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Honors and Awards

Undergraduate Honors

A variety of honors are bestowed on students by the Geology Department in recognition of excellence in coursework and research. The first of such awards is made to the geology student with the most outstanding performance in the Introduction to Earth System Science class: the David Bucke Award. In subsequent years, excellence in research is rewarded by the Hawley, Mudge and Pieratti Awards. At the culmination of a student’s academic career, the geology faculty award the Doll Award to the most outstanding geology graduate. Students additionally have the opportunity to join the Geology Honor Society. Admission to this is grade-contingent. The list of recipients of these past awards includes the names of many current outstanding professional geologists.

Arthur J. and Claire Heiser Joseph B. Tinker Memorial Grant

Thanks to a generous donation from Arthur J. and Claire Heiser the UVM Geology Department bestows the annual Arthur J. and Claire Heiser Joseph B. Tinker Memorial Grant to a deserving undergraduate geology major. The award, established in 2008, is an approximately $1,000 scholarship to be applied towards UVM tuition. Recipients have demonstrated both excellence in academic performance, and activity in the UVM Geology Department community. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, the GeoClub, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Departmental work study, TAAs, independent research, and Perkins Museum guide.

2013 Tinker Memorial Grant winner: Molly Conroy

Previous Tinker Memorial Grant Recipients:

2008 Rebecca Hammer-Lester

2009 Graham Hagen-Peter

2010 Maggie McMillan

2011 Matthew Sweeney

2012 Abigail Ruksznis

 
Sigma Gamma Epsilon, UVM Chapter of SGE is Eta Kappa

Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the national Geology honor society, was established in 1915 to recognize scholarship and professionalism in the Earth sciences. Its objectives include scholastic, scientific and professional advancement of its members and the extension of relations of friendship and assistance among colleges and universities which are devoted to the advancement of the Earth Sciences. The general average required for admission to Sigma Gamma Epsilon is a minimum overall average of 2.67 (out of 4.00). A 3.00 grade point is the minimum requirement for all courses in the Earth Sciences.

Sigma Gamma Epsilon Inductees 2013: *Senior

  • Julija Cubins
  • Anne Gombosi
  • Anthony Haigh *
  • Danielle Hill
  • Tyler Mogk
  • Elizabeth Olliver *
  • Abigail Ruksznis *
  • Henry Schmid *
  • Christina Marie Strathearn
  • Jeffrey Tinklepaugh *
  • Eric Weber *

Senior Sigma Gamma Epsilon Inductees 2012: *Senior

  • Sarah Coon *
  • Sandra Cronauer *
  • Jacob Menken *
  • Elizabeth Ann Olliver
  • Emily Siegel *

Senior Sigma Gamma Epsilon Inductees 2011: No recipients

Senior Sigma Gamma Epsilon Inductees 2010: *Senior

  • Sarah Coon
  • Sandra Cronauer
  • Elysia Anne Korbet *
  • Gregory Parrish *
  • Michael Patrick Tobin *

Senior Sigma Gamma Epsilon Inductees 2009: *Senior

  • Robert David Charnock *
  • Edward Greiner *
  • Rebecca Hammer-Lester *
  • Gary E. Peters
  • Angel Marissa Saccente *
  • Kirsten Elise Stokes *
  • Michael Patrick Tobin
Charles G. Doll Award

The Charles Doll Award is given to the most outstanding graduating senior in geology. Charles Doll was the state geologist and he began teaching full-time at UVM in 1927. He was chairman of the department of geology from 1946 until his retirement in 1964. He also produced the first state bedrock geologic map. The selection criteria for the Doll Award is based on a combination of overall grade point average, grade point average in geology, undergraduate research and service to the department. The department faculty makes the selection of the Doll winner during the spring semester. The recipient of this award receives a gift and their name is engraved on a plaque that hangs in the department seminar room. The list of Doll Award winners is a distinguished one and includes individuals who have gone on to significant professional achievements.

2013 Charles Doll Award winner: Abigail Ruksznis

Previous Charles G. Doll Award Recipients:

2012
Sandra Cronauer
2011
Maggie McMillan and Laura Wilson
2010
Granam Hagen-Peter and Hal Earle
2009
Robbie Charnock
2008
Karen Derman and Maartje Melchiors
2007
Lydia G. Smith, Robert K. Zimmermann
2006
no recipient
2005
Andrew Duling
2004
Leila Pascale
2003
Alysa Snyder
2002
Lyman Persico
2001
Andrew McKinney
2000
Sarah Fuller
1999
Simon Rupard
1998
Brad Rosenheim
1997
Tanya Unger
1996
Jeremy Hourigan
1995
Kristine Bryan
1994
no recipient
1993
Kristan Doolan
1992
Matt Robinson
1991
Del Martin
1990
Jesse P. Hunt
1989
Thomas X. Homzo
1988
no recipient
1987
Kevin A. Silva
1986
M. Alisa Borre
1984
Becky Dorsey
The David Bucke Award for Excellence in Introductory Geology

The David Bucke Award is given to the student with the highest grade point average in the Introductory Geology class. The award is named after Dave Bucke, who devoted his career at UVM to the "intro" class. The recipient receives a set of geology field gear (hammer, compass, hand lens, field notebook) and their name is engraved on a plaque that hangs in the Department Seminar room.

2013 Bucke Award winner: Kaitlyn Vitez

Previous David Bucke Award Recipients

2000
Benjamin Cichanowski
2001-2002
no recipient
2003
Robert Zimmermann
2004
Jessica Kuonen and Andy Boyle
2005
no recipient
2006
Rebecca Hammer-Lester
2007-2008
no recipients
2009
Amanda Northrop
2010
Abigail O'Donnell and Sandra Cronauer
2011
Douglas MacLeod and Travis Dawson
2012
Derek Vines
 
The Hawley Award

The Hawley Award is given to current UVM geology majors, minors and environmental science geology concentrators who seek funds to undertake research with the approval of a faculty mentor and the Department Chair. The award is named after a distinguished stratigrapher and sedimentologist who conducted research in, and became a Vermont resident upon his retirement from the petroleum industry.

2013 Hawley Award winner: Eric Weber

Previous Hawley Award Recipients

1990
Sarah McFeeters, Donna Gerace
1991
Audra Brown, Lindsay Gannon
1992
Kristan Doolan
1994
Kristine Bryan
1995
Erin Golec, Parker Hackett
1996
Christopher Valin, Ethan Escowitz, David Shaw, Tanya Unger
1998
Joya Tetreault, Darrin Santos, Megan Duni, Matt Mudge, Jim Parker, Jeremy Malczyk
1999
Megan Duni, Brad Rosenheim, Krista Polley, Megan Hoffeller, John Crockett, Erin Taylor, Dan Eurich, Meg Modley, Sarah Fuller, Patrick Keane
2000
Ian Hodgdon, Laura Troeger, Lyman Persico, Dale Walker, Andrew Bosley, Andrew McKinney
2001
Ben Cichanowski, Paul Meilillo, Alyssa Snyder, Nathan Toke
2002
Megan McGee, Keith Musselman, Nathan Toke
2003
Deborah Shulman, Serena Hollmeyer, Maria Hayes
2004
Elizabeth Mann, Robert Zimmermann
2005
Danielle Eastman, Kristin Katoski, Tristan Hansell, Aaron Hartman, Sean Leavitt, Robert Zimmermann
2006
Grace Cameron, Jessica Kuonen, Molly Ogden, Lydia Smith
2007
Karen Derman, Maartje Melchiors
2008
Ian Donovan, Marissa Saccente, Christy Leonard, Edward Greiner
2009 
Hal Earle, Sam Schultz, Kirsten Stokes
2010
Coleman Adams, Alyssa Findlay, Rachel Gregory, Donald Hefferon, Maggie McMillan, Laura Wilson
2011
Sandra Cronauer, Amanda Northrop
2012
Douglas MacLeod, Elizabeth Olliver, Jeffrey Tinklepaugh, Eric Weber
Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) Undergraduate Prize:

The program recognizes outstanding students who have shown an interest and ability in the discipline of mineralogy. Each student was cited by his or her department for outstanding achievement in mineralogy-related courses. The MSA Prize allows MSA to join with the individual faculty to formally recognize outstanding students. Each student is presented a certificate at an awards ceremony at his or her university or college. In addition, each recipient receives a student membership in MSA with access to the electronic version of American Mineralogist, and a Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry or Monograph volume chosen by the sponsor, student, or both.

Presented for the first time in 2012 by the UVM Geology Department, since the MSA Undergraduate Prize 1985 inception, for a student’s excellent performance in the course Earth Materials. Recipient also received a letter of congratulations signed by MSA President, and UVM Professor of Geology, John M. Hughes.

2012 First UVM recipient: Maxwell Nottke

 

The Mudge Award

The Mudge Award, established to support undergraduate research in the Geology Department, is given to current UVM geology majors, minors and environmental science geology concentrators who seek funds to undertake research with the approval of a faculty mentor and the Department Chair. The family of recent UVM geology alumnus Matt Mudge donates funds for the award.

2013 Mudge Award winners: Abigai Ruksznis and Elizabeth Olliver

Previous Mudge Award Recipients

2000
Angela Conlan, Laura Troeger
2001
Dayna Adelman
2002
Richard Morse, Ashley Desmond
2003
Greg Van Gilder
2004
Sean Leavitt, Paul Montane
2005
no recipient
2006
Zach Swander, Jed Greenberg
2007
Rachel Lomonaco, Maartje Melchiors
2008
Robbie Charnock
2009
no recipient
2010
Michael Ingram
2011
Maggie McMillan
2012
Emily Aldrich, Catherine Jenkins, Taylor Kravits, Elizabeth Olliver, Abigail Ruksznis
 
The Pieratti Award

The Pieratti Award is made to undergraduates seeking financial support for summer field studies. The award may be applied to expenses for attending a formal field camp or for expenses related to field experiences arranged between a student and faculty sponsor. Funds for the award are provided by Ms. Denise Pieratti, an alumna of the UVM Geology Department (MS, 1976).

2013: No recipient

Previous Pieratti Award Recipients

2000
Laura Troeger
2001
no recipient
2002
Alysa Snyder, Christyanne Melendez
2003
no recipient
2004
Rachel Lomonaco
2005-2007
no recipients
2008
Christina Leonard, Rebecca Hammer Lester
2009-2011
no recipients
2012
Samuel Hellman

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