The primary product of the University of Houston is its students. The Allied Geophysics Laboratories (AGL) at the University of Houston embarked on a listening tour to find out where the jobs are for new geophysicists, which job skills our students needed, and how to fund our research.

AGL was initiated by Fred Hilterman in 1977. In 1981 it had 37 consortia members that supported 40 graduate students. Today, 21 of those former sponsors no longer exist—victims of hard times, mergers, and a contracting oil industry; we are down to nine sponsors. Half of our AGL students are part-timers working...

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