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2020-21 EAPS Awards Banquet presented virtual due to pandemic



The Annual EAPS Awards Banquet has again been presented virtually this year due to the pandemic. Because there were 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, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram Monday through Friday from April 19 through April 30, 2021.

Kicking off the Virtual EAPS Awards, Department Head Dr. Daniel Cziczo presented a video message to students and the department recognized EAPS Ambassadors: Aubrey Bennett, Emily Coffin, Bridget Zapinski, Mili Jha, Joseph Heidenreich, Emma Rogers, John Gucwa, Jasmine Singh, Brandi Daddario, Jordan MacIsaac, Jefferson Hughes, McKenzie Haneline, and Stephanie Voelker.

The 2020-21 EAPS Awards are as follows:

Henry Silver Freshman Scholarships

Awarded to Mia Keller and Margaret Veak
This scholarship was established in honor of Henry Silver, a 1934 Purdue alumnus. The award is presented to an incoming freshman student(s) in environmental geosciences.


Neil and Rita Stillman Earth Science Scholarship

Awarded to Charles Menard
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 and Geophysics, Environmental Geoscience, or Earth/Space Science Education.


Kathryn Pokorny Scholarships 2020-21

Awarded: Fall 2020 to Danielle Harr and Ellena Walker

Awarded: Spring 2021 to Ashlynne Gary and Rebecca Schuman

This scholarship was 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. It is awarded to an incoming undergraduate student.


Geology Graduate Award (established by Mobil Oil)

Awarded to: Christopher Calvelage and Hunter Vannier
This award was established by Mobil Oil and is given to a graduate student(s) who wishes to pursue a career in the geology field.


William J. Hinze Graduate Award in Exploration Geophysics

Awarded to: Juliana Peckenpaugh and Wenjing Wang
This award was 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.


June L. and Tan (Mark) Sun Chen Research Scholarship in ATMS

Awarded to: Joseph Robinson, Valeria Garcia, and Funing Li

This is a research merit-based scholarship established by Purdue alumnus Tan Sun (Mark) Chen in honor of his wife Jun to support a graduate and undergraduate atmospheric science student.


Henry Silver Graduate Scholarship

Awarded to: Susan Beveridge

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.


EAS Undergraduate Scholarship

Awarded to: Ruthanne (Linnea) Orr, Sneha Nachimuthu, John Richardson, Natalie Schaefer, Rachel Culver, and Emersyn Harriman

This scholarship was established to recruit outstanding Freshman Solid Earth or Atmospheric Science students into the Undergraduate program.


Terry R. West Scholarship

Awarded to: Christopher Calvelage, Wenjing Wang, and Sneha Nachimuthu

This award was 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.


Gerald H. Krockover EAPS Scholarship

Awarded to: Emma Rogers

This award is presented to students with at least a 3.3 overall GPA in honor of Gerald H. Krockover. Preference given to students interested in development and presentation of EAPS research projects.


Gerald H. Krockover Graduate Fellowship

Awarded to: Hunter Vannier

This fellowship was 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.


Donald W. Levandowski Memorial Scholarship in Geology

Awarded to: Stephanie Menten

Funded by relatives and friends in memory of Professor Levandowski, faculty member and Department Head of EAPS for many years. Awarded to a junior or senior undergraduate or a first-year graduate student who is pursuing research in surface mapping, remote sensing, field mapping, or applied geology.


Darrell Leap Hydrogeology Graduate Research Award

Awarded to: James Haber

This award was 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

Awarded to: Wenjing Wang and Christopher Calvelage

This award was 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

Awarded to: Jie Chen

This is awarded to a student demonstrating outstanding scholarship and research achievement in Atmospheric Sciences.


Michael C. Gardner Memorial Award

Awarded to: Amanda Rudolph, James Haber, and Chris Calvelage

This award is 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 and Janet Leary Undergraduate Field Work Award

Awarded to: Nicholas Regier

This 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.


Henry Silver Undergraduate Scholarship

Awarded to: Adriana Brown

Established in honor of 1934 Purdue alumnus Henry Silver, this award is presented to undergraduate students in environmental geosciences.


Wilton Melhorn Undergraduate Scholars Award

Awarded to: Brandon Herr

This award was established in honor of Wilton Melhorn, a former EAPS faculty member and Department Head. Awarded to an undergraduate student who excels in academics.


Ned Smith Field Camp Award

Awarded to: Lainey Colglazier and Emma Rogers

This award is presented to students attending a field camp in earth sciences and who have demonstrated academic proficiency in their field of study.


EAS Class of 1970

Awarded to Rachel Culver and Jonathan DeGraw

This award was established by EAPS Alums Ron Parratt and Bill Reid to recognize an EAPS Earth science undergraduate student for academic merit.


Jeff and Nina Ahbe Scholarship Grant in Geosciences

Awarded to: John Herring

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.


Dr. and Mrs. William R. Gommel Award in Atmospheric Science

Awarded to: Valeria Garcia

This award was established to recognize an outstanding junior in the Atmospheric Science major based on academic merit.


Arvid M. Johnson Scholarship

Awarded to: Jessica Serrano, Marco Vasquez, Emileo Peralta, and Malik Brandon

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.


Outstanding Undergraduate Students

Maizey Benner, Senior
Sneha Nachimuthu, Junior
Laura Rubio, Sophomore
Danielle Harr, Freshman

The Outstanding Undergraduate Awards are awarded to undergraduate student(s) demonstrating outstanding scholarship and/or service.


Outstanding GeoData Science for Professionals (GDSP) Students

Awarded to: Yujia Zhu, Qing Su, and Mitchell Spangler

This award is 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

Awarded to: Adeene Denton and Marie Henderson

The Outstanding Graduate Students Award is awarded to graduate student(s) demonstrating outstanding scholarship and research achievements as well as an excellence in teaching and/or service.


EAPS 2021 Graduates

May 2021

Marie Armes  (ENVG)
Maizey Benner  (PLSI/ Applied Physics Honors)
Ethan Bowen  (ENVG)
Jonathan Brunton  (PLSI)
Jared Foeppel  (ENVG)
Natalie Grober  (PLSI)
McKenzie Haneline  (ATSC)
Evan King  (PLSI/GEOP)
Zachary Kleyn  (ENVG)
David Messmer  (ATSC)
Raychel Nelson  (ATSC)
Amina Patterson  (PLSI)
Briar Qualizza  (PLSI)
Anthony Rector  (ATSC)
Bailey Scott  (Interdisciplinary Science)
Noah Tewksbury  (ATSC)
Stephanie Voelker  (ATSC)
Jared Zhu  (ATSC)


August 2021

Abdulrahman Alsalhi  (GEOP)
Aubrey Bennett  (GEOP/ PLSI)
Ginuli DeSilva  (Interdisciplinary Science)
Jon Ellingson  (GEOP)
Alexa Martin  (GEOP)
Meredith Roberts  (GEOP)
Rachel Spenny  (GEOP)
Isabella Zuffoletti  (GEOP)


December 2021

Andrew Baldwin  (GEOP)
Sarah Campbell  (ATSC)
Brody Conner  (PLSI)
Lauren Dickson  (PLSI)
Steven Hitchens  (Science Ed)
Evan Kelch  (PLSI)
Cody Kupres  (PLSI)
Nicolas Osborne  (Interdisciplinary Science)
Juliana Peckenpaugh  (PLSI)
Joseph Poccia  (ATSC)
Madeline Queener  (GEOP)
Emma Rogers  (PLSI/ GEOP)
Kevin Tarbet  (ENVG)
Phoebus Tsai  (GEOP)

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