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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, June 3, 2004

Survey Presents Student Awards

LAWRENCE--Four University of Kansas students were recognized this spring for their contributions to the Kansas Geological Survey.

Christopher Widga, a doctoral student in anthropology, was presented the Lee and Darcy Gerhard award for student field research. Widga helped supervise an archeological dig west of Topeka and presented a scientific paper on prehistoric bison teeth recovered from archeological sites on the Great Plains. The award is named after Lee Gerhard, a past director of the Survey from 1987 to 1999, and his wife.

Jamie Lambrecht, a graduate student in geophysics, was given the William W. Hambleton Award for student research. Lambrecht has helped analyze seismic data from various Survey projects in the state. The award is named after the Survey's director from 1970 to 1986.

Brett Engard, a graduate student in geology, was given the Frank C. Foley Groundwater Student Travel Award. Engard is a student assistant in the Survey's geohydrology section and helped with the Survey's annual groundwater level measurement program. The award is named for the Survey's director from 1954 to 1970.

Danli Li, a geography major at KU, was presented with the Norman Plummer Outstanding Student Award. Danli provided Geographic Information Systems (GIS) assistance in groundwater-related studies and mapping. The award is named for Norman Plummer, a Survey employee from 1936 to 1969.

The students were recognized with cash awards and certificates, presented by the Survey's director, M. Lee Allison, in a mid-May ceremony at the Survey.

The Kansas Geological Survey is a research and service division of KU, located on the university's west campus.

Story by Rex Buchanan, (785) 864-2106

Kansas Geological Survey, Public Outreach