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Earth and Space Sciences

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Earth and Space Sciences

207 Merion Science Center
720 S. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2727

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Current Students & Alumni

Welcome Graduate Students!

Access documents relating to the M.S. Geoscience final research project:


The Department offers scholarships to students majoring in Geoscience and Earth and Space Sciences Education to reward them for their outstanding academic achievements.

The Department offers four undergraduate scholarships each academic year under the award names:

  • The Sandra Pritchard Mather Scholarship
  • The Herbert Beller Geology Scholarship
  • The Geology and Astronomy Alumni Scholarship

Similarly, graduate students are offered one scholarship each academic year under the award name, the Sandra Pritchard Mather Graduate Scholarship. Successful candidates will receive up to $1000. The scholarships are awarded to those who have shown academic achievement, who can adequately provide a statement of their career goals, and show financial need. Preference is given to those students who have not previously received department scholarships and who demonstrate and articulate their strengths, objectives, and needs most effectively. The final awards are decided by majority vote of the department faculty.

Other undergraduate and graduate scholarship opportunities such as research assistantships and travel grants in specific areas of geology, astronomy, meteorology, or oceanography are available as well.

The WCU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs website also has a page dedicated to student funding opportunities.

National Student Exchange (NSE) Program

As a Geoscience student, you are eligible to take geology-related courses that count toward your degree at a different University for a semester or two! You can also take geology-related courses not offered at WCU that will complement your area of research.

Click HERE for more info on the NSE program.

If you are interested, contact either Dr. Joby Hilliker, or the program's coordinator, Daniele Clay, at Deadline is February of each year.

To find out which other geology-related schools are available, please go to:

and search "Geosciences" under "Find a Plan of Study."

Here is just a sample of some of the schools at which you can study:

  • University of Alaska
  • Colorado State University
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Utah
  • University of Wyoming


Department Clubs

The Society of Sigma Gamma Epsilon (SGE)

The Society of Sigma Gamma Epsilon (SGE) was established to recognize scholarship and professionalism in the Earth Sciences. Its objectives are the scholastic, scientific, and professional development of its members who are devoted to the advancement of the Earth Sciences. Any person who has completed at least 10 semester hours in any of our programs, and maintained a minimum of 3.0 GPA in all Earth Science courses, is qualified for membership. If you qualify and wish to join, please contact any of the above officers, or

Dr. Joby Hilliker


Dr. Daria Nikitina

- advisers of the Zeta Beta Chapter at West Chester University. Initiation of new members is held both fall and spring semesters.

The Earth and Space Science Club (ESSC)

The Earth and Space Science Club enhances appreciation of the Earth and Space Sciences (e.g., Geology, Astronomy, Oceanography, Meteorology) through social activities, including trips to quarries, museums, and parks. Fundraising is done several times a year, including bake and t-shirt sales. An annual semi-formal is also organized for members. ESSC is open to any student or faculty member on campus. Interested students should contact

Dr. Joby Hilliker


To contact SGE or ESSC, please contact us via e-mail at


Sigma Gamma


We are interested in keeping in touch with our past students and finding out what they are up to now. If you are an alumna/alumnus of the Geoscience Program at West Chester University, please provide us with current contact information by filling out the short Alumni Distribution Form.

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