Geoscience Day 2018


On May 4th, 2018, the Department of Geosciences held our annual Geoscience Day Research Symposium and Awards Banquet. Throughout the day, we as a community come together to celebrate the hardworking students and faculty that make our Center thrive.

From 9:00 am- 12:15 pm, we host two different poster sections, along with a well-deserved coffee break, and an oral presentation section. A total of eighteen posters were presented between these two sections by undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty alike. Oral presentations were then delivered by Mark Robbins, Caitlin McManimon, and Andrew Beard, which rounded out the morning section of our day and brought us to our catered lunch.

Throughout our lunch break, it was clear that members of the Center took the time to reflect on the successes of the 2017-2018 academic year. The room was filled with joy and laughter as faculty and students shared stories, memories, and advice for one another moving forward in their academic journey.

The second part of our day was focused on the key note speech presented by Paul Olsen (Storke Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Columbia University/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) and our awards banquet. We would like to extend our gratitude towards Paul Olsen for joining us on this day and delivering a compelling presentation on fossil preservation and excavation efforts. As the day came to a close, we recognized a few of our amazing student and faculty for their efforts throughout the year. Listed below are the recipients of the following awards:

  • Graduate Student Research Award: Queenie Chang,
  • Graduate Student Teaching Award: Mark Higgins,
  • The Lucke Award: Judith Taylor and Cheyenne Haverfield,
  • Service Awards: Sarah Brisson, Rebecca Vanderleest, and
  • Distinguished Alumni Award: Gordon Binkhorst

These awards are a simple way to extend our gratitude towards these members of our community.

Lastly, we’d like to congratulate the undergraduate students that have completed our program with either a B.A. or a B.S. this year

 Fall 2017

Santos Oppenheimer

Chris Kuveke

Heather Scofield

Joseph Wilcox

Spring 2018

Yulio Araya

Banu Bayraktar

Cheyenne Haverfield

Eric Hong

Benjamin Lee

Alison Luk

Christopher Mangini

Joanna Scuteri

Judith Taylor

Xuetong Wang


As students, you have all continuously shown your work ethic, your passion, and your capability to achieve anything that you set your mind to. We wish you all the best of luck moving forward in your careers!


In total, approximately 75 attendees including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni and members of the UConn administration were in attendance to join us for our 2018 Geoscience Day. This is an exciting day every year, when UConn Geosciences comes together to celebrate a year of hard work. We’d like to thank everyone that attended, and we hope to continue our tradition of excellence as a community!


2018 Geosciences BS and BA Graduating Class


Attendees enjoy the poster session at Geoscience Day

Director Lisa Park Boush gives the welcome address

Keynote speaker Paul Olsen (Storke Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Columbia University/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) gives his talk

Undergraduate senior Judy Taylor presents her poster

Gordon Binkhorst accepts the Distinguished Alumni Award

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