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Awards, Honors, and Kudos

Undergraduate Research Awards in Earth and Planetary Sciences are awarded on a competitive basis to upper level undergraduate students conducting research with an EPS research group and/or faculty member. The award is granted on scholastic of the student, the merit of the proposed research and financial need to help offset expenses related to the proposed research. This year the committee granted three research awards. 

  • 2017 - Sophia Benaroya, Orion Farr, Mariya Galochinka, Trevor Tibbrine
  • 2016 - Jill Park, Virginia Agostinelli, Thi Quan Pham, Sean Stevenson, and Sebastian Sotomayor
  • 2015 - Shannon Boyle, Peter Skryzalin, Liam Hoare

The Richard K. Olsson Award, created in 2010 in honor of Prof. Richard K. Olsson, Department of Geology faculty member from 1957 to 1997 and Department Chair from 1977 to 1996, in recognition of his dedication to research and graduate mentorship. The Richard K. Olsson Award is given to an advanced graduate student in recognition of “excellence in research” as determined by overall scholastic achievement and first authored research publication(s). For 2018, a stipend of $1500 is awarded.

  • 2018 - Masha Makarova
  • 2017 - Weimen Si
  • 2015 - Nicole Abdul, Max Gavrilenko, Natalie Stier
  • 2014 - Chris Vidito and Ayda Shokoohi Razi
  • 2013 - Sara Mana
  • 2012 - Huapei Wang
  • 2011 - Alex Nikulin and Pablo Ruiz
  • 2010 - Morgan Schaller

The Vinton Gwinn Award, created in 1972 in honor of the late Vinton Gwinn (RC’56) an excellent field geologist specializing in Appalachian Geology,is given to a 3rd or 4th year undergraduate student in recognition of independent research and overall scholastic achievement. For 2018, two $500 research stipends are awarded.  * For awards 1972 to present, see list at end of awards.*

  • 2018 - Kyle Cusack and Julie Fircha
  • 2017 - Weimen Si
  • 2016 - Peter Skryzalin and Kaitlin McCloskey
  • 2015 - Michael Farzaneh, Micheal Klaser, Laura Sammon
  • 2014 - Beverly Chiu
  • 2013 - Sean Kinney, Alyssa Karis and Ben Dunham
  • 2012 - Poorna Srinivasan and Julie Criscione
  • 2011 - Helen Janiszewski
  • 2010 - Lisa Seunarine

The EPS Chair Award, created in 2011, is given to an outstanding student in recognition of scholarship, research and service in Geological Sciences. This award is given to a graduate and/or undergraduate student recognized by the department chair, as having a unique combination of attributes and drive that places them at the forefront of their class.  For 2018, one stipend of $1000 was awarded.

  • 2018 - Christina Verhagen
  • 2017 - Jacob Setera
  • 2016 - Mattathias "Max" Needle, James "JN" Stanley, and Mariah Rice
  • 2015 - Beverly Chiu
  • 2014 - Selen Esmeray and Michael Klaser
  • 2013 - Huapei Wang, Julie Criscione
  • 2012 - Helen Janiszewski
  • 2011 - Morgan Schaller

The William & Grace Sparks Graduate Student Research Award, established by Bill Sparks (RC’65) and his wife Grace, is given to a US graduate student in their 2nd or 3rd year, in recognition of excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students. For 2018, three $1000 stipend are awarded.

  • 2018 - Melissa Boyd, Luca Podrecca, Siyao (Mark) Yu
  • 2017 - Cesar Sequeira
  • 2016 - Jacob Setera and Christopher Johnson
  • 2015 - Mattathias Needle
  • 2014  - Catherine Beck
  • 2013 - Selen Esmerey, Margo Ferencz and Chris Lombardi
  • 2012 - Linda Martin and Chris Vidito

The William & Grace Sparks Undergraduate Field/Travel Award, established by Bill Sparks (RC’65) and his wife Grace, is given to an undergraduate student to help offset the costs to attend a geology field camp, a requirement for the undergraduate major in Geological Sciences. This year eight $1000 travel awards are given, consisting of RT airfare plus $525 ea for travel expenses.

  • 2018 - Amy Bottge, Kyle Cusak, Orion Farr, Michael DeBonis, Stephen Elkington, Path Patel, Sebastian Sotomayor, and Trevor Tibbrine.

The George O. Scott Scholarship was established by family and friends of George O. Scott (RC’52) in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement by an undergraduate major in geological sciences for support of undergraduate student field study. For 2018, two $1500 field stipends are awarded for use toward attending geology summer field camp.

  • 2018 - Riya Swathwara and Julie Fircha
  • 2017 - Sean Stevenson, Janine Hlavaty
  • 2016 - Peter Skryzalin
  • 2015 - Beverly Chiu, Laura Sammon, Colleen Walsh
  • 2014 - Michael Klaser
  • 2013 - Ben Dunham and Sean Kinney
  • 2012 - Sean Harrison, Julie Criscione, Alyssa Karis
  • 2011 - Helen Janiszewski
  • 2010 - Roni Baluyot, Alex Fiore, Adam Graham

The Larry and Norma Gordon Award, established by Larry Gordon (RC’54) and his wife Norma to help support undergraduate field study and defray expenses for participation in geology field camp studies, is awarded based on scholastic achievement in the major and successful acceptance to an accredited field camp. For 2018, a $600 stipend is awarded.

  • 2018 - Tiffany Otai
  • 2017 - Robert Brown
  • 2016 - Thi Quan Pham
  • 2015 - Andrea Servalli
  • 2014 - Anna Gravina
  • 2013 - Jennnifer Geoghegan
  • 2012 - James Haddad
  • 2011 - Karesse Lockard
  • 2010 - Lee Tisler

The George Rowe Award for Research in Mineralogy helps support student research in mineralogy and petrology. George Rowe, “Mine Captain” at the Franklin Mine from 1906 until 1934, amassed a 2400 mineral specimen collection, which he donated to Rutgers University. Part of the collection is currently on display in the Geology Museum. For 2018, an award of $600 is given towards the recipient’s research.

  • 2018 - Aiden Taylor
  • 2017 - Jake Setera
  • 2016 - Shannon Boyle 
  • 2015 - Laura Sammon
  • 2014 - Rodrigo Jordy and Andrea Servali
  • 2013 - Chris Vidito and Jennifer Geoghegan
  • 2012 - Zoltan Vaci
  • 2011 - none awarded
  • 2010 - Chris Vidito

The George Cook Award is given to an advanced student in recognition of outstanding service to the department. Prof. George H. Cook was State Geologist of New Jersey from 1864 to 1889, and head of Rutgers Geology from 1853 until his death in 1889. For 2018, two stipends of $500 are awarded.

  • 2018 - Stephen Elkington and Trevor Tibbrine
  • 2017 - Sean Stevenson
  • 2016 - Sean Stevenson
  • 2015  - Michael Klaser
  • 2014 - James (JN) Stanley
  • 2013 - Carlos Carvajal and Corey Hlavati
  • 2012 - Billy Pileski, Poorna Srinivasan, Sarah Klinger
  • 2011 - Linda Martin and Jason Pollack

Steven K. Fox Awards are given to undergraduate Geological Sciences majors based on scholastic achievement and successful acceptance into a geology field school program. Award funds are donated by friends and alumni, in honor and fond memory of Steve Fox, to help offset the cost of summer geology field school. This year three awards of $1000 each are given.

  • 2018 - Tiffany Otai, Morris Peshtani, and John Allogio
  • 2017 - Robert Brown, Natalie Fiorino, David Vella Brain Viggiano 
  • 2016 - Thi Quan Pham, Yiran Li, Virginia Agostinelli, Lois Merritt, Austin Griffin, Peter Melillo, Ria Sarkar
  • 2015 - Jack Bewlay, Connor Franc, Devin Gendron, Andrea Servalli, Ben Sweeney, Katarina Seymour, Matthew Peterson
  • 2014 - Anna Gravina, Lily Serach, Samantha Berger
  • 2013 - Lily Serach, Eric Clementelli, Bill Reilly
  • 2012 - Elizabeth Miller, Carlos Carvajal, Sarah Klingler, Nicholas Tedeschi, and Zoltan Vaci
  • 2011 - Karesse Lockard, Poorna Srinivasan, Rami Abousleiman, Kimberly Scarano, Melissa Boyd, Ruby Tumasz
  • 2010 - Garrick Budrow,  Justin Locus, Michael Lovich

The EPS Geology Field Camp Travel Award is given to a Geological Sciences major to help offset travel expenses to attend a summer geology field camp, a requirement of the major. For 2016, three $500 stipends are awarded.

  • 2018 - no awards given
  • 2017 - no awards given
  • 2016 - Suraj Patel, Ian Snyder, Ben Kraun
  • 2015 - Andonio Dimeglio, Josie Horowitz, Nicole Malerba, Astha Rao
  • 2014 - Stephen Graham, Michael Farzaneh, Matthew Miller, Matthew Smolenski
  • 2013 - Anna Butler, Justin Fagan, Ben Schubert
  • 2012 - Robert Miller, Corie Hlavaty, Peter Lordan, Ben Schubert, and Andrea Waxman
  • 2011 - Jason Pollack, Ali Fayard, William Pilesky, Tsakon Mattheos, David Riehlman

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* Recipients of the Vinton Gwinn Award, 1972-present *

  • 2018 - Kyle Cusack, and Julie Fircha
  • 2017 - Yiran Li, Jill Park and Thi Quan Pham
  • 2016 - Peter Skryzalin and Kaitlin McCloskey
  • 2015 - Michael Farzaneh, Micheal Klaser, Laura Sammon
  • 2014 - Beverly Chiu
  • 2013 - Sean Kinney; Alyssa Karis; Benjamin Dunham
  • 2012 - Poorna Srinivasan; Julia Criscione
  • 2011 - Helen Janiszewski
  • 2010 - Lisa Seunarine
  • 2009 - Alexandra Cotet
  • 2008 - Erick F. Geiger
  • 2007 - no award given
  • 2006 - Emily E. Bjonnes
  • 2005 - no award given
  • 2004 - Kathryn Rose; Lauren Neitzke
  • 2003 - Kyle Kingman
  • 2002 - Amber Granger
  • 2001 - no award given
  • 2000 - John C. Hernandez; Samantha Manburg
  • 1999 - Jamie Whitlock
  • 1998 - Robyn Berner; Keith Metzger
  • 1997 - no award given
  • 1996 - Steven Remer; John Metzger
  • 1995 - Scott Young
  • 1994 - no award given
  • 1993 - no award given
  • 1992 - Jeffrey S. Oslick
  • 1991 - Brian Jones
  • 1990 - Christine Troskosky; Craig Padover
  • 1989 - no award given
  • 1988 - no award given
  • 1987 - no award given
  • 1986 - David J. Bell; Andrew N. Brower
  • 1985 - no award given
  • 1984 - Mickey C. Van Fossen
  • 1983 - Carl Varteresian
  • 1982 - Robert A. Koslosky
  • 1981 - Patrick M. Radomsky
  • 1980 - Charles E. Savrda
  • 1979 - no award given
  • 1978 - Kenneth G. Miller
  • 1977 - Steven Boljen
  • 1976 - Michael P. Smith; Matthew Golombek
  • 1975 - Lawrance Zarra
  • 1974 - Anthony Moherek
  • 1973 - Douglas Jones; Stephen Huebner
  • 1972 - Douglas Oliver

Congratulations to EPS undergraduate student Poorna Srinivasan who has received a research grant from the Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates (ARC) for her study looking at Fe and silicates in Howardite meteorites... considered to have come from the asteroid 4-Vesta. Poorna is analyzing the meteorites using standard petrographic microscope and electron microprobe techniques. Dr. Jerry Delaney is advising.

Congratulations to graduate student Linda Martin who has been awarded the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division of the Geological Society of America, 2011 Arthur D. Howard Award for her proposal "Paleoenvironment reconstruction of Pleistocene to Holocene beds near Eliye Springs, with correlation to early Homo sapiens sites, west Turkana, Kenya. The award amount is $2500 and a plaque will be presented in person during the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division award ceremony during the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 9-12 October, 2011.

Congratulations to Sara Mana who presented and successfully defended her PhD dissertation proposal today (Aug. 17th) entitled "Magmatic Evolution and Rift Initiation in the North Tanzania Divergence Zone, East African Rift System". Sara also presented the results of a portion of her study on the Geochronology and Geochemistry of the Essimingor Volcano that will shortly be submitted to EPSL. Advisor and Committee: Carl Swisher, Michael Carr, Mark Feigenson, Tanya Furman (Penn State). Sara has completed her coursework, passed her Qualifying Exam, and will now be petitioning GSNB to advance to candidacy. Congratulations Sara !

Congratulations to Alex Nikulin who presented and successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation "Sustaining Volcanism in Central Kamchatka" (Advisor / committee; Vadim Levin, Claude Herzberg, Michael Carr, Margaret Benoit). Starting this Fall, Alex will be the Macaulay Honors College Visiting Assistant Professor for 2011-2012 at Queens College, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, NY, and will be keeping a presence here in the department, continuing on with his research with Vadim, Mike and Claude.

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