This summer, each of the tenured/tenured track faculty in the Department of Environmental Earth Science (EES), using varied equipment at diverse field sites, engaged EES majors in a wide range of undergraduate research projects. Research projects included utilizing geographic information systems to study groundwater conditions (Professor Metcalf); studying local metamorphic rocks to unravel their tectonic significance as well as investigating volcanic rocks at sites in Idaho (Professor Cunningham); mapping the erosive effects of Storm Sandy on Block Island (Professor Oakley); sampling and analyzing of geologic materials in Connecticut and Massachusetts to assess their influence on geothermal energy resources (Professor Nathan); analyzing water quality for a Windham water supply site (Professor Carlson); conducting research on rocks in the Pyrenees Mountains in Spain to understand conditions of interest to the oil industry (Professor Drzewiecki); and mapping dinosaur track ways in Rocky Hill (Professor Hyatt). Above, is a view of Block Island's coastal damage wrought by Storm Sandy and an image from a field sites in Idaho.
Lindsey Belliveau, who was named this year's outstanding EES student, was one of four students named recipients of this year's Angelo Tagliacozzo Memorial Scholarship Awards, presented by the Northeast Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (NE-AIPG).
The award carries with it a $4,000 scholarship, a new individual high for the NE-AIPG. The NE-AIPG received 11 applications from undergraduate students, majoring in geology/geosciences, from nine different colleges and universities throughout the eight northeastern states -- (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and New York). All the candidates demonstrated excellent academic qualifications and financial need. After careful review of all applications, Belliveau won one of the four scholarships.