LacCore Drilling and Coring Summer Institute, Applications Due June 30

The Drilling and Coring Summer Institute will be held August 10-21, 2015 at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus. The institute is offered by LacCore and the Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Office (CSDCO), funded by NSF. The DCSI will be taught primarily by Dr. Amy Myrbo, with other LacCore/CSDCO staff and guest presenters.

The DCSI is a comprehensive hands-on training course for graduate students, postdocs, and early-career researchers, especially (but not limited to) those who will be involved in continental scientific drilling or coring
projects in the next ~five years. Participants’ costs are limited to personal transportation and some meals. Expenses for participant lodging (dorm room double occupancy), materials, field trips, equipment use, and LacCore/CSDCO personnel time are funded by the National Science Foundation.

Topics in the classroom and field may include, pending availability and participant interest:
1) Site selection and survey: Ground-penetrating radar (GPR), CHIRP seismics. Interpretation of geophysical data. Water chemistry survey and sampling.

2) 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.

3) Broader impacts: developing meaningful outreach, diversity, and education activities.

4) 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.

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

6) Downstream analyses: Scanning X-ray fluorescence (XRF), environmental scanning electron microscopy (SEM), color analysis using digital images, age-depth modeling using Bacon software, tour of Institute for Rock Magnetism (IRM), St. Anthony Falls Lab (SAFL/NCED), Large Lakes Observatory (LLO).

To apply: please fill out this form before June 30, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by July 7.

Enrollment in the August 2015 course is limited to 15 participants. Additional courses of varying lengths will be scheduled in 2016 and beyond. Ad hoc individual and group training in any of the listed topics can be arranged with LacCore/CSDCO outside of this workshop as well.

Please contact Amy Myrbo ( with any questions.

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