Dear Prospective Graduate Student,

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies in the Structural Geology and Geomechanics Program. This program is within the Geological and Environmental Sciences Department (GES) in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University. More information about the department, school, and university are available on their respective home pages.

Information about application for graduate studies and financial aid in the GES Department can be obtained by contacting Elaine Anderson, the GES Academic Administrator at the following email address: All students admitted to the department, except those who have scholarships from other sources, are provided financial aid in the form of fellowships and teaching assistantships (TAs) from the department, or research assistantships (RAs) from faculty grants and contracts. Degrees granted by this department include the M.S. and Ph.D.

The Structural Geology and Geomechanics program, the current graduate students, research projects, and publications are described in detail on pages linked to the Structural Geology and Geomechanics home page. Please explore these pages. The publications are a great way to find out about our research objectives, methodologies, and the current research opportunities that are available in the program. Also, you can read about our recent graduates and where they have been hired into academic, industry, and government positions.

The Basic Energy Sciences Program of the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Tectonics Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) fund our basic research program. National and international oil companies and consulting companies fund our applied research program, organized under the Rock Fracture Project, the Shale Smear Project, and the Poly3D Project. The Rock Fracture Project is an industry affiliates program co-directed by us. For further information please refer to the industry affiliates section of this home page.

If you share our enthusiasm for solving basic and/or applied problems in Structural Geology and Geomechanics perhaps this program is for you. If so, we suggest you contact us to discuss some of the details, after you visited the rest of our web site.

Best Wishes,
David D. Pollard and Atilla Aydin