AGI Announces 2018 Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship Recipients

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March 5, 2018
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) congratulates Master's student Anna Stanczyk and doctoral student Nicole Shibley as the 2018 recipients of the Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship. This highly competitive scholarship, which is awarded to women pursuing graduate degrees in geoscience, provides a $5,000 award for one academic year. Wallace Scholars who are continuing their graduate studies are eligible to apply for the award a second time.
Anna Stanczyk (University of Utah) is a Master's student at the University of Utah studying rock avalanches. Her current research is a multidisciplinary investigation of an ancient valley-blocking rock avalanche deposit in the natural laboratory of Hop Valley, Zion National Park. Her study fuses geological engineering, geochronology, geomorphology, and stratigraphy to clarify the occurrence and impacts of rock avalanches in areas of restricted topography. It also takes a unique step beyond the geosciences by investigating archaeological implications of a flat-bottomed valley in otherwise steep terrain.
Nicole Shibley (Yale University) is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University studying the dynamics of the Arctic Ocean. Her current research combines theory and observations to investigate ocean mixing processes that are responsible for vertical heat fluxes towards the overlying sea ice cover. She hopes that this research will contribute to a better understanding of the Arctic Ocean's influence on sea ice and Arctic climate. Her research is supported by the Department of Defense through the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program. 
The Wallace Scholarship is celebrating its sixth year supporting women geoscientists in graduate school. The original bequest was given by Harriet Evelyn Wallace, who was one of the founding members of the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS), a national organization and AGI Member Society that facilitates the exchange of information in the geosciences. The scholarship is awarded to the top applicants who most demonstrate a strong likelihood of successfully transitioning from graduate school into the geoscience workforce. To learn more, go to
To make a tax-deductible donation to support rising women geoscientists through the Wallace Scholarship Fund, go to
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The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is a nonprofit federation of 52 scientific and professional associations that represents more than 260,000 geoscientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment.
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