering (3) Spring - Play Evaluation (IBA Program (3)

 

Student Research 

Just like other Geosciences graduate students, PGI students work with faculty to pursue original research projects across a broad range of disciplines including geophysics, geochemistry, sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology, geodynamics, tectonics, Earth surface processes and paleobiology. Through thesis research, PGI participants develop the deep technical, critical-thinking, and communication skills required for a successful industry career. 

 

Sponsors

PGI student fellowships are generously provided by Chevron and Shell. This support allows PGI students to pursue high-level research and make important connections with geoscientists actively working in industry.

Students currently supported by Chevron and Shell Corporation.

 

2017-2018 2018-2019
Timothy Witham  Zi Xian Leong 
David Soto  
Brandon Clark  
   

 

 

Apply to PGI

Prospective students must apply and be accepted to the Department of Geosciences Graduate Program www.geosc.psu.edu/graduate-application. Graduate applicants interested in the Petroleum Geosystems Initiative should indicate so by including a brief summary of interest with the personal statement they write for the department application. We encourage applications from students with a wide variety of backgrounds and research interests. Admitted grad applicants will be selected for PGI by the PGI faculty committee.