Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship

The Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship was established from a bequest given to AGI by Harriet Evelyn Wallace, who was one of the founding members of the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS).  This scholarship is for the support of female graduate students in the United States studying the geosciences.  A new scholar is named each year, and every scholar is eligible for up to two years of support.  The current annual award is $5,000.

2017-2018 Application

AGI is no longer accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Please visit the information page for more information for how to apply next year.  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 2018-2019 scholarship cycle. We also strongly encourage incoming Master's students to apply.  The application deadline for the 2017-2018 academic year was on January 4th, 2017. 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 year remaining in the graduate program. The successful applicant will be awarded $5,000 for her first scholarship year. She will be eligible for a second year scholarship of $5,000 upon successful completion of her first year. However, if the successful scholar graduates within the first year of the award, she will not be eligible to apply for a second year. Renewals are contingent upon request by the Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholar and by meeting the appropriate continuation qualifications. Additionally, renewals will be a competitive "recompete" and scholar must submit additional materials to qualify and be considered. 


Applicants must submit unofficial GRE scores, all post-secondary unofficial academic transcripts, unofficial graduate academic transcripts (if applicable), CV, and write a 500-word abstract about their research interests. 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 Heather Houlton at wallacescholarship@agiweb.org.

Wallace Scholars

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. 




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. 


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.



Annette Patton

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Annette Patton is the second new recipent 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. 


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!


Kelly Deuerling

Katie Duerling

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!