Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship

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The application process is now OPEN.  Please visit the information page for more information about the scholarship.  The scholarship is open to all women pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree in the geosciences.  One Master's candidate and one Doctoral candidate will be selected for the 2020-2021 scholarship cycle. We also strongly encourage incoming Master's students to apply.   The application deadline for the 2020-2021 academic year is on January 3rd, 2020. The successful applicant will be a thesis-based, full time student and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship is merit-based and applicants will be evaluated on their probability of successfully completing a geoscience graduate program and transitioning into the geoscience profession following graduation.

Applicants may either be entering graduate school or already enrolled in a graduate program in the geosciences. In addition, she must have at least 1 full academic year remaining in the graduate program. The successful applicant will be awarded $5,000 for her first scholarship year. All Wallace Scholars are eligible to receive a second scholarship of $5,000. Restrictions include the following: candidates must submit a full application to re-compete for the scholarship and continue to be enrolled full time in a graduate program for the full academic year of the scholarship term, and there is a lifetime maximum of receiving two Wallace awards. However, candidates do NOT have to apply in consecutive years.  


Applicants must submit unofficial GRE scores, all post-secondary unofficial academic transcripts, unofficial graduate academic transcripts (if applicable), CV, write a 500-word abstract about their research interests, and a 500-word personal statement. If the applicant is intending on pursuing graduate school, she will need to send proof of acceptance in the program before the award is funded. The successful applicant will have an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher and a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. In addition, all applicants must be active members of at least one of AGI’s professional member societies. Please visit this page for a full list

If there are any questions regarding the Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship or application procedures, please submit inquires to the scholarship coordinator Christopher Keane at keane@americangeosciences.org.

2019-2020 Wallace Scholars

MS - Emily Mixon

Emily Mixon

Emily Mixon is a MS student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Geosciences. She is a member of the WiscAr lab group, where she utilizes geochemistry and geochronology to characterize igneous processes. For her MS, Emily is reconstructing the eruptive history of Calbuco Volcano (41oS) over the last 200 kyr. Emily’s project utilizes 40Ar/39Ar dating, whole-rock geochemistry of lava flows and tephra, and thermodynamic modeling to quantify how eruption flux, composition, and magma storage conditions have changed during the slow growth and rapid retreat of Last Glacial Maximum ice in the Andean Southern Volcanic zone. Findings at Calbuco will set a foundation to more fully understand solid earth-climate connections—a topic Emily aims to pursue throughout her PhD. Her research is supported in part by the National Science Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and her January 2019 field season was supported by a National Geographic Society grant given to her advisor, Brad Singer.

PhD - Stephanie Sparks

Stephanie Sparks

Stephanie Sparks is a first-year Ph.D. student at Arizona State University in the School of Earth and Space Exploration studying continental tectonics and isotope geochemistry. Her research focusses on understanding how the crust accommodates shortening during large-scale continental collision. She uses a suite of methods - including numerical modeling, geochronology, and field mapping - to understand crustal evolution in the complex eastern Himalayan region. Because the eastern Himalaya behaves differently than would be predicted by current models of lithospheric-scale dynamics, she hopes her study will contribute to refining those models. Her research is supported by the National Science Foundation through the Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

2018-2019 Wallace Scholars

MS - Anna Stanczyk

Clarice Perryman

Anna Stanczyk is a Master's student at the University of Utah in the Department of Geology and Geophysics. Rock avalanches are a variety of high-mobility landslides characterized by large volumes (>106 m3), extremely rapid movement (>5 m/sec), and long runout distances. The historical scarcity of these events compels analyses of ancient deposits to improve our understanding of rock avalanche hazards as well as short- and long-term impacts on landscapes. Additionally, large geographic gaps in past reported case studies result in relatively poor understanding of rock avalanches in non-alpine topography and arid climates. As such, Anna is executing 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.

PhD - Nicole Shibley

Clarice Perryman

Nicole Shibley 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.

2017-2018 Wallace Scholars

MS - Clarice Perryman

Clarice Perryman

Clarice Perryman (M.S., exp. May 2018) studies biogeochemistry at the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Earth Science. She investigates carbon dynamics of peatlands and wetlands, specifically studying geochemical controls of methane oxidation in thawing permafrost. She will be conducting field research at Stordalen Mire, a permafrost peatland in Abisko, Sweden, this summer to continue her research. Results from her research will help further validate biogeochemical models of peatland and wetland systems to ultimately produce more accurate model predictions of total carbon emissions.

PhD - Zena Cardman

Zena Cardman

Zena Cardman (Ph.D., exp. December 2018) studies how microbial activity and environmental geochemistry influence each other. Her primary research project is on Manantial del Toro: a submerged cave in the Dominican Republic, and home to huge biofilms that hang like living orange Jell-O stalactites. She is analyzing metagenomic data to identify potentially novel links between the nitrogen and iron cycles in this cave, with a special interest in ammonium oxidation and iron reduction in low-oxygen and variable oxygen settings. She hopes her research will offer insights into what microbial metabolic strategies were viable during oxygenation on early Earth.  

2016-2017 Wallace Scholars

MS - Elaine Young

Elaine Young

Elaine Young is pursuing her Master's at the University of California, Davis investigating Holocene changes in the rate of plate motion, or slip history, along the San Andreas Fault in the Mojave Desert. She combines fieldwork, measuring landforms offset by the fault and collecting samples for the 14C dates, with Monte Carlo modeling to find changes in the slip rate. This has important implications for how scientists think about fault behavior and earthquake predictability, which is directly related to earthquake hazard assessment for the LA Basin. 

PhD - Andrea Stevens

Andrea Stevens

A PhD candidate at the University of Arizona, Andrea Stevens is studying the Sierras Pampeanas of Argentina. Literally translated, they are called the "mountains in the plains" and are some of the easternmost mountains in the Andean system. The location of these mountains are puzzling to geologists because they are as far as ~500 km away from the nearest tectonic plate boundary and have huge swaths of flat plains that separate the high (2 to 6 km in elevation) peaks. Andrea's research uses low temperature thermochronology and sedimentology to constrain the timing and style of deformation and exhumation of the Sierras Pampeanas.

2015-2016 Wallace Scholars

MS - Emma Reed

Emma Reed Picture

Emma Reed is one of two new Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholars for 2015-2016.  Emma is attending the University of Arizona in the Department of Geosciences. Her research uses geochemical and banding proxies from coral records to investigate climate variability.  She is using coral cores from  three different sites in the northern Great Barrier Reef to provide more comprehensive insight into the environmental stressors.  Reed is investigating how corals responded to changing climate patterns in the past to understand how they might react to current climate change. She will be conducting field work in Australia this summer to continue this research.

MS - Annette Patton

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Annette Patton is the second new recipient of the Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for 2015-2016.  Annette is investigating the September 2013 Colorado mass movement events while pursuing her Master’s at Colorado State University in the Department of Geosciences.  She will be conducting fieldwork in 2015 using ground-based surveys of the 2013 deposits, analyzing geospatial data including aerial imagery, topographic data and historic photos.Her work is particularly salient because the mass movements deposited significant sediment loads to streams, impacted building infrastructures and set the stage for investigating ongoing geologic hazards.  Results from her research will facilitate increased hazard awareness and public safety. 

2013-2015 Wallace Scholars

PhD - Elizabeth Denis 

Elizabeth Denis

AGI would like to congratulate Elizabeth Denis for her first Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for 2014-2015.  Denis’ research, funded in part a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, currently integrates geochemistry and sedimentology to  investigate fire and aridity relationships during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) a past hot, CO2-rich climate, and how  organic matter distribution is influenced by sediment dynamics.  Elizabeth's outstanding academic achievements, professionalism and  research accomplishments contributed to her success in recieving this award. For more information, please view the press release here!

PhD - Kelly Deuerling

AGI wants to extend another congratulations to Kelly Deuerling whose Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship has been renewed for her second year.  Kelly is a PhD Candidate at the University of Florida with research focused on examining the chemical weathering of the glacial foreland in western Greenland, using tracers of subglacial hydrologic systems and oceanic fluxes of radiogenic isotopes.  Kelly's academic achievements, as well as her service and research accomplishments made her a very competitive applicant for the award.  For more information, please view the press release here!