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We are excited to announce this year's Wallace Scholarship recipients on March 8, 2019 – International Women's Day. Meet the winners below:

  • Emily Mixon is a master's student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Geosciences. "My bread and butter is geochronology and igneous petrology – looking at how [magma] compositions, volumes, and overall eruptive behavior might have changed through time," said Mixon. The Wallace Scholarship money will help fill critical gaps in Mixon's funding, going toward whole-rock geochemistry and 40Ar/39Ar Argon dates, both of which are essential parts of her project. Read more about Emily.

  • Stephanie Sparks is a first-year doctoral student at Arizona State University in the School of Earth and Space Exploration where she studies orogenesis – the process by which mountain ranges are formed – with a focus on the Himalayan range. Sparks, who began her career working in engineering and polymer science, has followed a nontraditional path to her doctoral program. The Wallace Scholarship will fill in some of the gaps in her funding, empowering Sparks to do the work she loves to do. Read more about Stephanie.

March 8 is International Women's Day. Will you help us raise $10,000 to support women in the geosciences? Every donation counts!

We need your help in supporting and empowering women geoscientists through the Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship. Your generous gift supports women who are pursuing careers in the geosciences.

About the Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship

The 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. Each year, we receive over a hundred applications and name one Master's student and one Ph.D. student a $5,000 scholarship. All successful Wallace Scholars are allowed to apply for a second $5,000 scholarship, as long as they are still enrolled as a full-time student within a graduate degree program in the geosciences.

The scholarship has been instrumental in helping women geoscientists to conduct independent research, including purchase of necessary equipment for fieldwork, participation in professional training programs, and logistical support. Thanks to this scholarship, alums of the program were able to pursue their dreams — becoming accomplished geoscientists.

Past Recipient Testimonials

"I was very excited to receive the Wallace Scholarship. It promoted my ability to be an independent researcher because I had my own research funds to use at my discretion. This scholarship was important to me because it helped me to pursue professional development activities, such as attending workshops and conferences, purchase lab and instrument supplies, and partially fund a lab assistant to involve her in my research and help process samples...Currently I am a post doctorate researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory working on topics related to energy and national security issues...I appreciated the flexibility that this scholarship allowed. With each year, the Wallace Scholar community grows, and I would like to thank the donors that make this possible...I hope the Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship continues to support and empower women geoscientists."

— Elizabeth Denis, Ph.D., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

"I study the San Andreas fault in the Mojave Desert, north of the San Gabriel Mountains and greater Los Angeles region... The Wallace Scholarship was instrumental in my successful and timely completion of my MS degree studying the San Andreas. I successfully determined the Holocene (the last 10,000 years) average slip rate for the Mojave San Andreas at two sites. This involved a total of 2.5 months of fieldwork over the course of about 10 months. My fieldwork involves camping, digging excavations to collect samples, mapping the sites, working with landowners, and a lot of logistical preparations. All of this, but especially the camping and other field activities, require that I have personal camping gear and other supplies, like mapping equipment, that aren't usually covered by other sources of funding or grants. The Wallace Scholarship allowed me to purchase the equipment I needed to successfully complete a large amount of fieldwork in a short amount of time...I also used the Wallace funds to help cover costs associated with travel for lab work and for conferences that are not covered by other sources of funding.

The Wallace Scholarship provides women geoscientists with the financial assistance and security necessary to fully focus on their research and career goals as a graduate student, which is something not found elsewhere."

— Elaine Young, University of California, Davis

"I was awarded the first Wallace Scholarship in 2013-2014 and was awarded a renewal the following academic year. The funds largely went toward minimizing the financial burden of a two-month field expedition to Greenland in June-July 2013 to collect samples for my dissertation work, as well as offsetting the cost of presenting at the fall meetings of the American Geophysical Union in 2013 and the Geological Society of America in 2014.

Since graduating in December 2016, I have been working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Florida while taking care of my six-month-old daughter. The Scholarship has allowed me the financial freedom to take this time to figure out the next step in my life, as I want my ultimate career to be something I am passionate about. I am currently on the job market where I am pursuing traditional academic positions, laboratory management positions, and industry positions.

As a woman in the geosciences, I count myself very lucky to have been a recipient of the Wallace Scholarship. In addition to the monetary value, it has also provided notoriety that has allowed me to be a more visible role model to the upcoming generations of geoscientists. I know when I started in the geosciences, I wished for a female mentor or role mode; I plan to continue mentoring and inspiring future geoscientists no matter where my career leads me."

— Kelly Deuerling, Ph.D., University of Florida

"The Wallace scholarship provided crucial support for my Master's research. My research used cores from coral skeletons from the Great Barrier Reef to study climate and coral growth over the past forty years. This work established best practices for combining measurements of coral growth and geochemistry, and showed that these corals were more sensitive to past changes in ocean temperatures than previously thought.

My research also requires surveying reefs and collecting coral cores. The Wallace scholarship funded training for scientific diving to ensure that I perform these tasks effectively and safely. This training would otherwise be prohibitively expensive. These skills have proven invaluable even beyond my M.S. degree. As a Ph.D. student at Boston University, I am collecting cores from live and fossil corals in the Marshall Islands to study changes in Pacific climate over the past 200+ years. My research would be impossible without the skills I developed with the support of the Wallace scholarship.

Ultimately, the Wallace scholarship is essential to preparing young researchers for successful careers. This scholarship allowed me to develop skills and collaborations necessary for my Ph.D. program and beyond. It gave me the independence to pursue research questions that were not otherwise funded, and which fundamentally shaped my research. I hope this scholarship will continue to provide this same support to other young researchers.

— Emma Reed, Ph.D., Boston University

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Pictured above, from left: 2018 Wallace Scholar Zena Cardman; Anna Peterson for AGI's 2017 Life as a Geoscientist photo contest; Christina Byrd for AGI's 2017 Life as a Geoscientist photo contest.