29.09.2017

Best Student Chapter Award 2017 goes to AGH UST Geophysical Society


photo from archive of AGH UST Geophysical Society

The AGH UST Geophysical Society came first in the Student Chapter Excellence Programme, which was announced during the prestigious SEG (Society of Exploration Geophysicists) conference.

The announcement was made on 27th September 2017 in Houston, during the annual SEG conference. Among the participants were AGH UST students of geophysics: Zbigniew Wilczyński and Anna Bąk, members of the chapter board alongside Elżbieta Sledź and Dariusz Dziubacki. The winners received the cup and 5000$ sponsored by SEG.

The best student chapter in the  Excellence Programme is determined on the basis of the annual activity report, including such aspects as the number of members, participation in SEG  student programmes or activities, volunteering for SEG, chapter outreach, collaboration with other SEG chapters,  geophysical organisations and universities and co-curricular activities.

– The award gives us great prestige and shows recognition of our activities. AGH UST students maintain the highest standards among junior research workers world-wide. AGH UST has a good reputation with SEG and the Student Chapter is recognised as a model organisation, engaged in a wide range of activities. Each year we are ranked among the summit Student Chapters – said PhD Kamila Wawrzyniak-Guz, the faculty advisor of the AGH UST Geophysical Society.

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) is one of the largest geophysical associations world-wide, with 27 thousand members from 128 countries. SEG was established in 1930 in the United States and its head office is now in Tulsa.

AGH UST Geophysical Society is now a SEG student chapter formed at the Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environment Protection, affiliated to the Research Group of the Geophysics Students “Geofon’, supervised by PhD Paulina Krakowska. The faculty advisor of the SEG student chapter is PhD Kamila Wawrzyniak-Guz. It was the first SEG Student Chapter formed in Poland, in 2006. Apart from AGH UST, only two other Polish universities  have SEG student chapters: the University of Silesia and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.

Presently the AGH UST Geophysical Society has 30 members and major areas of their  research activity include gravimetry, magnetic, geo-radar geo-electric and seismic measurements and analyses of petrophysical parameters in laboratory conditions.

SEG has launched and sponsored three types of student programmes: Student Leadership Symposium, Student Education Programme and Field Camps. Within the framework of the Field Camps project, AGH UST students organised the international geophysical workshops, which were held for the first time in 2016 in Srebrna Góra and Kraków. Among major accomplishments were geo-radar measurements which led to the discovery of a hitherto unknown crypt in the Church of the Assumption  in Kłodzko. This year the workshop was held in the Pieniny Mountains and geo-electric, magnetic and seismic measurements offered us  a better insight into the geological structure of the region.

AGH UST Geophysical Society members are involved in organisation of  geophysical workshops “Geosfera”, ‘Geophysics in Space” for participants from Poland, and the International Geosciences Student Conference. 

Activities of AGH UST Geophysical Society were duly appreciated upon entering the   Student Chapter Excellence Programme and AGH UST students were recipients of the Best Student Chapter Award in 2012 and 2015; in the previous years they always ranked among the summit SEG chapters.