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Kyle Gallant, Class of 2022,

About Me

I grew up in a small town in New Mexico and for as long as I can remember, I've wanted to follow in my grandfather's footsteps and become a geologist. During my time at NMT, I have been fortunate enough to have undergraduate research opportunities that further solidified that geology is the path for me.

Why I chose NMT

During my junior year a recruiter from NMT visited my high school; this was the first time I really started to think about where I wanted to go to college. After I learned about the highly regarded reputation of the NMT geology program, I decided if I was going to be a geologist, why not attend the best program in the state?

About my Project

The Bright Star Program has allowed me to study the San Marcial Basin by using variations in earth gravity. The goal of this research was to gain a better understanding of the basin as a whole, as well as to answer questions about structural complexities that existed. Before this study, little was known about the basin, and many questions had never been addressed before.

Why Support for Undergraduate Research is Important

Undergraduate research is essential for giving students like me the opportunity to participate in hands-on work in science and engineering. It can be a thrilling experience to have the chance to explore questions that have never before been answered. Involving students in early research opportunities benefits both the students and science in general.

Read Kyle's paper, Elucidating the structural geometry and major faults of the San Marcial Basin, Socorro County, using total Bouguer gravity anomaly data.