University of Memphis SEG Student Chapter

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The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Student Chapter is a registered student organization at the University of Memphis since 2012. The student chapter serves as a platform between you and the geoscience profession, so you are able to develop skills, acquire knowledge, and learn about industry internships and job opportunities. The student chapter currently has more than 20 members with diverse backgrounds, including students from the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI), Department of Civil Engineering (CE), Department of Earth Sciences (DES), and Department of Psychology (PSY).

Joining this student chapter has many benefits, including:

  • Opportunities to apply for funding for travel to SEG conferences and for scientific research
  • Meet with recruiters from the oil industry for possible internships and job opportunities
  • Opportunities for visits from SEG distinguished and honorary lecturers
  • Free books through the Fred and Kathi Hilterman SEG Foundation Student Chapter Book Program for the student chapter's library
  • Monthly issues of The Leading Edge (TLE) for the student chapter's library
  • Bimonthly issues of Geophysics for the student chapter's library
  • Annual distinguished instructor short courses on DVD for the student chapter's library
  • Annual distinguished lectures on CD for the student chapter's library
  • SEG annual meeting Expanded Abstracts on CD for the student chapter's library

The student chapter is not just for geophysicists! Engineers, geologists, physicists, mathematicians, and others also benefit from participation. Membership to the Geophysical Society is available to anyone who is a full-time graduate or undergraduate student and in good standing at the University of Memphis.


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2018-2019 Events and Activities


Three meetings were held in this academic year that centered on preparing the chapter for future events. The faculty advisor and all officers participated in the meetings and created an effective plan to incorporate more events, increase participation, and place students with more experience in leadership positions going forward.


The chapter held and participated in three major events in the past year.

SEG Honorary Lecturer, by Dr. Christine Krohn

  • Topic: The complexity just below our feet and the implications for the fidelity of land seismic data
  • Date: 9/21/2018
  • Participants: Faculty and students from CERI and DES (Department of Earth Science, UM)

Ghost River Canoe Trip and Barbeque

  • Date: 10/20/2018
  • Participants: CERI students and faculty

Short course on Machine Learning by Phil Bording

  • Date: 1/27/2018 – 1/30/2018
  • Participants: CERI students and faculty

2017-2018 Events and Activities

2016-2017 Events and Activities

4th Annual Pumpkin Carving Potluck

SEG Colloquium Series

  1. "Apollo lunar seismic experiment", presented by Dr. H. James Dorman on September 9, 2016

2015-2016 Events and Activities

3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Potluck

  • October 30, 2016

Bad Science Movie Night

  • February 23, 2016

Education and Outreach

  1. Seismic hazards talk: 5th graders from local elementary school, March 2, 2016
  2. Herff Scholars Day: High School students interested in engineering seismology, March 5, 2016

CERI Trivia

  • April 8, 2016

Ping Pong Tournament

  • March 18, 2016

Seismic Instrument Workshop

  • April 11-13, 2016

SEG Colloquium Series

  1. "Research Talks", presented by Dr. Charles Langston, John Meredith, Mostafa Mousavi, Yang Yang and Akram Mostafanejad on September 18, 2015
  2. "Strain on the Plains isn't just the faults' fault: Stress in the central U.S.", presented by Dr. Will Levandowski on October 9, 2015
  3. "Geodymanic Research at CERI: Achievements and plans”, presented by Dr. Eunseo Choi on October 16, 2015
  4. “Earthquake Hazard Research: Urban, Regional, Q, Stress Drop, GMMs, Historical, Tectonic, and EEW”, presented by Dr. Chris Cramer, Mahesh Dhar, Nayeem Al Noman, Jerry Kutliroff, Luke Philip Ogweno on October 23, 2015
  5. “Earthquake Rupture Simulation: Theory and Examples” presented by Dr. Eric Daub, Chunquan Wu, David Tovar, Naeem Khoshnevis, Khurram Aslam, Sabber ahamed, Yang Yang on October 30, 2015
  6. "Seismological research along collision and subduction plate boundaries -- from oceans to continents" presented by Dr. Jer-Ming Chiu on November 20, 2015