Department of Geosciences Awards

In addition to scholarships, the Department of Geosciences also offers a number of awards to its undergraduate and graduate students. These are generally offered as cash awards or reimbursements for related travel.

Graduate Student Research Award

Award Information will be announced in Spring 2014:

  • Number of awards and amount vary, average award $200

Eligibility requirements and selection process:

  • Students who have performed research at UWM in the Department of Geosciences.
  • Current students and students who have completed an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in the Department of Geosciences within the past year. (Students who graduate in August or December can be recognized the following May.)
  • Recipients of the Graduate Student Research Award will be strongly encouraged to give a Department colloquium on their research.

Application and selection process:

  • The award recipient will be chosen by:
    • the number of manuscripts published or in review based on research at UWM;
    • the number of poster and oral presentations at local, regional, national, and international conferences based on research at UWM;
    • the number of grants applied for and funded for research at UWM;
    • the letters of recommendation by faculty members at UWM;
    • progress toward intended UWM graduate degree, including but not restricted to: submission of degree proposal, submission of thesis or dissertation, defense of thesis or dissertation. Students who have not completed these milestones towards a graduate degree may still apply for the Graduate Student Research Award.
  • Students will be required to submit a CV.
  • A letter of recommendation from one faculty member is required. Letters submitted by faculty members should contain information on students’ efforts on publications and presentations; the reputation of the journals and meetings among the students’ sub-discipline; students’ scientific creativity; how seriously the students approach their work; and students’ independence from their adviser(s).

2013 Graduate Student Research Award Recipients:

  • Lucia Feriancikova (Ph.D.)
  • Katie Pauls (M.S.)

Wisconsin Geological Society Graduate Research Grant

  • New opportunity for graduate research announced in 2013!

Award Information & Selection Criteria:

  • To be used for field work, lab analyses/expenses, supplies, and/or any other expenses that are necessary to conduct your research as you work towards completing your graduate degree.
  • To apply for this research grant, please submit the following:
    • A written proposal including an abstract of your thesis/dissertation and an itemized budget for your anticipated expenses. This proposal should include appropriate references and figures if necessary to describe your research. Please limit this proposal to 2 pages.
    • A copy of your academic CV along with a list of references.
  • These awards will be offered at a maximum of $1,000 per recipient and must be spent on research costs that will occur between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014.
  • All expenses are subject to university policies and procedures regarding purchasing, travel, reimbursements, etc.
  • 2013-14 WGS Graduate Research Grant Recipients ($350 each):
    • Jane Block
    • Ashley Dineen
    • Nick Fedorchuk
    • Teri Gerard
    • Jenna Rolle
    • Erin Wagner

Graduate Student Travel Awards

Spring 2014 Deadline: February, 2014

Award Information:

  • Number of awards and amount may vary; maximum award is $200; offered at the beginning of every semester.
  • This award is offered from funds allocated by the faculty to help pay for travel expenses when presenting at local, national or international professional geological conferences. The awards can be offered in the form of pre-paid travel arrangements or reimbursements upon your return.

Eligibility requirements and selection process:

  • Undergraduate and Graduate students must be presenting at the conference in which they are attending. (Confirmation of presenting is not necessary at the time of application, but an award offer may be adjusted accordingly after it is announced.)
  • You must show proof of application for additional support. (For instance, the Graduate School offers their own awards to students traveling to conferences, etc.)

Fall 2012 Student Travel Award Recipients:

  • Justin Calhoun (presenter at GSA in Charlotte, NC)
  • Ashley Dineen (presenter at GSA in Charlotte, NC)
  • Lucia Feriancikova (presenter at AGU in San Francisco, CA)
  • Steven Greenwood (presenter at GSA in Charlotte, NC)
  • Snejana Karakis (presenter at AGU in San Francisco, CA)
  • Katie Pauls (presenter at GSA in Charlotte, NC)
  • Ellie Stapleton (presenter at AGU in San Francisco, CA)
  • Zach Watson (presenter at GSA in Charlotte, NC)

Spring 2013 Student Travel Award Recipients:

  • Lucia Feriancikova (presenter at AWRA in Wisconsin)
  • Erin Wimer (presenter at World Summit on Permian-Triassic Extinction & Extreme Climate Cange in Wuhan, China)

*Due to budgetary constraints the department is unable to offer their own travel awards for students presenting at conferences this year. Should the state or university climate change within the current fiscal year the faculty will make these awards a top priority with any additional funds that may become available for student support. If you are presenting at a conference this year we recommend you apply for travel awards offered through the Graduate School and the Office of Undergraduate Research:

Fortunately, our students have been very successful applying to these awards. The following graduate students received Graduate School Travel Awards for presenting at this year’s Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, Oct 27-30, 2013:

  • Jane Block
  • Justin Calhoun
  • Ashley Dineen
  • Nick Fedorchuk
  • Na-Hyun Jung
  • Katie Pauls
  • Jenna Rolle
  • Zach Watson
  • Erin Wagner

Student Research Symposium Award

Award Information and Selection Process:

  • The department’s 4th Annual Student Research Symposium will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013 and will be included as part of the department’s 50th Anniversary Alumni Weekend.
  • Undergraduates and Graduates are urged to participate by submitting an abstract and giving a brief presentation about the research projects they are currently working on.
    • Abstracts submissions should be limited to a 300 word description of your research project and include a 150 word introduction/bio about yourself. Please also include a picture that we can use in the program.
    • A faculty committee will review each submition and determine whether the student will give an oral presentation or a poster presentation.
  • Best Graduate and Undergraduate Presentation Awards are given to the recipients of the highest scores received from a judging panel of department faculty. The recipient is honored at the Annual Student Recognition Banquet and receives a cash award of $100.
  • Abstract submission deadlines will be announced in February

2013 Student Research Symposium Award Recipients:

  • Graduate Oral Presentation – Ashley Dineen
  • Undergraduate Oral Presentation – Dylan Wilmeth
  • Best Poster Presentation – Zach Watson