University of Texas at Dallas

The Miles Foundation helped us realize a vision for our geological program that now really differentiates UTD from other universities. By allowing us to bring the lab to the field, we are transforming the way students study and prepare for careers in geology.

Ellison Miles Center for Geological Field Studies

The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) is one of the premier, comprehensive research universities in the Southwest. Through the Ellison Miles Center for Geological Field Studies, the University is realizing its vision of offering an elite program that will transform the way students study and prepare for careers in geology. This program also allows the University and The Miles Foundation to honor the life and legacy of Ellison Miles.


Launching in the fall of 2013, UTD’s immersive graduate student field study program will be the first of its kind, enabling students to access state-of-the-art equipment and technology on-site at their respective geological field locations nationwide. Through this innovative program, students will:

  • Apply a team approach to solving complicated geological problems: Graduate students will identify, analyze and solve complex geological problems as a team, mimicking a real-world approach employed by many of today’s energy companies.
  • Utilize a state-of-the-art mobile research laboratory: For the first time, students will be able to acquire, analyze and visualize data without ever leaving the field. Through a mobile research laboratory, students will have access to a full suite of tools and cutting-edge technologies traditionally available only in a campus-based lab or classroom environment.
  • Work on a thesis and receive a graduate degree in geosciences: At the end of the instructional and research program, students will complete a thesis and be eligible for a Master of Science degree. The comprehensive program of study includes:
    • Basic training on sophisticated geological tools and techniques (spring semester)
    • Field study (summer semester)
    • Joint program focused on solving complex geological questions as a team (fall and spring semesters)

The Miles Foundation applauds UTD and its Department of Geosciences for pioneering a best-practice approach to educating the next generation of leaders in this industry.