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USU Geology Students Receive Scholarships at Statewide Gathering

Thursday, Apr. 07, 2016

USU geology scholars, Amy Moser, Kendra Bunnell and Kelsey Wetzel receiving scholarships

USU geology scholars, from left, Amy Moser, Kendra Bunnell and Kelsey Wetzel received scholarships from the Salt Lake Chapter of the Association of Women Geoscientists.

Three Utah State University scholars were honored with scholarships at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Salt Lake Chapter of the Association of Women Geoscientists held March 26 in Salt Lake City.

Amy Moser, a master’s student, received the Geoscience Research Scholarship. The scholarship provides travel funds to enable a student to present research at a regional or national professional meeting.

Kendra Bunnell and Kelsey Wetzel, both undergraduate students, each received the Susan Ekdale Memorial Field Camp Scholarship. The scholarship provides funding to defray a student’s mandatory field camp expenses.

“These students are excellent scholars and well-deserving of these awards,” says David Liddell, head of USU’s Department of Geology. “We applaud their achievements and are grateful to the Salt Lake AWG Chapter for this recognition.”

Moser, who is the College of Science’s 2016 MS Researcher of the Year, studies the development of faults in California’s San Andreas Fault Zone with faculty mentor Jim Evans. She presents the talk, “Geeking Out on Rocks,” at Ignite USU Friday, April 15, at noon, in the South Atrium of the Merrill-Cazier Library, during USU Research Week 2016.

Moser is also among four Ignite USU scholars, who will present during a special USU Sunrise Session Friday, April 22, 2016, coordinated by the USU Office of Research and Graduate Studies, in Salt Lake City.

Bunnell is pursuing research with faculty mentor Joel Pederson, and Wetzel is active with geoscience education outreach.

Salt Lake’s AWG chapter holds fundraisers each year to support scholarships for undergraduate and graduate geology students in all of Utah’s universities. According to the association’s website, the mission of AWG is to attain equality of opportunity for women in the geosciences and train new leaders by funding high impact programs for women in the geosciences.

Related links:

USU Department of Geology

USU College of Science

Contact: USU Department of Geology, 435-797-1273,

Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,

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