Congratulations to all of our 2023 Undergraduate Student Award recipients! The department of Earth and Planetary Science is celebrating its many talented students. We are super proud of all of their accomplishments, and are excited to announce this year’s award winners.
Students Bryce Troncone, Micheal di Maio, and Journey Berry have been awarded the Vinton Gwinn scholarship for their outstanding research. Bryce’s research focuses on exoplanets. Micheal’s research studying the isotope geochemistry of magnetite deposits in the New Jersey highlands has provided great insight into the development of the deposits’ formations. Journey’s research on glacial lakes in Alaska has proven her constant hard work as she continues to discover her passions in geological science.
Lakshman Prabhakar has been awarded the George Rowe Award for his independent research project under Dr. Ben Black. Lakshman’s impressive work investigates the petrology of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province basalts, developing novel independent constraints on pre-eruptive water concentrations in the magmas. His research could carry important implications for the magma storage and eruption in this region.
The George Cook Award was presented to Julianna Cannato to recognize her consistent work with the RUGeo club. This club studies drone footage of various geological sites, putting together comprehensive images of rock formations and deposits for geological analyses. Julianna has formed a community within the geology department by organizing many events for students and faculty to attend. We want to commemorate her willingness to help others across the department.
Mike Pinnella has been awarded the EPS Chairs Award for his willingness to go above and beyond. Mike is always the first to volunteer in any departmental events. We all know we can depend on Mike whenever we need a helping hand, which is why Departmental Chair Dr. Jim Wright has presented him with this award.
Jason Kawalec has been honored for completing his senior honors thesis focusing on creating 3D models and high-res digital maps of volcanic features in Costa Rica under Dr. Adamo. Jason earned the Henry Rutgers Scholar award for his thesis, as well as the Paul Robeson award for completing thesis.
Multiple students have also been honored with field camp scholarships to contribute to their field research in the upcoming months. The George O’Scott Scholarship has been presented to Caitlin La Duca. This scholarship will go towards Caitlin’s upcoming field camp experience at the State Field Camp in Montana. Bryan Lee has been awarded the Larry and Norma Gordon Award to go towards his research experience at Salem State Field Camp in Montana. The William and Grace Sparks Undergraduate Field/Travel Award has been presented to Julianna Cannato, who will be attending the Salem State Field Camp in Montana. Robert Witkowski and Peter Bellocq have been awarded the Steven K. Fox Award, and they will also both be attending the Salem State Field Camp in Montana.