aGES Awards

Promising New Major Award for Geology and Environmental Science Majors

This award goes to new aGES majors who have completed GLY 2250 – Evolution of the Earth and who show promise of being a successful major in GES. An overall GPA of 3.0 or greater, and performance in introductory geology, environmental science, GLY 2250 and other science courses, including independent research, will be the criteria on which this award will be based. The non-cash award varies year-to-year.

Outstanding Field Geology Student Award

This award goes to a geology student with a geology GPA of greater than 2.70. Performance in field work in GLY 2745 – Preparation of Geologic Reports, GLY 3150 – Principles of Structural Geology and Tectonics and GLY 3800 – Introduction to Stratigraphy and Sedimentology are major criteria on which this award is based. The award varies year-to-year in accordance with investment performance.

Outstanding Junior Environmental Science Student Award

This award is meant for an environmental science major who shows promise of being an outstanding senior. An overall GPA greater than 3.0, and performance in ENV 3105 (WID) and ENV 3560 will be the main criteria on which this award is based. The award amount varies in accordance with funding availability.

Geology Transfer Student Award

This award goes to a student majoring in geology who has transferred 28 student credit hours or more to Appalachian from other colleges or universities, not including any AP credits. This student will have completed a minimum of 14 student credit hours at ASU, and in these courses the student will have a cumulative GPA of greater than 3.00. This award will also look at academic achievement, participation in extra-curricular departmental activities, financial need, and promise, potential and intent for a career in geology. The award amount varies in accordance with funding availability.

Quantitative Geoscience Major Award

This award goes to a student with a geology GPA greater than 2.7. Performance in GLY 3160 – Introduction to Geophysics, GLY 3455 – Quantitative Data Analysis for Earth and Environmental Scientists, GLY 4630 – Hydrogeology and GLY 4705 – Advanced Environmental and Engineering Geology and other quantitative science courses, including independent research, will be the criteria on which this award is based. The awardee receives a student edition of MATLAB.

Mineralogy Award

This award is determined on the basis of the awardee’s performance in GLY 3220 – Fundamentals of Mineralogy and/or GLY 3715 – Petrology and Petrography. The student must be participating in research related to mineralogy, geochemistry, petrology or a related field. The awardee receives an Estwing rock hammer.

Outstanding Leadership Award in Environmental Science

This award recognizes students with the highest potential for successful leadership in an academic or professional career. Winners hold leadership position(s) in academic, intramural, and/or extramural organization(s). They also served as examples of a strong scholarly ethic with the demonstrated ability to lift a group of peers to a higher level.

Geology Distinguished Senior Award

This award is given to the seniors who have distinguished themselves through academic achievement, service to student colleagues and the department or other meritorious activities. To be eligible, students must have an aGES GPA greater than 3.00.

Environmental Science Distinguished Senior Award

This award is given to the seniors who have distinguished themselves through academic achievement, service to student colleagues and the department or other meritorious activities. To be eligible, students must have an aGES GPA greater than 3.00.

Roy Sidle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Science Research

This award recognizes a senior student who has a GPA of greater than 3.0 and has demonstrated exceptional achievement in student research, as demonstrated through active, positive, and sustained membership in a research team or teams at Appalachian or elsewhere (e.g. REU, International, etc.). This is purely an academic achievement award and should be heavily weighted to the student’s potential for productive and valued research at the graduate level and beyond.

Environmental Science Academic Achievement Award

This award is given to the graduating environmental science senior who, while at ASU, has (1) completed at least 40 credit hours of science and mathematics courses, (2) taken a load of at least 12 credit hours in each semester in which science or mathematics courses were completed, and (3) earned the highest GPA among his or her classmates in science and mathematics courses.

Geology Academic Achievement Award

This award is given to the graduating senior in any non-teaching GLY degree track who has (1) completed at least 40 hours of science and mathematics courses, (2) taken a load of at least 12 hours in each semester in which science or mathematics courses were completed, (3) completed 12 or more hours of geology courses above the 1000 level, (4) earned a GPA of 3.0 or greater in science and mathematics courses, and (5) earned the highest GPA amongst her or his peers in science and mathematics courses.

Outstanding Senior in Environmental Science Award

This award is meant to recognize students with strong academic performance and achievement in research, service, internships, work abroad, outreach, and/or other forms of engagement or leadership. Award winners have their names placed on a granite plaque on the wall outside the McKinney Museum.

Outstanding Senior in Geology Award

This award is given to a student who has an overall GPA greater than 3.0, has taken an average of 14 hours per semester, has placed a higher priority on geological rather than other activities, has participated in extra-curricular geology activities such as field trips, has attended professional meetings, and has demonstrated a level of interest in the profession beyond that expected in formal classes. Those eligible for the award must have graduated in the December prior to the banquet, or will graduate in May or August following the banquet. Award winners have their names placed on the granite plaque on the wall outside the McKinney Museum.