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EAPS Awards Banquet presented virtually this year due to COVID-19

04-10-2020

Writer(s): Cheryl Pierce

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The spring semester of 2020 presented an unusual problem.  Due to the spread of COVID-19, universities all over the world were forced to go to online learning in hopes of slowing or stopping the spread of the disease.  Unfortunately, this caused events like the Annual EAPS Awards Banquet to be cancelled.  Because there were still awards to be presented and students to be celebrated, EAPS decided to move the awards banquet online and have a virtual two week ceremony on social media.  

Awards were presented in video format on the EAPS social media channels Twitter and Facebook Monday through Friday from March 30 through April 10, 2020.  

Dr. Daniel Cziczo, Purdue EAPS department head, had this to say to seniors who were recognized on April 10, "as you open the next chapter of your lives, EAPS and Purdue hope that we’ve provided you with the tools you’ll need to have great joy and success. As Albert Einstein said, 'Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.' You’ve shown us your fantastic imaginations over the last four years, we hope you'll enjoy the coming attractions!"

The 2019-2020 EAPS Awards

EAPS Ambassadors:

Drew Baldwin Phoebe Kinzelman
Maizey Benner Sneha Nachimuthu
Aubrey Bennett Noah Tewksbury
Katherine Broad Stephanie Voelker
Rebecca Carmack Liana Zogbi
Description of award: Awarded to students who assist the department with a variety of recruiting and outreach events.

Gary F. and Lois N. Beck Scholarship in EAPS (awarded Fall 2019)
Megan Mitchell
Valerie Morris
Laura Rubio
Description of award: Awarded annually to a female student enrolled in EAPS.

EAS Undergraduate Scholarship (awarded Fall 2019)
Alizabeth Arnett
Rachel Culver
Heather Isaacs
Description of award: This scholarship was established to recruit outstanding Freshman Solid Earth or Atmospheric Science students into the Undergraduate program.

H. Jay Melosh Planetary Conference Support
Hannah Weaver (awarded Fall 2019)
Katherine Broad
Description of award: This fund provides the opportunity for EAPS students to present their research at any professional conference.

EAPS Freshman Top Scholars (awarded Fall 2019)
Marianna Aguilar
Adriana Brown
Grace Kowalski
Eli Pokorney
Quinn Wilson
Description of award: Merit-based Presidential, Trustees, and Emerging Leaders scholarships for incoming freshmen with superior academic records.

EAS Founders Scholarship (awarded Fall 2019)
Joshua Collins
Jonathan Kipper
Marcus Truscio
Quinn Wilson
Description of award: An undergraduate merit scholarship honoring Ernest Agee, Phillip Smith, and Dayton Vincent, the founders of the atmospheric science program.

Paul P. and Linda L. Krishna Scholarship in EAS (awarded Fall 2019)
Mariana Aguilar
Alizabeth Arnett
Adriana Brown
Madigan Graber
Description of award: A merit-based award established by EAPS Alum Paul Krishna and his wife Linda to support EAPS earth science students who have a University scholarship.

David A. & Alice C. Hager Scholarship in EAS (awarded Fall 2019)
Joe Robinson
Description of award: Established by EAPS Alumnus David Hager and his wife Alice to recognize the academic merit of EAPS undergraduate students who are Indiana residents and have a University scholarship.

Neil and Rita Stillman Earth Science Scholarship (awarded Fall 2019)
Alizabeth Arnett
Description of award: This scholarship was established by Neil W. and Rita K. Stillman to support one or more incoming freshman who have demonstrated academic merit electing to major in one of the following earth science concentrations: Geology & Geophysics, Environmental Geoscience, or Earth/Space Science Education.

Kathryn Pokorny Scholarship (awarded Fall 2019)
Emma Miller
Anna Taylor
Description of award: Established in memory of Kathryn Pokorny, who was to be an EAPS freshman in Fall 1999 to fulfill her lifelong dream to become a meteorologist. Awarded to an incoming undergraduate student.

Indiana Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association (awarded Fall 2019)
Melanie Robles (awarded Fall 2018)
Marie Armes (awarded Fall 2019)
Description of award: This award is given to one or more students who are pursuing courses of study and research leading to careers in air quality, waste management, environmental management/policy/law, and sustainability with respect to air quality and waste management.


Industry-Supported Awards

Geology Graduate Award (established by Mobil Oil)
Alexandria Koester
Description of award: Awarded to a graduate student who wishes to pursue a career in the geology field.

Chevron Corporation Scholarship
Erin Donaghy
Brandon Keough
Emma Rogers
Description of award: This award, sponsored by Chevron, is provided to undergraduate and graduate students who wish to pursue a career in an energy-related field.


Friends of EAPS Awards

June L. and Tan (Mark) Sun Chen Research Scholarship in ATMS
Valeria Garcia
Milind Sharma
Xinyue Wang
Description of award: A research merit-based scholarship established by Purdue alumnus Tan Sun (Mark) Chen in honor of his wife Jun to support a graduate & undergraduate atmospheric science student.

Henry Silver Graduate Scholarship
Milind Sharma
Adrian Singleton
Description of award: Established in honor of Henry Silver, a 1934 Purdue Alumnus. Presented to a graduate student in environmental geosciences including environmental aspects of Atmospheric Science, Hydrogeology, and Engineering Geology.

Terry R. West Scholarship
Sneha Nachimuthu
Brandon Keough
Alexandria Koester
Description of award: Established in recognition of Dr. West’s 40 years of teaching geology at Purdue University. Presented to students pursuing a degree in the applied geological sciences, involving Engineering/Environmental Geology, Hydrogeology, or Geophysics.

William J. Hinze Graduate Award in Exploration Geophysics
Christopher Calvelage
Hannah Weaver
Description of award: Established in recognition of Dr. Hinze’s 75th birthday and for his contributions as a professor in EAPS for 25 years. Presented to students studying exploration geo-physics including the investigation or application of geophysical techniques that are used to determine Earth structure and properties.

Gerald H. Krockover Graduate Fellowship
Bradley Garczynski
Dara Laczniak
Description of award: Established in August 2011 recognizing Dr. Krockover’s 42 years of teaching at Purdue University. Presented to a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding academic merit and an interest in K-12 outreach education.

Darrell Leap Hydrogeology Graduate Research Award
Derrick Slick
Description of award: Established in 2016 in memory of Darrell I. Leap, EAPS faculty member. The purpose of this fund is assist graduate students with expenses related to hydrogeology working in the field or presenting their research at professional meetings and conferences.

Cedric J. Newby Award
Christopher Calvelage
Brandon Keough
Wenjing Wang
Hannah Weaver
Description of award: Established in honor of Cedric J. Newby, a 1923 graduate of Civil Engineering who worked as a Plane-table Engineer and was Head of the Humble Oil Exploration Section at Humble Oil and Refining Company in Houston. Presented to students pursuing a degree in solid-earth geosciences leading to professional employment as a geophysicist.

Atmospheric Science Graduate Student Award
Jianghanyang Li
Description of award: Awarded to a student demonstrating outstanding scholarship and research achievement in Atmospheric Sciences.

Field Geology Awards

Michael C. Gardner Memorial Award
Brandon Keough
Amanda Rudolph
Description of award: Funded by relatives and friends in the oil industry in memory of EAS geology graduate student Michael Gardner. Presented to a graduate student whose research is field-oriented in the areas of structure/tectonic and stratigraphy/sedimentation.

David & Janet Leary Undergraduate Field Work Award
Aubrey Bennett
Description of award: The scholarship was established by David A. and Janet Leary for students enrolled in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences to support undergraduate field based research/experience, including, but not limited to, field camp.

Graduate Student Expo Awards
(sponsored by Shell Oil)
Outstanding Presentations:
Bradley Garczynski
Youmi Oh
Outstanding Posters:
Susan Beveridge
Amanda Rudolph
Description of award: This award is presented to the top two students giving oral presentations and the top two students giving poster presentations during the graduate student recruiting expo weekend.

Undergraduate Awards

Henry Silver Undergraduate Scholarship
Marie Armes
Jared Foeppel
Sneha Nachimuthu
Laura Rubio
Liana Zogbi
Description of award: Established in honor of Henry Silver, a 1934 Purdue alumnus. The award is presented to undergraduate students in environmental geosciences.

Wilton Melhorn Undergraduate Scholars Award
John Herring
Laura Rubio
Description of award: Established in honor of Wilton Melhorn, a former EAPS faculty member and Department Head. Awarded to an undergraduate student who excels in academics.

EAS Class of 1970
Emma Rogers
Isabella Zuffoletti
Description of award: Established by EAPS Alums Ron Parratt and Bill Reid to recognize an EAPS Earth science undergraduate student for academic merit.

Dr. Shieh Undergraduate Scholarship
Liana Zogbi
Description of award: This scholarship was established to support one or more students who has completed their sophomore year and has engaged in undergraduate research in the area of geochemistry.

Jeff and Nina Ahbe Scholarship Grant in Geosciences
Rachel Culver
Description of award: A merit scholarship established by EAPS alumnus Jeff Ahbe and his wife Nina to support an EAPS student(s) who embodies the hard work and dedication to furthering their educational studies in geoscience.

Arvid M. Johnson Scholarship
Sneha Nachimuthu
John Richardson
Description of award: This scholarship was established to award to students who enhance the ethnic and/or gender diversity of the department and/or are first generation college students.

Dr. & Mrs. William R. Gommel Award in Atmospheric Science
Stephanie Voelker
Description of award: Established to recognize an outstanding junior in the Atmospheric Science major based on academic merit.

Outstanding Student Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate Students 
Senior –Rebecca Carmack
Junior – Liana Zogbi
Sophomore – Valeria Garcia
Freshman – Mariana Aguilar
Description of award: Awarded to undergraduates demonstrating outstanding scholarship and/or service.

Outstanding GeoData Science for Professionals (GDSP) Students 
W. Logan Downing
Yonghuai Huang
Jiayuan Huang
Avnika Manaktala
Qing Su
Hannah Walcek
Qicheng Zeng
Yujia Zhu
Description of award: Given to top GDSP graduate students or graduate assistants who have performed typical requirements of coursework and/or practical research, as determined by their Plan of Study, GPA, and advisors’ recommendations.

Outstanding Graduate Students
Jianghanyang Li
Youmi Oh
Description of award: Awarded to a student demonstrating outstanding scholarship and research achievements as well as an excellence in teaching and/or service.

Senior Student Recognition
Nicholas Hamp Adams
Rigel Altair
Mathew Asel
Jessica Backus
Anthony Boener
Austin Britton
Katherine Broad
Zachary Burman
Rebecca Carmack
Gillian Ferguson
Jonathan Forss
Samantha Golding
James Haydock
Emily Hoyt
Wira Asyraf Bin Ismail
Hannah Jongkind
Phoebe Kinzelman
Paige Kolodziej
Sydney Korycinski
Madison McGlaun
Erin O’Connor
Allison Plumadore
Bailey Scott
Abby Sebol
Claire Snitovsky
Robert Swisher
Connor Tinker
Ivan Torres
Madison van Buskirk
Lauren Warner
Robert Washington
Joel Woods
Liana Zogbi

For copies of individual videos that were shown on social media, contact: pierce81@purdue.edu.

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