DEBORAH BEACH SELECTED TO RECEIVE GRADUATE STUDENT
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD; BEN DRENTH RECEIVES PROVOST SCHOLAR AWARD
Two students from Geological and Mining
Engineering and Sciences were honored at the President's Fall 2002 Convocation.
Graduate student Deborah Beach has been selected by the graduate school
to receive the Graduate Student Achievement Award.
Benjamin Drenth received the Provost Scholar Award. He has earned a 3.99 grade point average. He is President of
the MTU chapter of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, a member of
Tau Beta Pi Fraternity, and a research assistant in the Department.
Deborah Beach was chosen
for her outstanding professional, research and teaching experience;
strength of her nomination letter; depth of her publications; and for
service that exemplies doctoral study at the University.
Beach received her BS in Geological Engineering at MTU in 1998 and
following work as a research assistant at MTU and as a project
engineer at MKM Systems and a systems engineer at Church and
Associates, is now enrolled as an MTU Whirlpool Fellow.
She is MTU's
first student in the doctoral program in geological engineering, and has
made four conference presentations with published abstracts and
three conference proceedings papers. She also received the
prestigious National Science Foundation Scholarship award. She is a
member of the American Association of Engineering Geologists and
has research interests related to contaminant fate and transport in
hydrological systems. Beach has also served as a youth instructor,
graduate teaching assistant and personal tutor, and hopes to teach
undergraduate and graduate level courses in the areas of contaminant
transport, hydro-geology and vadose zone hydrology. She would like to
take an active role in course development and classroom education
while working toward her doctorate. According to Ted Bornhorst, chair
of GMES, "I am very excited to see Debbie chosen to receive this
award. Her outstanding professional, research and teaching
experiences exemplify the spirit of graduate education at Michigan
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