Recent Student Achievements

  • Muthana Yaqoob Aldiney

    Recent graduate, Muthana Yaqoob Aldiney getting hooded at Miller Auditorium, spring 2018 graduation.

  • Sarah VanderMeer and her map that won GSA's Best Student Geologic Map

    Ph.D. student Sarah VanderMeer wins the Geological Society of America's Best Student Geologic Map Competition at the 2017 annual meeting held in Seattle, Washington!

  • Mohammed Al-Musawi accepts the MGBS annual scholarship

    M.S. student Mohammed Al-Musawi won the 2017 Michigan Basin Geological Society annual scholarship. He is pictured next to John Yellich, Director of the Michigan Geological Survey.

  • A graduate student with his research poster

    Ph.D. student, Matt Rine, also won an award at WMU's Research and Creative Activities Poster and Performance Day for his poster, "The importance of geologic study for the application of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Otsego County, Michigan."

The undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Western Michigan University comprise a highly-active scientific community. Not only do students perform innovative research, but they also regularly participate in professional organizations, give presentations, publish their research and successfully compete for awards at the department, University, national and international levels. Below are some of the most recent awards that our accomplished students have earned.

Student news

  • M.S. student, Neal Turluck, took home first place in the poster contest at the annual meeting for the Michigan Chapter of AIPG on Nov. 29, 2018. AIPG student members were invited to bring their posters to compete for awards up to $1,000 cash in both undergraduate and graduate levels.


WMU achievements

  • Stephanie Buglione (undergraduate)—Undergraduate Research Excellence Award
  • Hanna Cohen (Ph.D.)—Graduate Research Assistantship Award
  • Esayas Gebremichael (Ph.D.)—Research and Creative Activities Poster and Performance Day's Outstanding Poster Presentation Award, Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • Shelby Hurst (Ph.D.)—Graduate Student Research Grant, Graduate Research Assistantship Award
  • Nick Moleski (M.S.)—Department-level Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award
  • Elizabeth Palmer (Ph.D.)—All-University Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award, Department-level Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award, Graduate Student Research Grant
  • Hannah Pankratz (Ph.D.)—All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award, Department-level Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award, Graduate Research Assistantship Award
  • Bradley Rizzo (undergraduate)—Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Katharine Rose (undergraduate)—Presidential Scholar Award, Undergraduate Research Excellence Award
  • Benjamin Seiderman (M.S.)—Department-level Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award

External achievements

  • Karem Abdelmohsen (Ph.D.)—Farouk El-Baz Student Research Grant
  • Hanna Cohen (Ph.D.)—Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) Grant,  North Central Section and Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology division's Geological Society of America (GSA) Travel Grant
  • Esayas Gebremichael (Ph.D.)—National Association of Black Geoscientists (NABG) Travel Grant
  • Cameron Manche (Ph.D.)—Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) Grant
  • Hannah Pankratz (Ph.D.)—Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Student Travel Grant
  • Nicholas Shaw (undergraduate)—AAPG Deana and Paul Strunk Military Veterans Scholarship
  • Neal Turluck (M.S.)—Riverside Energy Michigan Inc. scholarship and the Midwest Mineralogical and Lapidary Society of Michigan Scholarship, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG/ExxonMobil) Student Education Program Travel Grant
  • Sarah VanderMeer (Ph.D.)—USGS Best Student Geologic Map and AIPG Michigan Section Best Graduate Student Poster

Award recipients from prior years