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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, May 22, 2002

Survey Recognizes Outstanding Students

LAWRENCE--Four students from the University of Kansas recently were recognized for outstanding contributions to the Kansas Geological Survey, based on KU's west campus.

The four received citations and cash awards during a ceremony May 10 at the Survey.

Brent Miller, who earned a geography degree in December 2001, received the Norman Plummer Outstanding Student Award. Miller, a native of Topeka, is currently taking graduate classes in geography and urban planning and works for the Data Access and Support Center, based at the Survey. The Plummer Award, named after Norman Plummer, a long-time geologist at the Survey, is given annually in recognition of a non-research student employee at the Survey.

Edward Washburn, a master's student in geology at KU from Rockford, Illinois, received the Lee C. and Darcy Gerhard Field Research Student Award. Washburn is investigating the application of geophysical techniques to the field study of sedimentary rock outcrops. The award is named for Lee C. Gerhard, the previous director of the Survey, and his wife Darcy, and is given annually for outstanding field research.

Julian Ivanov, who just completed his Ph.D. in geology at KU, was given the William W. Hambleton Student Research Award. Ivanov, a graduate research assistant in the Survey's Exploration Services section, has developed an original method for modeling subsurface geology and has been published extensively. The Hambleton award is named after a previous director of the Survey and is given annually for excellence in research.

John Woods, a master's level student at KU, was given the Frank C. Foley Groundwater Student Travel Award. Woods, a research support specialist in the Survey's geohydrology section, has authored two major Survey publications and has assisted in the preparation of maps showing the availability of ground water. The award, named for a previous director of the Survey, provides travel funds for a student to attend a regional or national groundwater conference.

The Survey, a research and service division of the University of Kansas, studies the state's geologic resources and hazards. The Survey employs about 40 students, most of them from KU.

Story by Liz Brosius, (785) 864-2063
Kansas Geological Survey, Public Outreach