Graduate Student Awards

Founded in 1996, the Carl Tolman Prize is awarded annually to the EPS graduate student assistant who best demonstrates excellence in teaching. The winner is chosen by faculty, based on the recommendation of both faculty and course evaluations. The prize consists of a certificate and a cash award determined by the fund's endowment income, currently $300. In accepting the award, the graduate student accepts the challenge to maintain the high academic standards set by Dr. Tolman. All of this is made possible by the generosity of Dr. Tolman's family and approximately one hundred of his friends, admirers, and former students. We are deeply grateful to those who have donated to the Carl Tolman Prize fund.

Carl Tolman (1897-1995) was a member of the department for sixty-eight years, serving as Professor and Chairman, as well as Dean of the Graduate School, Dean of Faculty, and Chancellor of the University. He was a field geologist, with particular interest in the Precambrian. He and his students provided much of the pioneering information about the St. Francois Mountains in Missouri. After retirement from the University, he became Scientific Attaché to our embassy in Tokyo and then served as consultant for the United Nations in the Philippines.