Grant Colip




Graduate Teaching Assistant (2020 - present), North Carolina State University, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina.  I assist students in geology laboratory classes, including MEA 110 (Physical Geology Lab).  My M.S. work, co-advised by Dr. Karl Wegmann and Dr. Lonnie Leithold, is conducted in conjunction with the University of Minnesota's LacCore group, and is funded via a grant from the USGS National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program to investigate "Late Quaternary Earthquakes from Multiple Sources on the Olympic Peninsula — Using the Sedimentary Record from Lake Crescent, Washington to Improve Regional Seismic Hazard Probability Estimates."

Student Trainee (Physical Science) (2018 - Present), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, Reston, Virginia.  I am working with Dr. Christopher Swezey and other USGS scientists on an investigation of Quaternary sediments preserved in karst sinkholes in the Appalachians.  This work is done via optically-stimulated luminescence (OSL) and radiocarbon dating of sediments taken from Highland and Bath Counties, Virginia.

Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant (2017 - 2019), James Madison University (JMU), Department of Geology & Environmental Science, Harrisonburg, Virginia.  I assisted students in geology laboratory classes, including GEOL 110L (Physical Geology Lab) and GEOL 280 (Mineralogy).  I also completed grading, managed lab materials, and assisted with other miscellaneous duties in the Department as needed.

Camp Facilitator (2015), Roanoke Valley Governor's School for Science and Technology, Roanoke, Virginia.  I worked at the summer science camp helping middle school aged kids from the region brainstorm research topic ideas, develop project procedures, conduct in-depth research experiments, and write accompanying papers.



M.S. (anticipated 2022) - Earth Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

B.S. (2019) - Geology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Honors ThesisGrain Size and Vegetation as Controlling Variables for Stream Channel Morphology  

B.A. (2019) - Modern Foreign Languages - Spanish, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.


Honors and Awards - James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

2019 - Philip R. Cosminsky Award, for outstanding service to the Geology department and the University

2018 - Spade Field Camp Scholarship, for the JMU Geology Field Course in Ireland

2017 - Fred Schaefermeyer Scholarship, for excelling in the Mineralogy course & showing enthusiasm for mineral collecting

2017 - Inducted into Sigma Gamma Epsilon, national earth science honor society

2015 - Second Century Scholarship, 75% of in-state tuition cost for all four years of undergraduate study, for showing outstanding promise as an incoming STEM major with a GPA of over 3.5


Memberships in Professional Societies

- Geological Society of America (GSA)

- Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG)

- Sigma Gamma Epsilon (SGE) - national earth science honor society