Senior Awards Presented to DeFelice and Armijo

by westy on May 3, 2015

Two awards were presented today to graduating Senior Geology and Environmental Science majors selected by the faculty for their outstanding performance during their undergraduate years. Chris DeFelice (Gl’15) received the annual Estwing Hammer award, presented now for nearly 30 years in association with the Estwing Corporation.

Defelice w/ zoned veins CA 2015

Defelice w/ zoned veins CA 2015

This award marks the culmination of a great year for Chris, which started last summer as a Weintz Research Scholar working on the Richardson Memorial Contact with Prof. Chris Koteas. Chris presented part of that work at GSA in Vancouver last fall and more at NE GSA in Bretton Woods this spring in NH. This spring, chris was the first Norwich student to be selected for a GeoCUR Excellence Award. Chris is in the inaugural class of the NU Honors Program, and is headed to the University of Nevada Las Vegas this fall where he will be working to earn a M.S. Geology degree.

Roberto w/ sediment traps on Pecks Pond

Roberto w/ sediment traps on Pecks Pond

Roberto Armijo (ES’15) received the parallel Senior Award given to an Environmental Science major. It was a year filled with highlights, including receipt of a Subaru-­‐Geological Society of America Minority Scholarship Award. During his four years at Norwich, Roberto worked on a variety of projects, including assisting Profs. Grigg and Dunn with a VT-EPSCoR grant that involved monthly monitoring of Pecks Pond water chemistry. The team presented their work at NE GSA, where Roberto and his fellow Seniors Rob Hickey and Megan Mason presented their collaborative Senior project on additional work on Pecks Pond. Roberto is still exploring his next step in life, trying to merge his strong commitments to both service and professionalism.

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