Graduate student Shane Schinagel has been awarded a scholarship from the Alaska Geological Survey. This award comes jointly from the AGS and the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists to congratulate Shane on his academic achievements, the quality of his project, and his enthusiasm and to promote his future career in earth science. Shane is supervised by Dr. Diane Doser.
Kameron Ortiz and Joel Castro were accepted into the AfricaArray Summer Program in South Africa this summer. Kameron and Joel will attend a geophysics field class through Witwatersrand University. The AfricaArray geophysics field course is designed to provide physics, math, engineering and geoscience students from minority-serving institutions with exposure to geophysics field methods, modeling techniques, and career opportunities. Students taking this course will become familiar with field and modeling methods commonly used in hydrocarbon, mineral and water exploration, as well as in basic Earth Science research.
The course is part of the Summer Research Opportunities Programme at Penn State, and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Penn State. More information at http://www.africaarray.psu.edu/academics/field_school.asp.
Joe Collins, a UTEP PhD student in Geological Sciences has received the national award of the prestigious Jonathan O. Davis Scholarship in Quaternary Sciences from the Desert Research Institute. The national scholarship, administered by the Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences of the Desert Research Institute, is open to graduate students enrolled in an M.S. or Ph.D. program at any university in the United States whose research is focused in Quaternary geology, with a substantial portion of the research dedicated to research concerning the Great Basin.
More on the scholarship and how to apply at http://www.dri.edu/graduate-scholarships/189-jod-scholarship.
University of Texas at El Paso alumnus James Cearley and his wife, Susan, pledged a gift of $1 million toward the Geological Science Department's new initiative, the Center for Entrepreneurial Geosciences.