During the summer GO FoRWARD session, students participate in research projects focused on one area of geosciences, either Fossils, Rocks, or Water.



Fossils Project

The bedrock underneath Milwaukee tells a 400 million year old story! In this project, students will get outside and explore the fossils found in the local carbonate bedrock and unravel the fascinating tale of the creatures that inhabited the warm inland seaway preserved in the rocks. We’ll bring all the data back to the computer lab to learn data entry and some statistical tests.


Rocks Project

Ever hear the phrase ‘strong as a rock’? If rocks are so strong, why are they full of cracks? Students working on this project will visit local quarries and learn how to measure fractures with geologic compasses. You will be able to interpret if the fractures were caused by ancient tectonic plate collisions or if thick glaciers pushed down on the rocks.


Water Project

The 2021 water project focuses on groundwater right below campus!  You will learn how hydrogeologists test groundwater quantity and quality.