About SAGE

A National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program


  • Institute Director
  • Reinhard Friedel
  • SAGE Co-Director
  • W. Scott Baldridge-Los Alamos
  • SAGE Co-Director
  • Larry Braile-Purdue University
  • Professional Staff Assistant
  • Georgia Sanchez
  • (505) 665-0855

SAGE is a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

Hosted by the National Security Education Center (NSEC) and the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division (EES) of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, major support for SAGE is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. National Science Foundation.

What SAGE offers

  • Teaches modern geophysical exploration techniques: seismic reflection and refraction, gravity and
    magnetics, electromagnetics (including magnetotellurics), and electrical resistivity
  • Involves extensive hands-on field experience
  • Integrates geophysical methods to solve real geological problems
  • Addresses geological problems of research and practical interest
  • Utilizes multi-institutional resources and expertise
  • includes classroom instruction and supporting lectures by academic and industrial professionals
  • Incorporates computer processing and modeling
  • Provides experience in data synthesis and report preparation
  • Permits university credit to be earned publishes its results in peer-reviewed journals
  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Open to U.S. and foreign participants

Who attends SAGE

  • Students in geophysics, geology, physics, math, and related fields wishing intensive training in geophysics or considering careers in the Earth sciences
  • Professionals, including college and university faculty and postdoctoral fellows desiring professional enhancement experience
  • Minimum of one year (two semesters or three quarters) of college physics, i.e, though Electricity and Magnetism. Minimum of three semesters of calculus, four preferred.
  • Structural geology and introductory geophysics recommended but not required.

What students gain from SAGE

  • Learn seismic reflection, refraction techniques
  • Get to the gravity of the matter
  • Familiarize yourself with electromagnetic methods
  • Apply geophysics to environmental or archaeological problems
  • Meet other students with similar geophysical interests
  • Introduce yourself to career opportunities - make contacts with industry representatives
  • Study the tectonics of an active continental rift
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