U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Geothermal Technologies Office
Department of Energy Advances Geothermal Science through Collegiate Competition
February 25, 2013
the Obama Administration's pledge to accelerate science, technology,
engineering, and math (STEM) education, the U.S. Department of Energy today kicked off the 2013
National Geothermal Student Competition. The intercollegiate contest among America's
leading universities is designed to advance the understanding of geothermal
energy by exploring solutions and technologies that reduce the cost and risks
associated with geothermal development while providing invaluable experience in
the field. This year, interdisciplinary student teams will focus on developing
a geothermal enterprise that could lead to breakthroughs in their home states.
the National Geothermal Student Competition, leading research universities
harness the excitement of intercollegiate competition to position geothermal
energy as a contender in the global race for clean energy. Seven semi-finalist
teams will be selected in late April based on their collaborative proposals and
choice of geology and geoscience disciplines. Each team will advance to the
next round of the competition with a stipend of $5,500 for planning. Winners
will be announced in June, based on the quality of their work plan and
year, Idaho State University students won first place for their cutting-edge
research in geothermal exploration. The team developed a conceptual model of
blind geothermal resources in the Snake River Plain, Idaho. Based on the
quality of their work, the Idaho State team received public recognition and an
award for their groundbreaking research. Boise State University and Southern
Methodist University students took home second and third place in the annual
Now in its third year, the
National Geothermal Student Competition is hosted by DOE's Geothermal Technologies Office in coordination
with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). Learn more about the competition on the ORISE website.
U.S. Department of Energy's Geothermal Technologies Office invests in
clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment,
and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil through geothermal solutions.
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