The Houston Geological Society Undergraduate Scholarship Foundation have chosen Sarah Gerenday to receive a scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year. The scholarship goal is to provide financial support for applicants in their endeavor towards a career in geoscience.
Sarah Gerenday is an undergraduate Senior with diverse interests and talents ranging from donating time to social programs in support of medical research and minority student recruiting, to international choir residency at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh.
In the summer of 2015, Sarah was granted the the opportunity to participate in a Department of Energy sponsored Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship at Argonne National Lab’s Applied Geoscience and Environmental Management section. That effort will support Sarah’s goal to continue with graduate research focused on the safety and effectiveness of combined geological and industrial endeavors, using geologic knowledge to develop efficient plans that minimize environmental impact.
Currently, Sarah is working on a senior honors thesis that studies the physical and geochemical history of peridotite zenoliths from kimberlites in the Kaapvaall craton in South Africa.
The HGS Foundation Trustees have invited Sarah and a faculty representative to attend the February 13th dinner meeting where they will honor all the scholarship winners.
Laurence Yeung, assistant professor of Earth Science, will be awarded the F. W. Clarke medal from the Geochemical Society at this year’s V. M. Goldschmidt meeting in Yokohama, Japan. The award is named after Frank Wigglesworth Clarke, who determined the composition of the Earth’s crust and is considered by many to be the father of Geochemistry. From the Geochemical society’s announcement:
The Clarke Award recognizes an early-career scientist for a single outstanding contribution to geochemistry or cosmochemistry published either as a single paper or a series of papers on a single topic. Prof. Yeung is recognized for developing, both experimentally and theoretically, a new clumped isotopologue system with applications to natural systems.
With Dr. Yeung’s award, the Department of Earth Science now has three F. W. Clarke medalists: Profs. Cin-Ty Lee (2009), Rajdeep Dasgupta (2011), and Laurence Yeung (2016). We are tied (with Caltech) for the most Clarke medalists in any department in the world. Here’s to many more!