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GRC Student Committee Webinar - Recording Available

The GRC Student Committee hosted a webinar presented by Professor Roland Horne of Stanford University. Professor Horne discussed Geothermal in a High Renewable Portfolio and provided an informative overview of the current state of renewable energy, heat pumps, innovations in plant design, and much more.

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Student Membership of the GRC

Students with current school ID, transcript, course schedule, or letter from the Registrar from an accredited institution pay just $20 for GRC Membership! Memberships expire on 12/31 of the given year.

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Membership advantage include access to:

  • GRC Annual Meeting - the largest geothermal conference in North America, the GRC Annual Meeting is the most important yearly event in the geothermal world.
  • GRC Bulletin - (6 issues) official worldwide industry trade publication of the Geothermal Resources Council, the Bulletin is the definitive voice for geothermal energy development and production.
  • GRC Membership Roster and Registry of Geothermal Services & Equipment - a unique publication that provides business, consulting and research contacts throughout the international geothermal community.
  • Online GRC Library - More than 40,000 catalogued items, free downloads of premium content.
  • Education Program - special meetings, workshops, and conferences on a broad range of topics pertaining to geothermal exploration, development and utilization at a discount to members.
  • International Geothermal Association (IGA) Membership - through the GRC's affiliation with the International Geothermal Association (IGA), all GRC Members are automatically members of the IGA, which offers discount registration to its World Geothermal Congress events (every 5 years), quarterly IGA News and a special discount rate for the international publication, Geothermics.Download GRC Student Webinar Flyer

    GRC Member Sarah Pistone, M.S., Stanford class of 2011, discusses her continued work on geothermal energy, a pursuit that began in her time at Stanford in Energy Resources Engineering.

GRC Student Chapters

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Imperial Valley College

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Universidad de Medellin Colombia

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at  The University of Texas at Austin


The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Student Committee is formally asking companies for any information on open or upcoming internships or entry level jobs appropriate for students who are active in geothermal research.

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Featured Student Publication

Student Committee member Kamran Jahan Baksh of the Colorado School of Mines - Mining Engineering Dept. presentied a paper at the Stanford Geothermal Workshop.

Modeling Thermal Breakthrough in Sedimentary Geothermal System, Using COMSOL Multiphysics

It is known that premature thermal breakthrough in the production well and cooling due to injection of cold water into a geothermal reservoir can degrade the quality of the reservoir operation. As the heat and mass transfer in the reservoir depends on the internal features of the reservoir and the interfacial features of surrounding rocks, there has been an increased effort to model geothermal reservoirs with detailed pore structures. In this work, the effect of heat extraction on advancement of cold front in both reservoir and surrounding host rock will be discussed. A segment of the deep sedimentary basin consists of high permeable fracture in a region with high temperature gradient is modeled. The influence of variable permeability on heat transfer within reservoir will be numerically investigated. COMSOL Multiphysics is used to generate models with different permeability
distribution for host rock.


Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2020

Geothermal Rising acknowledged the 2020 Geothermal Rising Scholarship Award winners at the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting.

The Marcelo Lippmann Graduate Scholarship is given to five graduate students based on a variety of factors including the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals. Unlike previous years, we awarded six scholarships this year. Selecting this year’s scholarship recipients was an extremely difficult task for the Education Committee due to the number of outstanding applications that were received. Without further ado, this year’s Marcelo Lippmann Graduate Scholarship winners:

  • Nolan Dellerman, University of Nevada, Reno, Geology (Master's degree
  • Hubert Langevin, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS-ETE), Earth Sciences (Master's degree)
  • Marcos Miranda, The Ohio State University, Environmental Engineering, Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering Department (Ph.D.)
  • Rita Okoroafor, Stanford University, Energy Resources Engineering (Ph.D.)
  • Elizabeth Oliphant, University of Oxford, Energy Systems (Master's degree)
  • Connor Smith, University of Nevada, Reno, Geophysics (Master's degree)

Please direct questions regarding the Geothermal Rising Scholarships Awards to:

Brian Schmidt
(530) 758-2360

Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2019

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC), a non-profit educational association dedicated to the promotion of geothermal energy and associated technologies around the world, is pleased to announce the recipients of seven GRC Scholarship Awards.
The selection was based upon a variety of factors, including the individual’s academic record, student activities, geothermal industry experience, and career goals.

Undergraduate Awards

  • Sharon Best (University of California, Riverside, USA) and
  • Maria Alejandra Taborda (University of Medellín, Colombia).

The winners of the Marcelo Lippmann Graduate Scholarship Awards are

  • José Eduardo Granados Pastrana (National Autonomous University of Mexico);
  • Kurt Kraal (University of Nevada, Reno, USA);
  • Catherine Lambert (Cornell University, USA);
  • Kevin Mendoza (University of Utah, USA) and
  • Omar Rodríguez Villarreal (Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico & Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France).

The scholarship winners will be acknowledged at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo, to be held in Palm Springs, California, USA, from September 15-18.

Please direct questions regarding the GRC Scholarship Awards to:

Brian Schmidt
(530) 758-2360

Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2018

Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarship Winners (PDF) (September 6, 2018)

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) acknowledged the 2018 GRC Scholarship Award winners at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Reno, Nevada, USA.

Undergraduate Awards

  • John Grill (Montana Tech University)
  • Christ Quinicot (Negros Oriental State University)
  • Estefanía Ramírez Restrepo (University of Medellin)

Graduate Awards

  • Estefanny Dávalos-Elizondo (Oklahoma State University)
  • Jonathan Ogland-Hand (The Ohio State University)
  • Arna Palsdottir (Cornell University)
  • Jared Smith (Cornell University)
  • Yuran Zhang (Stanford University)

Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2017

Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarship Winners (PDF) (August 21, 2017)

The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) acknowledged the 2017 GRC Scholarship Award winners at the GRC Annual Meeting & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Undergraduate awards:

  • Travis Broadhurst (University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill)
  • John Grill (Montana Tech of the University of Montana)

Graduate awards:

  • Jon Golla (University of New Mexico),
  • Steven Sewell (Victoria University) and
  • Daniel “Burke” Brunson (University of North Dakota)

GRC Project award:

  • Emma McConnville (University of Nevada – Reno)

Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2016

Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarship Winners (PDF) (August 1, 2016)

  • GRC Undergraduate awards ($1500): Chantel Jensen (University of California, Davis); Jon Golla (University of Puget Sound)
  • GRC Graduate awards ($2500): Erin Camp (Cornell University); Jeff Cullen (University of Texas at Austin); Gudni Rosenkjaer (University of British Columbia)
  • GRC Project award ($4500): Joshua Blackstock (University of Arkansas)

The scholarships were presented at the GRC Awards Luncheon at the GRC Annual Meeting, in Sacramento, California, USA, on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2015

Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarship Winners (PDF) (August 10, 2015)

  • GRC Student Project Award ($4,500): Marisa Earll – Master’s student in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona.
  • GRC Graduate Scholarship Awards ($2,500 each): Owen Callahan - PhD candidate at University of Texas at Austin, Cari Covell - Master’s student at the Iceland School of Energy of Reykjavik University, and Cary Lindsey - PhD student at University of Idaho.
  • GRC Undergraduate Scholarship Awards ($1,500 each): Thomas Lund - Mechanical Engineering student at University of Colorado, Boulder and Jeffrey Olson - Petroleum Engineering student at Colorado School of Mines.

The scholarships, totaling $15,000, were presented at the Annual GRC Membership & Awards Luncheon at the GRC Annual Meeting, held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA, from September 20 – 23, 2015.

Geothermal Resources Council Scholarships 2014

Geothermal Resources Council Announces Scholarship Winners (PDF) (June 23, 2014)

  • GRC Undergraduate scholarships ($1,500): Megan Dewit of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, and Paige Granneman of the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.
  • GRC Graduate scholarships ($2,500): Nastaran Arianpoo of the University of British Columbia, Canada; Joseph Batir of Southern Methodist University, Texas, USA, and Maciej Lukawski of Cornell Energy Institute in New York, USA.
  • GRC Geothermal Project award ($4,500): Holly McLachlan of the University of Nevada, Reno, USA.

The recipients were presented with their awards at the 2014 GRC Annual Meeting, held at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA, September 28 – October 1, 2014.

Geothermal Programs at Universities

Universities offering education and training in geothermal energy in Europe