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Two Geoscience Students Win Scholarships

Ten geoscience students presented posters on research topics for a local competition sponsored by the Society of Mining and Exploration (SME)-Boise Section.

SME members chose undergraduate Danielle Terhaar and Ph.D. candidate Claire Ostwald to each receive a $500 scholarship. The first-time contest included topics ranging from the mineralization of fossilized mammal teeth to determining ages for global glacial events.

“It means a lot to the students, the department, and me to have such tremendous and generous support for our majors in the local geology community,” David Wilkins said, chair of the Department of Geosciences.

Suzy Cavanagh, Boise SME Section chair, said “We’re excited that, after two years of work reestablishing the Boise Section of SME, we were able to make the scholarships a reality so soon. We are fortunate to have a lot of local support from long-standing members as well as others who are relatively new to SME.”

Cavanagh said the scholarship program is important because it awards scholarships to promising undergraduate and graduate college students who have chosen the field of geosciences as a career.

“Many students come out of school having focused solely on research, without experience or knowledge of the types of jobs that geoscientists have in Boise and around the West,” she said. “The Boise Section of SME helps students to bridge that gap by providing students opportunities to network with local industry professionals.”

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