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Student Awards

The following awards are presented to students at the annual Dorr Dinner which takes place in Winter term of each academic year.

Undergraduate Student Awards


Award for Academic Excellence in EES

To be given to a Junior in Geology before their final year of coursework. The award will be based on GPA and rigor of coursework.

Department Award for Academic Excellence
2023  Makayla Ward, Flora Luo
2022  Helena Nistchky
2021  Jonathan Hoffman, Claire Zwiers
2020  Anastasia Alexandrova, Olivia Mathiesen
2019  Kristen Hayden
2018  Sirawich Pipatprathanporn, Serena Scholz
2017  Charlotte Connop
2016  Molly Moroz
2015  Jesse Fenno
2014  Kevin Roback, Alex Thompson
2013  Peter Chutcharavan
2012  Megan Mueller
2011  Keegan Melstrom
2010  Alistair Hayden
2009  Alexander Costakis


Camp Davis Field Studies Award

To the student with the highest letter grade in the Advanced Field Geology course at Camp Davis. In the event of a tie, the winner will be decided by a vote of all the course instructors.

Camp Davis Field Geologist Award
2023  Esmee Kuiper, Raj Gautam, Makayla Ward
2022  Forest Clark, Reid Harris, Olivia Mathiesen
2021  Lindsey Lammlin, Elizabeth Ratajczyk, Ryan Foley
2020  Lydia Pinkham, Ellie Simon, Eden Blutstein
2019  Bianca Gallina, Lily Matlof
2018  Williiam Arnuk, Isabel Engelhart, Ryan Horwitz, Ian Vamossy
2017  Michael Radke, Katherine Swager, Alex Dworman, Raquel Goosey 
2016  Jeffrey Bennett, Sarah Washabaugh, Ryan Graham
2015  Ryan Gabelman
2014  Chris Whalen
2013  Megan Mueller
2012  Zachary Calamari
2011  Evin Maguire
2010  Luke Pettinga
2009  David Azzolini
2008  Megan Tuura
2007  Karen Kimm
2006  Kory Pund
2005  Hetaher Wittington
2004  Erin DiMaggio
2003  David Whipp
2002  Emily Johnson
2001  Douglas Boyer


Alumni Undergraduate Award

To a junior or senior nominated by the Faculty or GeoClub who displays a high level of involvement and commitment to the intellectual life of the department. 

Alumni Undergraduate Award
2023  Namitha Kumar
2022  Helena Nistchky
2021  Hannah Bartlett, Claire Zwiers
2020  Lydia Pinkham
2019  Bianca Gallina
2018  Drake Yarian
2017  Megan Hendrick
2016  Jess Hicks
2015  Aaron Kurz
2014  Anna Clinger
2013  Tess Nugent
2012  Marissa Gunarsson
2011  Alistair Hayden
2010  Patrick Hastings
2009  Lauren Miller
2008  Eric Portenga, Kelly Umlauf
2007  Sara Worsham
2006  Megan Tuura
2005  Monamie Bhadra
2003  Tanya Shavalia
2002  Tracy Kolb
2001  Douglas Boyer, Demi Spounias


Undergraduate Academic Excellence Award

To be given to a fourth year student who is eligible to graduate in May, with a minimum GPA of 3.5. The award will be based on GPA, rigor of coursework, and participation in independent research within the department.

Undergraduate Academic Excellence Award
2023  Francesca Riley, Teige O'Brien, Amartya Kattemalavadi
2022  Claire Zwiers
2021  Olivia Mathiesen, Trent Stegink
2020  Henry Schnaidt 
2019  Serena Scholz
2018  William Arnuk, Austin Carter
2017  Junjie Dong, Peiyun Zhu
2016  Kevin Roback, Aaron Kurz
2015  Allison Sharrar
2014  Andrea Davila, Madeline Dibble, Chris Whalen
2013  Nathan Kerns
2012  Keegan Melstrom, Sul Gi Ye Park
2011  Mastura Johari, Ka Yan, Semechah Lui
2010  Ellie Ferguson
2009  Jessica Zinger, Mary Peterson
2008  Kelly Umlauf
2007  Jessicas Malone, Megan Tuura
2006  Karen Kimm
2005  Brian Ellis
2004  Lora Armstrong, Emily O'Donnell
2003  Emily Johnson
2002  Douglas Boyer, Demi Spounias
2001  Laura Holladay


Outstanding Minor Award

Given to an undergraduate minor in recognition of their performance in courses, departmental research or both. 

Outstanding Minor Award

 Ben Klein