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Havens' FURSCA Experience Leads to Internship

A photograph of Zane Havens during his internshipZane Havens, ’12, hasn’t met a riverbed he hasn’t liked. His grandfather Bill competed in canoeing events in the 1948 Olympic Games, his grand uncle Frank was a two-time Olympic medalist in canoeing, and his father, Keith, Albion College's swimming and diving coach, twice participated in the Olympic Trials in flat-water canoeing.

It’s no surprise, then, that Havens’ research interest at Albion has kept him close to waterways on which he could paddle. He spent the summer of 2010 studying the cloudiness of the water in the Kalamazoo River for a project funded by the College’s Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA). The FURSCA experience opened the door for a 2½-month internship with the Bureau of Land Management’s field office in Grand Junction, Colo., where he took measurements of stream discharge and looked for springs in the desert.

Geology Students Take Best Poster Award at National Meeting

Wilch, Hiday and Williams gathering data in Rice CreekGeology students Abby Williams, '12, and Aaron Hiday, '13, won the Austin A. Sartin Best Student Poster Award at the 2011 Geological Society of America annual meeting held last month in Minneapolis. Their poster was part of the undergraduate research session sponsored by Sigma Gamma Epsilon, a national earth sciences honorary society.

Abby Williams ’12 and Aaron Hiday ’13 won the Best Poster Award at National Meeting

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Abby Williams ’12 and Aaron Hiday ’13 won the Austin A. Sartin Best Student Poster Award at the 2011 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN.  Their poster, titled “Assessment of diel cycling in agricultural stream in south-central Michigan- a focus on turbidity”, was part of the undergraduate research session sponsored by Sigma Gamma Epsilon, a national earth sciences honorary society.

Julie Brigham-Grette ‘77 is recipient of UMass’ Conti Faculty Fellowship Award for 2011-12

Professor Julie Brigham-Grette is one of three recipients of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Awards for 2011-12, which consist of a cash award of $3,000 and a year's leave of absence to encourage award recipients to concentrate on activities related to graduate education, research, creative work and scholarly attainment. 

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