Geoscience students Erin Johnson, Nicole Lees, and Jillian Mathews were invited
to present their senior research projects at a joint meeting of three
professional societies in Pittsburgh on April 18, 2018. The IUP students swept
three out of the six awards given out by the Pittsburgh Geological Society, the
American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Association of Environmental and
Erin Johnson’s senior project, “Determining Factors Affecting Flow Rate
from Legacy Wells in Indiana, Pennsylvania,” was selected as the best
submission by the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists.
Along with students from Slippery Rock and Kent State universities, she was
asked to give an oral presentation on her research as a talk to a crowd of over 60 professional
geologists and engineers.
Jillian Mathews’ senior project, “Impacts of Urban Environments on
Marsh Run, Indiana County, PA,” was presented as a poster and was selected
for an award by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Nicole Lees’ senior project, “Determining the Paleogeographical Origin of
Allosaurus Fragilis from Within the Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry (Price,
Utah) Using Biogenic Apatite δ18O Values” was also presented as a poster
and was selected for an award by the Pittsburgh Geological Society.
Students from the IUP Geoscience Department have frequently been invited to
present their research at the professional student night event in the past, but
this is the first time that IUP students have won more of the awards than any
other geology program in the tri-state region. Congratulations to our
Photo: Pittsburgh Geological Society 2018 Student Night award winners. Front row, right to left: IUP Students Erin Johnson, Jillian Mathews, and Nicole Lees