Graduate Student Awards

Global Field Travel Fund Coast Geological Society Award
Graduate Student Opportunity Award Lloyd and Mary Edwards Field Studies Fellowship
Alex Johnson Memorial Fellowship Richard and Eleanor Migues Field Research Prize
Clifford Hopson and William Wise Award Alumni Graduate Award for Research Excellence
G.K. Peggy Dearth Wormington Field Studies Award Fugro West Award
Preston Cloud Memorial Award Richard V. Fisher Scholarship in Volcanology
G. K. Gilbert Award Archuleta Family Award
Harry Glicken Memorial Graduate Fellowship Wendell Phillips Woodring Memorial Graduate Fellowship
George Tunell Memorial Fellowship TA of the Year Award
Geophysics 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.

Applications for this funding can happen at any time by contacting the Graduate Advisor and providing details related to the request. Full support is typically provided  for smaller requests with larger requests not to exceed $2000.

Recent Recipients
  • 2018-2019: Ari Powell, Lori Willhite, Christina Woltz
  • 2017-2018: Danielle Cox
  • 2016-2017: Mark Edwards, Elizabeth Erickson, Andrew McGrath, Melissa Scruggs
  • 2015-2016: Sophie Briggs, Mary-Kate Fidler, Joshua Garber, William Junkin, Demian Nelson, Jason Womer, Alex Wrobel
  • 2014-2015: Paul  Alessio, Michael Bentz, Aaron Hill, Robert Holder, Jackson Mitchell, Laura Reynolds, Elisabeth Steel 
  • 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
  • 2019-2020: Amy Moser, Kelly Tingle
  • 2018-2019: Na Liu, Evan Monroe
  • 2017-2018: Danielle Cox, Evan Monroe, Qianhui Qin, Richard Sanderson
  • 2016-2017: Mark Edwards, Robert Holder, Richard Sanderson, Christina Woltz
  • 2015-2016: Adam Arce, Sophie Briggs, Menso de Jong, William Junkin, Andrew Reinhard
  • 2014-2015: Laura Reynolds
  • 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.


Alex Johnson Memorial Fellowship

Named in the honor of former graduate student Dr. Alex Johnson to memorialize his achievements in research and mentoring, this award recognizes a graduate student in the Department of Earth Science who has demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching and/or mentoring.

Recent Recipients
  • 2020-2021: Francisco Apen

Clifford Hopson and William Wise Award

Named in the honor Professors Emeriti Clifford Hopson and William Wise, this award supports graduate student in field studies.

Recent Recipients
  • 2020-2021: Adrian Tasistro-Hart

G.K. Peggy Dearth Wormington Field Studies Award

Awarded Annually to undergraduate or graduate student(s) conducting field studies in Earth Science.

Recent Recipients
  • 2020-2021: Amy Moser

Preston Cloud Memorial AwardPreston 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
  • 2018-2019: Olivia Anderson, Eliel Anttila, Rodrigo De-Negri Leiva, Amy Moser, Devin Rand, Richard Sanderson, Lori Willhite
  • 2017-2018: Jenna Adams, Eleanor Arrington, Elizabeth Erickson, Daniel Morel, Melissa Scruggs
  • 2016-2017: Paul Alessio, Mark Edwards, William Junkin, Veronika Kivenson, Minda Monteagudo, Madeline Shaffer, Ryan Stoner, Jonathan Tarn, Alexander Wrobel, Julie Zurbuchen.
  • 2015-2016: --
  • 2014-2015: Mareike Adams, Aaron Bufe, Graham Hagen-Peter, Forrest Horton, Janelle McAtamney, Alexander Neely, Ryan Neilson, Demian Nelson,Jacob Poletti, Brenna Quigley, Jenna Rolle, Eric Schoettle
  • 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
  • 2020-2021: Amy Moser, Kelly Tingle
  • 2019-2020: Sarah Gerenday, Kaelynn Rose
  • 2018-2019: Abby Letts, Justin Newmann, Alexander Wrobel
  • 2017-2018: Allison Greaney, Daniel Morel
  • 2016-2017: Alan Jones, Elisabeth Steel
  • 2015-2016: Laura Reynolds
  • 2014-2015: Forrest Horton
  • 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
  • 2020-2021:  Richard Sanderson
  • 2019-2020: Elizabeth Erickson
  • 2018-2019: Olivia Anderson, Sean Maher
  • 2017-2018: Allison Greaney
  • 2016-2017: Melissa Scruggs
  • 2015-2016: Ryan Neilson, Jason Schmidt
  • 2014-2015: Allison Price
  • 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



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
  • 2020-2021: Olivia Anderson
  • 2019-2020: Evan Monroe
  • 2018-2019: Alex Johnson, Lori Willhite
  • 2017-2018: Jenna Adams
  • 2016-2017: Carina Edelman, Madeline Shaffer
  • 2015-2016: Robert Holder
  • 2014-2015: Joshua Garber
  • 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
  • 2020-2021: Kelsey Gosselin, Kelly Tingle
  • 2019-2020: Andrew McGrath, Tina Woltz
  • 2018-2019: Chris Everett, Na Liu
  • 2017-2018: Veronika Kivenson, Connor Love
  • 2016-2017: Eleanor Arrington
  • 2015-2016: Minda Monteagudo
  • 2014-2015: Elisabeth Steel
  • 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



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
  • 2020-2021: Evan Monroe, Brian Penserini
  • 2019-2020: Paul Alessio, Alex Johnson
  • 2018-2019: Judy Pu, Alexander Wrobel
  • 2017-2018: Qianhui Qin, Christina Woltz
  • 2016-2017: William Junkin, Andrew McGrath
  • 2015-2016: Mary-Kate Fidler, Laura Reynolds
  • 2014-2015: Robert Holder, Shelby Fredrickson
  • 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



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
  • 2020-2021: Katie O'Malley
  • 2018-2019: Justin Newmann
  • 2016-2017: Daniel Cupertino
  • 2015-2016: Eleanor Arrington
  • 2014-2015: Veronika Kivenson
  • 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
  • 2020-2021: Sarah Gerenday, Andrew McGrath, Jiong Wang, Christina Woltz
  • 2019-2020: Jenna Adams, Sarah Gerenday, Olivia Anderson, Sean Maher
  • 2018-2019: Francisco Apen, Scott Condon, Menso de Jong, Ryan Stoner
  • 2017-2018: Aaron Anderson, Elizabeth Erickson, Na Liu, Jiong Wang, Julie Zurbuchen
  • 2016-2017: Mary-Kate Fidler, Joshua Garber, Allison Greaney, Robert Holder, Andrew Reinhard, Laura Reynolds
  • 2015-2016: Paul Alessio, Joshua Garber, Linn-Elisabeth Steel, Anne Valovcin
  • 2014-2015: Mareike Adams, Aaron Bufe, Mary Kate Fidler, Jonathan Harvey, Forrest Horton
  • 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
  • 2014-2015: Janelle McAtamney, Demian Nelson
  • 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
  • 2020-2021: Sean Maher
  • 2019-2020: Francisco Apen
  • 2018-2019: Richard Sanderson
  • 2017-2018: Andrew Reinhard
  • 2016-2017: Jenna Adams
  • 2015-2016: Ryan Neilson
  • 2014-2015: Sophie Briggs
  • 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



Archuleta Family Award

Is given to a graduate student conducting research in the field of Geophysics, with a preference for one doing research in seismology.

Recent Recipients
  • 2020-2021: Hugo Ortiz
  • 2018-2019: Han Xiao
  • 2018-2019: Jiong Wang
  • 2017-2018: Anne Lamontagne
  • 2016-2017: Mareike Adams



Geophysics Award

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

Recent Recipients
  • 2020-2021: Han Xiao
  • 2019-2020: Kaelynn Rose, Jiong Wang
  • 2018-2019: Aaron Anderson
  • 2017-2018: Richard Sanderson
  • 2016-2017: Adam Arce
  • 2015-2016: Mareike Adams, Trevor Smith
  • 2014-2015: Anne Lamontagne
  • 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
  • 2020-2021: Pengyuan Han
  • 2019-2020: Richard Sanderson
  • 2018-2019: Christina Woltz
  • 2017-2018: Eleanor Arrington
  • 2016-2017: Julie Zurbuchen
  • 2015-2016: Melissa Scruggs
  • 2014-2015: Allison Price
  • 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



TA of the Year Award

Recent Recipients
  • 2020-2021: Chris Everett
  • 2019-2020: Sam LoBianco
  • 2018-2019: Amy Moser
  • 2017-2018: Alex Johnson