A big thank you to all our guests and friends of the department for the unforgettable celebration of two decades of education and research in recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Benson Earth Sciences Building on September 15th, 2017 (please view our collection of photographs from the event). The Geological Sciences is not the same department it was when we moved from Old Geology to our new home in 1997. The Benson Earth Sciences Building (BESC) has been a major factor in defining the Department’s transition. Our ability to hire the very best young faculty, and to recruit top students from around the country has been greatly enhanced by the infrastructure and appearance of BESC and we look forward to a bright future and the next two decades of excellence in education and research. We would like to say a special thank you to all of our faithful and generous donors for your continued support and encouragement to the Department of Geological Sciences. 

"You may wonder how we are able to physically accommodate such a robust faculty growth. With creativity, collaboration, and collegiality from current faculty, the Benson Earth Sciences Building continues to amaze us by its capacity that enables the department to expand since we moved into the Building nearly 20 years ago" -Shemin Ge, Department Chair