Each summer, typically in the month of June, Southwestern Adventist University conducts a Field Research Project in the Lance Formation of eastern Wyoming. The undergraduate course, GEOL 240, The Dinosaurs, is designed for non-science majors who would like to satisfy a general education requirement in laboratory science by engaging in a real science research project. The program consists of a balance of instruction in technique, practical experience in excavating fossil dinosaur remains, overview of dinosaur life, and general science concepts and principles.
As part of the total exposure, "field trips" are planned to museums, natural phenomena, and scenic sights in the Black Hills of South Dakota and the surrounding region.
Four semester credits of lab science college/university credit may be earned during the four week experience.
Thursday, May 31 through Friday, June 29
Class activities will begin Monday morning, June 4 and run through Wednesday, June 27.
The on-line application serves both as an application for the project as well as an application to Southwestern Adventist University.
Eligible students include:
An admission decision is made after the university receives:
The High School transcript should be sent to:
Deadline for all application materials: May 1
The position in the course will be secured by:
The medical documentation can be FAXed to the University: (817) 202-6753.
The documentation and deposit needs to be received by May 20.
The deposit will be applied to the fees when you begin the course.
All participants must fill out and sign four Participant Forms before working in the quarry. While these are available at the site, they can also be downloaded, printed, filled out, and brought with you.
In the case for minors, these forms will need to be signed by a parent or guardian. This may mean the signed forms will need to be brought with you.
The transportation cost includes the local transportation as well as the initial transportation from Keene, TX to the site and return. The total for the site fees, food, and transportation is to be paid by all students receiving credit regardless of his or her transportation details.
The remainder of the fees beyond the initial deposit should be paid to Earth History Research Center by June 1.