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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, May 7, 1997

Geological Survey Students Recognized

LAWRENCE--Three University of Kansas students were recently recognized by the Kansas Geological Survey for outstanding accomplishments as student employees at the Survey.

Melanie Hathaway, a senior from Lawrence who is majoring in genetics, received the Norman Plummer Outstanding Student Award for her work in support of Survey research. Hathaway is a student assistant in the Survey's library and has assisted with the Survey's outreach program. The Plummer award is named after Norman Plummer, a long-time Survey researcher who specialized in studies of Kansas clay and building materials.

Richard Sleezer, a Ph.D. student in geography from Gridley, Kansas, was awarded the Frank Foley Groundwater Student Travel Award. Sleezer is studying nitrate pollution in Harvey County, Kansas, and has produced five reports and publications. The award is named for Survey director Frank C. Foley and given annually to a Survey student working in geohydrology.

Kathleen Counter Benison, a graduate student from Boston, received the William W. Hambleton Student Research Award for outstanding student research. Benison, a research assistant in the Survey's geologic investigations section, will complete a Ph.D. in geology at KU this summer and has accepted a teaching position at Central Michigan University. The Hambleton Award is named for William W. Hambleton, the Survey's director from 1970 to 1986.

story by Rex Buchanan, (785) 864-3965
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