Awards

Congratuations to Ken Pierce who will be honored for his contributions to the scientific understanding of the Greater Yellowstone region during a joint meeting of the Rocky Mountain and Cordilleran section fo Geological society of America, May 19-21 at the Strand Union Building. To read more click here.


Congratulations to Lauren Thomas an Earth Sciences graduate student who was selected to participate in RECS: The Research Experience in Carbon Sequestration Program is an intensive 10-day research program hosted in Birmingham, Alabama.  Participants will receive classroom instruction from world-class experts in the field of Carbon Capture and Storage.  We will also participate in group exercises and visit local CCS test sites.


L&S faculty, staff and students receive college's top awards on April 24

Melanie Baldwin, Department of Earth Sciences will be honored with the Kathy Griffith Employee Excellence Award. Big congratulations to Melanie for her hard work and dedication to the department. Read More.


Two Students in the Earth Sciences Department recognized in the 2014 Student of Achievment Awards.These are students who promote diversity and equality, demonstrate strong leadership abilities, and serve as exemplary role models for their peers.  This year’s recipients are:

Dominique David-Chavez
, Earth Sciences with a minor in Native American Studies
Sarah Foster, Civil Engineering (Bio-Resources Focus) and Earth Sciences Snow Science Mechanics


Horner wins lifetime achievement award from Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

Montana State University paleontologist Jack Horner has won the highest honor given by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Read the full story here.


Congratulations to Ali White She has been awarded a 1500.00 grant from Mazama on her research on Ecosystem response to climate change and Fire in Southwestern Oregon during the Holocen Era.http://www.mazamas.org/


Congratulations to Travis Corthouts on receiving a grant from Mazama this year. Travis's research grant was for his research on the Deformational history of the Qomolangma Formation and Yellow Band, Mount Everest, Nepal


MAGIP Congratulates Montana State University Poster Winners
On April 12, 2013, MAGIP presented awards and cash prizes to outstanding geospatial posters at the Eighth Annual MSU Earth Sciences Department Colloquium.  The Colloquium promotes the Earth Sciences Department and showcased the research of students on a local stage, in front of peers, faculty and sponsors. The Annual Colloquium provides an opportunity for undergraduate, Masters of Science, and Doctoral students to display the results of their research and hone their written, oral, and poster presentation skills. 

This year Carrie Shockley and Allen Armstrong, from the MAGIP Board of Directors, represented the MAGIP organization, judged the excellent posters, and presented the awards during the dinner banquet.

MAGIP would like to congratulate the following winners:

First Place
Certificate, Paid Registration to a MAGIP Event, 1-Year MAGIP Student Membership
$100 Prize
Elevated Uranium and Lead in wells on the Crow Reservation, Big Horn County – a potential problem (Anita L. Moore-Nall)

Second Place
Certificate, 1-Year MAGIP Student Membership
$50 Prize
Indigenous Earth Science Knowledge of the Gallatin Valley Headwaters Rivers Inherent in Native Place Names (Dominique M. David)

Third Place
Certificate, 1-Year MAGIP Student Membership
$25 Prize
Hydrothermal Characteristics of a Fault/Fracture System in the Western Big Snowy Arch, Montana (Sarah R. Jeffrey)

Honorable Mentions
Structural Geology of the North-Half of the Swift Reservoir Culmination, Northern Sawtooth Range, Montana (Daniel L. Ross)

Mixing following assimilation-fractional crystallization at Cerro Uturuncu, Andean Central Volcanic Zone, SW Bolivia as revealed from in situ laser ablation isotopic analysis of plagioclase (Gary S. Michelfelder)

Understanding Trends in Snow Accumulation, Water Availability and Climate Change using Snow Telemetry and Streamflow Observations in the Missouri River Headwaters (Tom Matthews)

The Effect of Physiographic Parameters on the Spatial Distribution of Snow Water Equivalent in Mountainous Terrain (Karl Wetlaufer)

All posters were invited to present at the upcoming MAGIP Spring Meeting in Miles City.


Congratulations to Anita Moore- Nall for earning the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Native American Graduate Fellowship for the 3rd year in a row as a Ph.D. student. This award is worth $10,000.00 and a tuition waiver. Congratulations Anita!


Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research/Creativity Mentoring
Maire O'Neill, architecture, and David Varricchio, Earth sciences, have won the Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research/Creativity Mentoring awards. Each receives a $2,000 honorarium.
Varricchio has a sustained and successful record of mentoring students, providing both field and lab paleontology research opportunities. He has made student research central to all of his classes, as well as his own research. To provide opportunities for student research engagement, Varricchio has made student participation in his grants a significant factor. He is the recipient of an NSF Career Award, which included as a major component an educational plan for extensive student participation. Varricchio has also co-authored a number of refereed journal articles with students, guided student presentations at national and international venues, and mentors students formally and informally.

President's Excellence in Teaching Awards
Florence Dunkel, plant sciences and pathology; Christina Hayes, mathematical sciences; and David Lageson, Earth sciences, were awarded the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award. Each will receive a $2,500 honorarium.
 Lageson has been called a force of nature and a great ambassador for MSU and the Department of Earth Sciences. Even after 32 years at MSU, he continues to inspire students with his infectious enthusiasm for geology and ongoing excellence. Since his best learning experiences have always been in the field, his career-long goal is to expose his students to those same opportunities. Even indoors, he has gained recognition for his dynamic lectures, his innovative curricular development and his sustained commitment to outreach. His lifelong commitment to education was demonstrated again this past year when he incorporated numerous learning activities with a trip to Mount Everest. 

Provost's Excellence in Outreach Award
David Bertelsen, Extension agent for Wibaux County, and David Lageson, geology/Earth sciences, were selected as the 2013 recipients of MSU's Provost's Excellence in Outreach Award. Each receives a $2,000 honorarium.
Lageson has made a lifetime commitment to outreach, but he literally took that commitment to new heights when he joined a 2012 educational expedition to Mount Everest. As its chief scientist, he helped develop and implement an extensive education and outreach program that inspired students, teachers and the general public in Montana and around the world. He also wrote a chapter on the geology of Mount Everest for a new National Geographic book. Lageson's chapter explains the origin of Mount Everest and the tectonic evolution of the Himalayas. Lageson also organized National Geographic's "Young Explorers" program to help develop the next generation of explorer/journalists.


Phi Kappa Phi Award
Bill Wyckoff and Linda Young won the Anna K. Fridley Distinguished Teaching Award given by the Phi Kappa Phi honorary, sharing a $1,500 cash award.
Wyckoff has taught at MSU for 26 years and has earned high praise from his colleagues and students for his enthusiasm, energy, knowledge and compassion. He is praised for his mentoring of both undergraduate and graduate students. "He always has an open door," one student writes, "and I see students taking advantage of this daily." Colleagues praise him for his ability to bring his research into the classroom and to keep students informed about ways to think about changes in the cultural landscape.


An outstanding congratulations to Cathy Whitlock, professor of earth sciences and MSU director of the Institute on Ecosystems, was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This leading scientific organization advances science around the world and across all disciplines. Read More...


Congratulations to Dominique David, undergraduate student in Earth Sciences. She has been awarded the Montana Space Grant Consortiums full-year Space Grant Fellowship. This honor reflects the student's past achievements as well as present and future commitment to the aerospace sciences and engineering. Ms. David joins an elite group of approximately 1,900 Space Grant Scholars and Fellows nationwide.


Congratulations again to Ken Pierce, who has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 GSA QG&G Division Distinguished Career Award.The award will be bestowed at the division awards ceremony to be held on Tuesday, November 6 at the annual meeting in Charlotte, NC.  As the recipient, Ken will also be entitled to present an extended lecture. .  As the recipient, he will also receive a cash award of $1000.
Again, congratulations on a stellar career worthy of this award. To read more click here.


Congratulations to Ken Pierce who has received the 2011 American Quaternary Association Distinguished Career Award. The award recognizes a Quaternary Scientist who has contributed significantly & continuously to the advancement of the North American Quaternary science in any discipline. The award is the highest one made by AMQUA and truely honors someone with a lifetime commitment to Quaternary science. Congratulations Ken! To read more click here.


Congratulations to Melanie Baldwin who was awarded the Pure Gold Award on December 8th, 2011. She was presented with her award at a reception on December 14, 2011 at President Waded Cruzado's house. Thank you for all you do Mel!


Congratulations to Nick Atwood for being awarded the 2010 Big Sky scholar- athlete of the year. He recently received the award for his undergraduate academic performance while a member of the MSU track team.  Nick's other achievements include his current MS graduate work in Italy and his internship at BHP-Billiton. His contributions to the department also include rejuvenating the AAPG student chapter in our department. Way to go Nick.


Congratulations to Martin Larsen Ph.Dc who has was an award-winner at the 2011 RMS/CORD meeting in Logan. Nice work Mort!


Congratulations to Dr. David Mogk who has been recognized by the International Association of GeoChemisity (IAGC) for his outstandng scientific accopmplishments in a particular area of geochemistry. He will be recognized in the IAGC newsletter and IAGC website. The award will be announced in an upcoming issure of Elements.


Big congratulations to Dr. David Mogk for being awarded the SPORE: Science Prize For Online Resources In Education.  Read more about it here!


Dr. Todd Feeley is the 2010 recipient of the Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence.