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Drilling and Coring Summer Institute

A comprehensive nine-day hands-on training course for graduate students, postdocs, and early-career researchers, especially those who will be involved in continental scientific drilling or coring projects in the next ~five years.

Two sessions in 2018:
June 25 - July 3 and August 9-17
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus

The Summer Institute is offered by LacCore and the Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Office (CSDCO), and is taught primarily by Dr. Amy Myrbo, with other LacCore/CSDCO staff and guest presenters.

Participants’ costs are limited to personal transportation and some meals. Expenses for participant lodging (dorm room double occupancy), materials, field trips, equipment use, LacCore/CSDCO personnel time, and most meals are funded by the National Science Foundation.

The DCSI is open to US and non-US participants. We strive for diversity in our choices of applicants.

Topics in the classroom and field may include, pending availability and participant interest:

Site selection and survey: Ground-penetrating radar (GPR), CHIRP seismics. Interpretation of geophysical data. Water chemistry profiling and sampling.

Project planning and management: workshop planning and execution, budget development, personnel and time allocation, equipment and sample import/export, contracting, preparation of NSF and ICDP proposals, field logistics, project management software, data management, core handling and field curation, post-field logistics, tracking, allocation.

Broader impacts: developing and implementing meaningful outreach, diversity, and education activities. Teaching with cores in formal and informal education settings.

Free and open source core software and resources: CoreWall/Corelyzer, PSICAT, Correlator/Feldman, TMI, Flyover Country. Geoinformatics, databases, EarthCube.

Coring and drilling equipment: Ekman dredge, HTH gravity surface corer, Griffith drive rod piston surface corer, modified Bolivia surface corer, Livingstone/Bolivia square rod piston corers, Nesje percussion corer, vibracorer, Kullenberg gravity piston corer, Winkie drill, diamond-bit wire-line drilling tools for soft and hard sediments, downhole logging, field subsampling and processing.

Initial core description (ICD): Multisensor core logging, core splitting, surface preparation, digital imaging, petrographic smear slides, coarse fractions, lithological description, core correlation and composite depth scales, facies interpretation, subsampling, curation.

Downstream analyses: Scanning X-ray fluorescence (XRF), environmental scanning electron microscopy (SEM), color analysis using digital images, age-depth modeling using Bacon software, tours of other UMN Twin Cities facilities.

Presentation: Giving lightning talks and better scientific presentations.

To apply, fill out the form at by 11 PM Central Daylight Time (GMT-5) March 16, 2018. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by March 30, 2018.

Enrollment is limited to 12 participants in each 2018 course.

A new series of short courses will be offered in 2018 and beyond, open to all participants, not only early-career researchers. To register your interest for such courses, please visit Ad hoc individual and group training in any of the listed topics can be arranged with LacCore/CSDCO outside of these workshops as well.

Please contact with questions.

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The Drilling and Coring Summer Institute is funded by the National Science Foundation - Instrumentation and Facilities Program as part of the CSDCO cooperative agreement (NSF-IF-1338382).