Geoscience Students Win Research Awards

Posted on 4/16/2015 9:09:53 AM

Geoscience students presented their research during Research Appreciation Week 2015 at IUP as well as at the Pittsburgh Geological Society student night. 

Two of the main IUP events during this time were the Women in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Program (WMST) and the Undergraduate Scholars Forum (USF). Eighteen Geoscience students presented their independent research, with four students winning awards.

  • Megan Barlow won third place for Best Presentation at the WMST Program for her work with Nick Deardorff titled “Crystal Size Distribution on Submarine Lava Flows at NW Rota-1, Mariana Arc.”
  • Leslie McConnell won the WMST Program Best Computational Science Poster for her work with Karen Rose Cercone titled “A Comparative Study of Brine-Injection Induced Earthquakes.”
  • Danielle Lewis (geoscience minor) won first place Dean’s Award for Excellence at the USF for her work with Steve Hovan titled “Silent Seas: Exploration of Land Usage along Mississippi River and the Correlation to Growing Hypoxic Areas in the Gulf of Mexico.”
  • Jeremiah Thomas won second place Dean’s Award for Excellence at the USF for his work with John Taylor titled “Paleontology and Geology of the Ore Hill Member of the Upper Cambrian Gatesburg Formation in Centre County, Pennsylvania.”

There was a video produced about the IUP Undergraduate Scholars Forum, and Geoscience student Troy Berkey can be seen talking about his research on lava flow mapping in Oregon. Check him out at minute 3:38!

Graduating senior Matthew Magill also won second place for his poster presentation research titled “Kinematic Indicators of Shear and the Role of Volcanic Pressurization at the Heart Mountain Detachment” at the Pittsburgh Geological Society Student Night.

Congratulation to all of our students that presented at these events—you represented our department extremely well.