RMAG Foundation Graduate Student Awards 2000

Title: RMAG Foundation Graduate Student Awards 2000

Publication: The Outcrop, September 2000, p. 13

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Recipients of the RMAG Foundation’s annual Graduate Student Awards (from left): Sara Rathburn (CSU), Christopher Zahm (CSM), and Timothy Farnham (CU).

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 2000. The Awards, each in the amount of $1,000, are made this year to outstanding Earth Science students at three schools: the Colorado School of Mines, The University of Colorado, and Colorado State University.

The Trustees made their decisions on the basis of: 1 – The perceived merit of the each student’s thesis project as a contribution to the Geologic Sciences in general, and to Rocky Mountain geology in particular, 2 – The students qualifications to carry out the study, as indicated by past accomplishments, and 3 – Faculty recommendations.

The awards were presented by the Foundation Trustees at the regular RMAG Friday Luncheon Meeting on April 7, 2000. Receiving awards were:

Timothy Farnham, University of Colorado. Tim received a BA in geology at Williams College, Mass., and worked as a Minerals Technician for the Forest Service in Idaho before beginning studies for an MS degree at CU. His thesis research focuses on a paleosol that separates two synorogenic packages in the Denver Basin.

Sara Rathburn, Colorado State University. Sara received a BS degree in geology from Colorado State University in 1985, and an MS degree from the University of Arizona in 1989. She also attended Miami University for two years and has worked as a Hydrologist and Geomorphologist with the USGS in Denver and Tucson, and with TriHydro and Western Water Consultants in Laramie. In 1996 she returned to CSU to work on her PhD thesis on mitigating the downstream effects of reservoir sediment release, which she hopes to finish this fall. All of this while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and raising two small children. Sara also received an RMAG Pick Award as an undergraduate.

Christopher Zahm, Colorado School of Mines. Chris received a BS degree in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993, and an MS degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. Chris is currently in the second year of a Ph.D. program at Mines, where he is studying reservoir compartmentalization in basement-involved anticlinal folds, using the Thermopolis Anticline in Wyoming for the surface portion of his studies.