RMAG Foundation 2002 Graduate Student Awards

Title: RMAG Foundation 2002 Graduate Student Awards

Publication: The Outcrop, June 2002, p. 11

Receiving RMAG Foundation Graduate Student awards are (from left) Susan Riggins (CU), Guillermo Camargo (CSU), and Kirsten Witte (CSM).

The Trustees of the RMAG Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of our Awards to Graduate Students at Rocky Mountain institutions of higher learning for 2002. The awards, each in the amount of $1000, were made this year to outstanding Earth Science students at three schools: the Colorado School of Mines, the University of Colorado, and Colorado State University. Presentation of the awards was made at RMAG’s luncheon meeting on April 19. Each recipient also received a free student membership in RMAG.

The Trustees made their decisions on the basis of:


  1. The perceived merit of each student’s thesis project as a contribution to the geologic sciences in general, and to Rocky Mountain geology in particular,
  2. The student’s qualifications to carry out the study, as indicated by past accomplishments, and
  3. Faculty recommendations.

The recipients are:

Kirsten Witte, Colorado School of Mines: Ms. Witte received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Dickenson College and a master of Science degree from the Colorado School of Mines. She has worked as a research assistant with Community Environmental Services in Portland Oregon, and as a geochemist with the U. S. Geological Survey in Denver. Kirsten is currently working on a Ph.D. degree in geochemistry at Mines. studying the “Bacterial influence and effect of trace metals on waterways in mined areas,” using Clear Creek as an example.

Susan Riggins, University of Colorado: Ms. Riggins received a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is in the second year of the master of Science degree program at CU. Susan is studying “Terrestrial weathering during the Late Paleocene Thermal Maximum,” using evidence from paleosols of the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming.

Guillermo Camargo, Colorado State University: Mr. Camargo studied at the National University of Colombia, in Bogota, and received a Master of Science degree from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College (London University). He has worked as an exploration geologist for the Colombian Geological Survey, and since 1996 has been a professor of structural geology and tectonics at the National University of Colombia. Guillermo is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree at Colorado State University, studying “Mechanisms of fault reactivation during brittle deformation events. “