Meet the first Cohort of KGS Paul Edwin Potter Interns


LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2022) — The primary cohort of interns in a brand new Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) program are spending their summers contributing to statewide analysis tasks centered on geologic sources, environmental points and pure hazards affecting Kentucky.

The brand new Paul Edwin Potter Internship Program is giving College of Kentucky college students eager about geoscience analysis the chance to get actual world expertise and have interaction in a hands-on analysis venture for 10 weeks all through the summer time. Though this system was restricted to UK college students throughout its first 12 months, it is going to be expanded in future years to incorporate college students from different universities.

Supported by a beneficiant reward from the late Paul Edwin Potter, a former professor of geology on the College of Cincinnati, this system goals to increase and enrich geoscience coaching alternatives for college students. 

Every intern is paired with a KGS knowledgeable who’s giving them individualized mentorship and steering as they collaborate on a analysis venture. Tasks within the 2022 program deal with matters together with geologic hazards, crucial minerals and environmental justice. This system will culminate in displays on the KGS Paul Edwin Potter Internship showcase at KGS on July 29.

“Past contributing to analysis tasks, our interns take part in weekly skilled growth discussions,” stated KGS’s Elizabeth Adams, who serves as coordinator for this system. “We hope they’ll depart this system with a greater understanding of profession alternatives and extra confidence of their skilled skills.”

The weekly actions embrace subject experiences, lessons to develop technical expertise and periods centered on profession planning, networking and interview preparation.

Meet the six 2022 interns — all college students from the School of Arts and Sciences — and be taught extra about their summer time tasks:

Dilni Abeyrathne, an undergraduate within the Division of Geography and Division of Worldwide Research, is working with KGS Director Invoice Haneberg, on a venture to map landslides related to mountaintop elimination coal mining and their potential impacts on environmental justice points in Kentucky.

Alex Arimes, an undergraduate within the Division of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is working with landslide geologist Matt Crawford, utilizing the KGS unmanned aerial automobile and geographic data system methods to judge previous landslide exercise in japanese Kentucky.

Russel Rogers, a graduate pupil within the Division of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is working with seismologist Seth Carpenter, utilizing new instrumentation to research the consequences of near-surface sediments on seismic waves within the New Madrid seismic zone.

Ellie Stevens, an undergraduate within the Division of Geography, is working with KGS hydrogeologist Junfeng Zhu, to determine sinkholes from lidar elevation information with help from a machine studying mannequin.

Alex Thomas, a graduate pupil within the Division of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is working with Haneberg and KGS geological mapping part head Drew Andrews utilizing a drone-based gamma spectrometer to develop strategies for mapping radon fuel potential in Kentucky soils.

Zachary Walton, a 2022 graduate from the Division of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is working with geologist Gina Lukoczki, within the KGS fluid inclusion lab the place he’s serving to with an ongoing KGS crucial mineral analysis venture.


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