Awards & Notables

Complete List of Awards

Ray Arvidson

James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor Arvidson and his team were chosen by NASA to continue to archive and distribute digital data related to the study of the surfaces and interiors of terrestrial planetary bodies through the Geosciences Node of NASA’s Planetary Data System (PDS). The five-year renewal agreement has a value to the university projected at $11.8 million.

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Jeffrey Catalano

Professor Catalano won a three-year, $2.25 million award from the Office of Basic Energy Sciences at the U.S. Department of Energy. The award supports geochemistry research on elements and minerals essential for the production of electric vehicles, cell phones, computers, and a range of other items important to the U.S. economy. Catalano was also elected a fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA), and he received a grant from the National Science Foundation for the acquisition of a laboratory-based X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy instrument.

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Bronwen Konecky

Assistant Professor Konecky won two grants from the National Science Foundation for collaborative research projects titled "Investigating Inter-Hemispheric Phasing of Tropical Andean Hydroclimate in Response to Holocene Orbital Forcing" and "Quantitative Reconstructions of Last Millennium Hydroclimate and Temperature from the Tropical High Andes." Konecky also received a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Pilot Fund for a new DEI initiative titled "URG2: Undergraduate Research in the Geosciences for UnderRepresented Groups."

Michael Krawczynski

Assistant Professor Krawczynski won a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for research on the evolution of super-hydrous magmas in the Earth’s crust. In the project, Krawczynski will apply experimental petrology, thermodynamics, and volcanology to explore how volcanoes work, especially how water affects the evolution of volcanoes and their behavior. He also received an NSF grant for a collaborative research project titled "Redox Ratios in Amphiboles as Proxies for Volatile Budgets in Igneous Systems."

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William McKinnon

Professor McKinnon was elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The honor highlights McKinnon’s exceptional contributions in Earth and planetary sciences and recognizes him as a global leader and expert committed to the advancement of the geosciences.

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Philip Skemer

Professor Skemer won a grant from the National Science Foundation to establish Research Opportunities in Rock Deformation (RORD), an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) internship program that provides laboratory and field-based research experience in rock mechanics and structural geology. RORD is designed to introduce undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds and experience levels in Earth science, geoscience, and engineering to the field of rock deformation.

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Alian Wang

Research Professor Wang and her team were selected to develop lunar resource utilization technology under NASA’s first-ever Lunar Surface Technology Research (LuSTR) solicitation. The team is tasked with building a rover-mounted drill sensor to quantify the 3D distribution of water at the Moon’s south pole. A laser probe located at the bottom of the drill, capable of analyzing regolith, will quantify the amount of water and other chemicals present beneath the surface.

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Kun Wang

Assistant Professor Wang and co-investigator Katharina Lodders, research professor, received a grant from the NASA Emerging Worlds Program for their project "Experimental Studies of Volatile Fractionation in the Early Solar System."

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Michael Wysession

Professor Wysession won the 2021 Geosciences in the Media Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the world’s largest society of professional geologists. This honor recognizes Wysession’s many achievements in promoting geoscience literacy and education, as well as his notable journalistic contributions to the public understanding of geology and energy resources.

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Degrees Conferred


Bachelor's Degrees

AB in Environmental Earth Sciences

  • Nicholas Kaig Charlton-Perrin
  • Sophia Rose Kronick
  • Olivia Sabina Shaw
  • Allison Rose Sheets

AB in Geochemistry

  • William John Gorman Carnevale
  • Andrew Silverman Guertin

AB in Geology

  • Eleanor Louise Moreland

AB in Geophysics

  • Maia Eve Cohen
  • Michael Geistler

Master's Degrees


  • Emily Culley
  • Abigail Knight
  • Yuanyuan Liang
  • Patrick Matulka
  • Emily Millman
  • Christopher Yen

Doctoral Degrees


  • Madison Hughes
    Landscape Evolution of Gale Crater: The Role of Water and Wind on Mount Sharp
  • Kelsey Prissel
    Experimental Constraints on Igneous Iron Isotopic Fractionation and Diffusion

Akerman was promoted to senior policy advisor in the Stratospheric Protection Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she works on implementing regulations that phase out ozone-depleting substances.

Nancy (Hsia) Akerman

PhD 2009

Becker has been retired for nine years and now spends most of his time volunteering as a Texas Master Naturalist. He leads interpretive nature kayak trips at Galveston Island State Park, and he volunteers at the Texas A&M Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research.

Rick Becker

MA 1982

Mattos earned her PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, while conducting research on water and sanitation systems in rural Alaska native communities. She has since started as an assistant professor in the Environment and Sustainability Department at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO.

Kaitlin Mattos

AB 2009

Rohter was promoted to Senior Specialist in the Missouri DNR Brownfields Environmental Remediation Program.

Jacob Rohter

AB 2011

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