Graduate Student Awards

  • Graduate Student Opportunity Award (newly established)
  • Preston Cloud Memorial Awards
  • G.K. Gilbert Award
  • Harry Glicken Memorial Graduate Fellowship
  • The George Tunell Memorial Fellowship
  • Wendell Phillips Woodring Memorial Graduate Fellowship
  • The Lloyd and Mary Edwards Field Studies Fellowship
  • The Richard and Eleanor Migues Field Research Prize
  • The Alumni Graduate Award for Research Excellence
  • Fugro West Award
  • Richard V. Fisher Scholarship in Volcanology
  • Geophysics Award
  • Coast Geological Society Award

 

Global Field Travel Fund (est. 2014)

Given her love of rocks and belief in the educational value of seeing rocks in as many different settings as possible, Emerita Professor Tanya Atwater has created the “Global Field Travel Fund” to support travel by undergraduate Earth Science majors and graduate students to field sites outside of the Southwest US. The fund is intended to support travel to new areas – ones not previously visited by the recipient. Support from the fund can be used to support (1) student(s) assisting on a field project, (2) a scouting trip for a field project, (3) participation in a multi-day, international field trip, or (4) travel by a class to a foreign field site. Note that in the last case, each student who wants support must apply individually. The Global Field Travel Fund should support no more than 50-75% of the cost of a trip, not to exceed $2000.

Recent Recipients
  • 2013-2014: Mary Kate Fidler, Beau Gentry, Demian Nelson, Brenna Quigley

 

Graduate Student Opportunity Award (est. 2013)Ken Macdonald & Rachel Haymond

The Graduate Student Opportunity Award is a newly-funded award debuting in Spring 2013. This award will be used to support the graduate program in Earth Science (including students in the Graduate Program in Marine Science whose home department is Earth Science). The award is meant to be very flexible with the primary goal being strengthening the graduate program. For example, funds could be used for graduate student recruitment, financial support, seed money for grants, etc. Preference will be given to assist in the recruitment and support of the graduate students of junior faculty, i.e., assistant professors. However, flexibility to respond to needs and opportunities is paramount. All decisions will be made by the department's Admissions & Fellowship Committee subject to approval by the Department Chair.

The Graduate Student Opportunity Award would create new opportunities for our brightest students to learn from internationally renowned experts in the field, enhance the prestige of the University, and maintain the meaningful and positive connection between the family of Ken Macdonald and Rachel Haymon with the UCSB campus.

Recent Recipients
  • 2013-2014: Sophie Briggs, Joshua Garber, Demian Nelson
  • 2012-2013: Aaron Bufe, Mary Kate Fidler, and group project by Mary Kate Fidler, Laura Reynolds, Lauren Simkins, Elisabeth Steel.

 

Preston Cloud Memorial AwardsPreston Cloud smiling in the field

Awards from the Preston Cloud Memorial Fund will be used to assist graduate students for first-time attendance at a national or major meeting of a professional organization such as the Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, Association of American Petroleum Geologists, or for a student presenting a talk at such a meeting for the first time. The intention is for one or more awards, minimum $200, to be given each year. No individual shall receive more than one award. The Department Chair may designate a selection committee or may use other mechanisms for determination of each years awardees.

Recent Recipients
  • 2013-2014: Mary Kate Fidler, Daniel Livsey, Tyson McKinney, Allison Price, Lauren Simkins, Elisabeth Steel
  • 2012-2013: Timothy Becker, Michael Stearns, Joseph Stern, Stephani Tsang
  • 2011-2012: Jonathan Harvey, Jaron Lucero, Daniel Luna, Graham Lederer,     Tess Mayall, Jesse Mosolf
  • 2010-2011: Steven Arauza, Jorge Crempien, Stephanie Diaz, Blair Paul, Katherine Spencer, Becky Streit, Tanya Taylor
  • 2009-2010: Monica Erdman, Andrew Rich
  • 2008-2009: Joseph Lalicata, Benjamin Melosh, Jiana ten Brinke
  • 2007-2008: Elizabeth Lovelock, Nicolas Barth, Brianne Catlin, Bryan Murray, G. Burch Fisher, Jessica Thompson, Chris Stubbs
  • 2006-2007: Ben Martin, Jeanette Hagan, Sarah Medley, Garret Bean, Monica Heintz

 

G.K. Gilbert Award

To be awarded annually to the graduate student presenting the best paper based on original research (at the regular weekly meetings of Speakers Club or Earth 260). Among the criteria for the award, the selection committee is encouraged to consider: information content; clear distinction between evidence and conclusions; quality, clarity and relevance of illustrations; that conclusions be reached and be clearly linked to evidence presented; originality; grammar; response to discussion. Selection Committee shall be composed of Department Chair, Graduate Advisor, Instructor of Earth 260 (Chair), Ph.D. Candidate, and a graduating senior. One member shall be a woman; one shall be in, or aiming for concentration in Biogeology. (Whether these are faculty or students is immaterial; it can be same person)

Recent Recipients
  • 2013-2014: Joseph Stern
  • 2012-2013: Timothy Becker, Burch Fisher
  • 2011-2012: John Moore, Amanda Willingham
  • 2010-2011: Joseph Goode
  • 2009-2010: Richard Lease
  • 2008-2009: Jan Schmedes
  • 2007-2008: Emily Peterman, Sarah Fowler, Brian Clarke
  • 2006-2007: Colin Amos, Melissa Eitzel

 

Harry Glicken Memorial Graduate FellowshipHarry Glicken by a lake

The Harry Glicken Award will be made to a graduate student in the Department to further his or her academic development in accordance with the purpose of the Harry Glicken Fund. Preference will be given to students pursuing a Ph.D. in volcanology or fields related to volcanic processes. The underlying objective of the fund is to support the development of high caliber professionals who will pursue research relating to the understanding of volcanic processes. The Selection Committee shall consist of one volcanologist and the Graduate Admissions and Fellowships Committee. The committee will make a recommendation to the Chair of the Department, who will make the final decision

Recent Recipients
  • 2013-2014: Ryan Neilson, Jason Schmidt
  • 2012-2013: Mary Kate Fidler
  • 2011-2012: Graham Hagen-Peter
  • 2010-2011: Jaron Lucero
  • 2009-2010: Jesse Mosolf
  • 2008-2009: Alice Koerner
  • 2007-2008: G. Ben Martin
  • 2006-2007: Jeffrey Creamer

 

The George Tunell Memorial FellowshipGeorge Tunell portrait photo

This fellowship shall be given each year to a graduate student in the Department. The fellowship shall be awarded to such graduate student as may be selected by Department faculty and shall be limited to graduate students with a special interest in Economic Geology (other than the Economic Geology of oil and gas), or in any of the following: Mineralogy, Crystallography, Geochemistry or Petrology. The amount payable to such graduate student out of the income derived from the endowed fund shall be in the discretion of the faculty. In the event the faculty, in its discretion, shall not expend all of the income derived from the endowed fund in a given year, any portion of the annual income not disbursed may be awarded by the faculty pursuant to the terms of this paragraph in any subsequent calendar year. The Selection Committee shall consist of the Graduate Admissions and Fellowships Committee. The committee will make a recommendation to the Chair of the Department, who will make the final decision.

Recent Recipients
  • 2013-2014: Sophie Briggs
  • 2012-2013: Jonathan Harvey
  • 2011-2012: Michael Stearns
  • 2010-2011: Jesse Mosolf
  • 2009-2010: Monica Erdman
  • 2008-2009: Jeffrey Creamer
  • 2007-2008: Sarah Medley
  • 2006-2007: Nicolas Barth

 

Wendell Phillips Woodring Memorial Graduate Fellowship

The W. P. Woodring Memorial Fund at UCSB is established in accord with Dr. Woodring's long and deep interest in the quality of graduate education in geology and paleontology and in recognition of the importance of his own contributions in these areas. It is intended to help meritorious graduate students pursue a graduate degree in any field of the earth sciences encompassed by the department graduate program. This fellowship will be bestowed only on graduate students of exceptional quality. In keeping with Dr. Woodring's own broad and special interests, the Woodring Memorial Fellowship may be granted to graduate students from any field of the earth sciences, except that in cases of equal great merit where one candidate is in biogeology the award shall go to that candidate. The Selection Committee shall consist of one biogeologist and the Graduate Admissions and Fellowships Committee. The committee will make a recommendation to the Chair of the Department, who will make the final decision.

Recent Recipients
  • 2013-2014: Carlye Peterson
  • 2012-2013: Joseph Stern
  • 2011-2012: Leigh Anne Riedman
  • 2010-2011: Dan Luna
  • 2009-2010: Leah Carver
  • 2008-2009: John Moore
  • 2007-2008: Molly Redmond
  • 2006-2007: Frank Kinnaman

 

The Lloyd and Mary Edwards Field Studies Fellowship

The Lloyd and Mary Edwards Field Studies Fellowship in Geological Sciences shall annually support the field studies research of one graduate student in the Department. Recipients of this fellowship shall be known as The Lloyd and Mary Edwards Field Studies Fellows. Once the principal grows over time, the Fund shall annually support the field studies of at least two graduate students. Recipients of the second fellowship shall be known as The Carolyn Edwards Murphy and Christine Edwards Field Studies Fellows in honor of Lloyd and Marys two daughters. As the Fund continues to grow over time, additional fellowships will be awarded at the discretion of the Chair. Awards will be made by a Department faculty committee based on consideration of financial need and academic potential, perhaps not yet realized, to promising students in the Geological Sciences. Selection will be made through approved University procedures.

Recent Recipients
  • 2013-2014: Al Neely, Jake Poletti, Eric Schoettle
  • 2012-2013: Aaron Bufe, Michael Stearns
  • 2011-2012: Forrest Horton, Bryan Norman
  • 2010-2011: Becky Streit
  • 2009-2010: Adam Ginsburg
  • 2008-2009: Joseph Goode
  • 2007-2008: Richard Lease
  • 2006-2007: Andrew Kylander-Clark

 

The Richard and Eleanor Migues Field Research Prize

Annual contributions of $1000 or more will be used for a prize to one or more graduate students whose work includes field studies. The minimum award is $1000 each. The annual prize will be awarded at the sole discretion of the Department. It is the donor's intention to make an annual contribution of $1000 to the Department to support the annual prize. The Selection Committee shall consist of the Graduate Admissions and Fellowships Committee. The committee will make a recommendation to the Chair of the Department, who will make the final decision.

Recent Recipients
  • 2013-2014: Beau Gentry
  • 2012-2013: Forrest Horton
  • 2011-2012: Stephanie Mendes
  • 2010-2011: Graham Hagen-Peter
  • 2009-2010: Monica Heintz
  • 2008-2009: Jesse Mosolf
  • 2007-2008: G. Burch Fisher, Joseph Goode
  • 2006-2007: Richard Lease

 

Alumni Graduate Award for Research Excellence

This award is funded by the generosity of departmental alumni and friends. It may be awarded annually depending on availability of funds to a graduate student whose research has outstanding potential.

Recent Recipients
  • 2013-2014: Jorge Crempien, Robert Holder, Laura Reynolds, Lauren Simkins, Michael Stearns
  • 2012-2013: Timothy Becker, Qiming Liu, Daniel Livsey
  • 2011-2012: Tess Mayall, Joseph Stern
  • 2010-2011: Jeff Creamer, Joseph Goode
  • 2009-2010: John Moore, Guangfu Shao
  • 2008-2009: Monica Heintz, Richard Lease
  • 2007-2008: Emily Peterman

 

Fugro West Award

Fugro was very specific when they set up these two Scholarships (one undergraduate; one graduate). They directed the Department to select awardees who are interested in professional work in geological engineering, marine geophysics, geophysics, or related applied work. They require that the winners use the funds towards educational expenses and specified a wait period whereby the recipient is provided the award when the new academic year is underway.

Recent Recipients
  • 2012-2013: Nicole Neira
  • 2011-2012: Qiming Liu
  • 2010-2011: Stephanie Diaz
  • 2009-2010: Celso Alvizuri
  • 2008-2009: Andrew Rich
  • 2007-2008: Sheila Morrissey

 

Richard V. Fisher Scholarship in VolcanologyRichard V. Fisher sitting in a field

The Richard V. Fisher Scholarship in Volcanology would be awarded each year to talented and deserving graduate students who are advancing to candidacy.

  • The Richard V. Fisher Scholarship in Volcanology would be used to support graduate student(s).
  • Support is designated to those who are planning or engaged in research in Volcanology.
  • The award is available to mid-career graduate students, who have advanced to candidacy.
  • The scholarship award will be given directly to the student in addition to the financial support provided by the department and/or research advisor. The Richard V. Fisher Scholarship in Volcanology is not intended to be given to the student in lieu of support provided by the department and/or research advisor.
  • The Richard V. Fisher Scholarship in Volcanology recipient will be selected by the Admissions and Fellowships Committee convened by the Chair of the Department of Earth Science.
  • The Admissions and Fellowships Committee will set up an annual process to promote the Richard V. Fisher Scholarship in Volcanology, request and review applicants, select the recipient and determine the amount of the award. The award's first recipient was selected in spring of 2009.
Recent Recipients
  • 2013-2014: Allison Price
  • 2012-2013: Graham Hagen-Peter
  • 2011-2012: Daniel Luna, Rebecca Streit
  • 2010-2011: Ben Martin
  • 2009-2010: Jeffrey Creamer
  • 2008-2009: Bryan Murray

 

Geophysics Award

Is given to an outstanding student in any field of geophysics, and is funded by departmental faculty, alumni and friends.

Recent Recipients
  • 2013-2014: Stephanie Tsang
  • 2012-2013: Jorge Crempien
  • 2011-2012: Xiangyu Li
  • 2010-2011: Guangfu Shao
  • 2009-2010: Qiming Liu
  • 2008-2009: Guangfu Shao
  • 2007-2008: Tomoko Yano

 

Coast Geological Society Award

The Coast Geological Society recognizes academic excellence in the geological sciences every year with its Scholarship Awards Program.

Recent Recipients
  • 2013-2014: Elisabeth Steel
  • 2012-2013: Lauren Simkins
  • 2011-2012: Jessica Thompson
  • 2010-2011: John Moore
  • 2009-2010: Joseph Goode
  • 2008-2009: Jeffrey Creamer
  • 2007-2008: Brian Clarke