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Common Abbreviations:

AAPG American Association of Petroleum Geologists
ACM Association for Computing Machinery
AGS Austin Geological Society
AGU American Geophysical Union

AIPG American Institute of Professional Geologists
BEG Bureau of Economic Geology
DGS Dept. of Geological Sciences
GCAGS Gulf Coast Association Geological Society
GSA Geological Society of America
GSEC Graduate Student Executive Committee
SEG Society of Exploration Geophysicists
SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology
UTIG Institute for Geophysics

Faculty and Researchers

JAY BANNER

Kappe Lecturer, AAEES

JAIME BARNES

Knebel Outstanding Teaching Award, undergraduate course, DGS

THORSTEN BECKER

2015 Fellow, AGU

WHITNEY BEHR

CAREER Grant, NSF

Young Scientist Award
(Donath Medal), GSA
Jason Morgan Early Career Award, AGU
Knebel Outstanding Teaching Award,
graduate course, DGS
Faculty Annual Evaluation Award
(Assistant Professor Level), DGS

CHRIS BELL

Knebel Outstanding Teaching Award,
introductory course, DGS

TIMOTHY BARTHOLOMAUS

Outstanding Young Researcher, UTIG
Director’s Circle of Excellence, UTIG

DON BLANKENSHIP

Director’s Circle of Excellence, UTIG

BAYANI CARDENAS

Faculty Annual Evaluation Award
(Associate Professor Level), DGS

ELIZABETH CATLOS

Outstanding Reviewer, Earth and
Planetary Science Letters – Elsevier

DALLAS DUNLAP

Distinguished Service Award, GCAGS

NICHOLAS DYGERT

Dissertation Prize, Sigma Xi, Brown Chapter

PETER EICHHUBL

Runner-up, Tinker Family BEG
Publication Award

ANDRAS FALL

Runner-up, Tinker Family BEG
Publication Award

WILLIAM FISHER

AAPG Foundation Chairman’s Award

PETER FLEMINGS

Tinker Family BEG Publication Award
Director’s Circle of Excellence, UTIG

SERGEY FOMEL

Honorable Mention, Best Poster, SEG

CLIFF FROHLICH

Career Research Award, UTIG

JULIA GALE

Runner-up, Tinker Family BEG
Publication Award

OMAR GHATTAS

Gordon Bell Prize, ACM

SEAN GULICK

Signature Course Essential Elements
Award for Excellence in Teaching Oral
Communication
Jackson School Outstanding
Researcher Award
Director’s Circle of Excellence, UTIG

PETER HENNINGS

Distinguished Service Award, AAPG

MARC HESSE

Outstanding Research Award, JSG

MICHAEL HUDEC

Tinker Family BEG Publication Award

RICHARD KETCHAM

Joseph C. Walter Jr. Excellence Award, JSG

J. RICHARD KYLE

Best Poster Award, GSA Energy Division

STEPHEN LAUBACH

Fellow, GSA
Distinguished Service Award, AAPG
A Peer Apart, Distinguished Service in
Technical Editing, SPE
Award of Appreciation, Outstanding
Technical Editor, SPE
Runner-up, Tinker Family BEG
Publication Award

JOSEPH LEVY

NASA Early Career Fellow
Director’s Circle of Excellence, UTIG

DAVID MOHRIG

2016 AGU Fellow
Faculty Annual Evaluation Award
(Full Professor Level), DGS

SHARON MOSHER

Alumni Achievement Award, University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MARIA-AIKATERINI NIKOLINAKOU

Tinker Family BEG Publication Award

STEPHEN PHILLIPS

Post-Expedition Activity Award,
Expedition 353-IODP-U.S. Science
Support Program

SUZANNE PIERCE

NAKFI Fellow/Selected Participant,
Keck Foundation and the National
Academy of Sciences

ERIC POTTER

Outstanding Service Award, JSG

BRIDGET SCANLON

Elected to National Academy of Engineering

MRINAL SEN

Outstanding Educator Award, JSG
Director’s Circle of Excellence, UTIG

KRISTA SODERLUND

Director’s Circle of Excellence, UTIG

RONALD STEEL

Twenhofel Medalist, SEP

DANIEL STOCKLI
Fellow, GSA
SCOTT TINKER

Michel T. Halbouty Outstanding
Leadership Award, AAPG
Honorary Member Award, AAPG
Don R. Boyd Medal, GCAGS

LUCA TREVISAN

Career Development Publication
Award, BEG

LAURA WALLACE

Director’s Circle of Excellence, UTIG

XINMING WU

Chevron Scholarship, SEG
Thomas A. Mazza Memorial
Scholarship, SEG

MICHAEL YOUNG

Fellow, GSA

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JULIA CLARKE

Professor

BAYANI CARDENAS

Professor

QILONG FU

Research Associate to Research
Scientist (BEG)

JULIA GALE

Research Scientist to Senior Research
Scientist (BEG)

MARC HESSE

Associate Professor with tenure

SEYYED HOSSEINI

Research Associate to Research
Scientist (BEG)

SVETLANA IKONNIKOVA

Research Associate to Research
Scientist (BEG)

JIEMIN LU

Research Associate to Research
Scientist (BEG)

Students

KIMBERLY AGUILERA

Best Undergraduate Student Poster, GSA

DANNY ANDERSON

Folk/McBride Petrography Contest,
2nd Undergraduate

HECTOR ARREOLA

AIPN Student Outreach Program

CHRISTIAN BAKER

Austin Geological Society Field
Geology Scholarship

CHRISTIAN BLACK

Folk/McBride Petrology Contest,
1st Undergraduate

EMILIE BOWMAN

National Undergraduate Scholarship, AIPG

OWEN CALLAHAN

Outstanding TA, DGS

MIGUEL CISNEROS

Folk/McBride Petrology Contest,
1st Graduate

LAURA DAFOV

Intellectual Entrepreneurship
Citizen Scholar

KRISTOPHER DARNELL

Best Paper Published by a JSG Graduate
Student, JSG
Whitney Endowed Presidential
Scholarship, UT Austin

BUD DAVIS
Student Service Award, GSEC
SARAH GEORGE

Gordon I. Atwater Memorial Grant, AAPG
Graduate Student Research Grant, SEPM
Ronald K. DeFord Field Scholarship, JSG
Early Career Graduate Best Poster
Award, Jackson School Symposium

KIM GILBERT

Technical Sessions Best Speaker, Fall,
Ph.D., DGS

PETER GOLD

Outstanding TA, DGS

KEALIE GOODWIN

Outstanding TA

CHAD GREENE

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, UTIG
National Science Foundation Young
Investigator Travel Funding
Mathworks (Matlab) Award for
Outstanding Contributions

MENAL GUPTA

Marshall Endowed Presidential
Scholarship, 2015
Anadarko/SEG scholarship, 2016

ROMY HANNA

Second Place Poster Presentation, Late Career Ph.D., JSG
Vargas Endowed Presidential
Scholarship, JSG
Pellas-Ryder Award for Best Student
Paper in Planetary Sciences, Joint Award
from Meteoritical Society and GSA
Planetary Geology Division

EMMA HEITMANN

Groundwater Field Methods Award,
Undergraduate, DGS

WOONG MO KOO

Duchin Endowed Presidential
Scholarship for 2015-2016

JOHN LI

Edward C. and Caroline Beaumont
Named Grant, AAPG

JOSHUA LIVELY

University Graduate Continuing
Fellowship, 2016-17, UT Austin
Texas Academy of Science Ph.D. Student
Research Grant
Ronald K. DeFord Field Scholarship
Fund, JSG
Lundelius Award in Vertebrate
Paleontology, JSG

ASHLYN MURPHY

R.E. McAdams Memorial Grant, AAPG
Graduate Student Research Grant, GSA

CASEY O’BRIEN

Technical Sessions Best Speaker,
Spring, M.S., DGS

MIKE O’CONNOR

Outstanding TA

ANASTASIA PILIOURAS

Graduate Student and Early Career
Travel Grant, Sediment Experimentalists
Network, 2015
Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellowship,
United States Geological Survey, 2016
National Science Foundation
Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016

EDGARDO PUJOLS

Folk/McBride Petrology Contest,
2nd Graduate, DGS

ENRICA QUARTINI

Oustanding Graduate Student Award, UTIG

NATALIE RAIA

Houston Geological Society Scholarship

EVAN RAMOS

ExxonMobil/GSA Student
Geoscience Grant

RACHEL RUTHVEN

Estwing Hammer, DGS

JULIANA SPECTOR

Graduate Student Research Grant, GSA

KELLY THOMSON

Statoil Graduate Student Fellowship

XINYUE (DENNIS) TONG

Outstanding Graduate Student
Award, UTIG

KELSI USTIPAK

Technical Sessions Best Speaker,
Fall, M.S., DGS

MADELEINE VADEBONCOEUR

Austin Geological Society Field
Geology Scholarship

RAHUL VERMA

James W. McGrew Award

BENJAMIN WAGMAN

Gale White Fellowship, UTIG

NAPAT WANPIYARAT

Mineralogical Society of America
Undergraduate Prize

JOHN WARDEN

Technical Sessions Best Speaker,
Spring, Ph.D., DGS

ANNA WEISS

David Worthington Named Grant, AAPG
Muehlberger Field Scholarship, JSG
Lerner-Gray Memorial Fund, American
Museum of Natural History, 2016

ZHIGUANG XUE

Best Student Poster Paper Award, SEG
Statoil Graduate Fellowship

Staff

NICOLE EVANS

Guion Library Staff Honors, DGS

TESSA GREEN

Picard Excellence Award, UTIG

PHILIP GUERRERO

Outstanding Graduate Coordinator,
Graduate School

SCOTT KEMPF

Outstanding Support Staff, UTIG

KIMBERLY MILLER

Geoscience Information Society Best
Paper Award

GREG NG

Outstanding Support Staff, UTIG

JUDY SANSOM

Outstanding Support Staff, UTIG

PATRICK STAFFORD

Staff Excellence Award, DGS

DEAN WILCOX

Guion Library Staff Honors, DGS
Staff Excellence Award, JSG