Undergraduate and Graduate Awards

Faculty-Nominated Undergraduate Awards

REGINALD H. PEGRUM AWARD
Dr. Reginald H. Pegrum, our department's distinguished founder, established an annual award to be presented to an outstanding senior majoring in geology. The recipient is selected by faculty and presented with a check and certificate at our departmental Celebration of Academic Achievement and Awards in April each year.

GILBERT JAFFE MEMORIAL AWARD
Charlotte Rosenshine established the Gilbert Jaffe Memorial Award in memory of her brother, Gilbert Jaffe, who received his BA in Geology from UB in 1949 and his MA in 1950. After graduation, Mr. Jaffe entered the field of oceanography at the U.S. Nave Oceanographic Office in Washington, DC.  He began his career in design and development of sensory, telemetric, and recording equipment.  Later he founded and directed the Naval Oceanographic Instrumentation Center and ultimately became Director of the NOAA Instrument Center.  Faculty select a graduating senior who has intentions on pursuing graduate studies in the area of marine geology or environmental science.   The recipient is presented with a check and certificate at our departmental Celebration of Academic Achievement and Awards in April each year.

DOROTHEA C. DUTTWEILER FIELD CAMP AWARD
Alumna Dorethea C. Duttweiler was the first woman to graduate from our department, with a B.A. in Geology in 1937.  This was a time when few women attended university at all, let alone completing a major in a male-dominated science field such as geology.  She eventually became a professor in UB's School of Education, but she never lost her love for geology.  This award has been given annually since 1994 to benefit students attending field camp, with special preference given to female students as specified by Dorothea.   Recipients are presented with a check at our departmental Celebration of Academic Achievement and Awards in April each year.

JAMES P. OWENS SCHOLARSHIP
The Owens scholarship was set up by Lucy McCartan-Owens to honor the memory of her husband James. He interrupted his education to serve in the US military and returned to UB in 1946 under the GI bill.  He received his bachelor's degree from Geology and Chemistry in 1948 and completed his graduate degree in 1949.  His graduate work included extensive study of Cazenovia Creek and he credits the University at Bufalo with much of his later professional success.  The scholarship was set up to assist an outstanding undergraduate student who is interested in fields related to surface and near-surface geology. The scholarship is applied to the recipient's student account and they are recognized at our  departmental Celebration of Academic Achievement and Awards in April each year.

Faculty-Nominated Graduate Awards

REGINALD H. PEGRUM OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS
Thanks to a large donation from alumnus James W. Cadwell,  the Pegrum Fund profides additional awards to outstanding graduate students. Recipients are selected by faculty for outstanding research, teaching, or overall performance and presented with a check and certificate at our departmental Celebration of Academic Achievement and Awards in April each year.

Awards Requiring Applications

REGINALD H. PEGRUM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD
The Pegrum Professional Development Award provides partial financial support to students in the UB Department of Geology for the purpose of presenting research at professional meetings, or attending career workshops or short courses.  Applications for this award are accepted twice per year and are due on November 15th for Fall semester travel that occurs before December 31st, and February 15th for Spring semester travel that occurs before June 30th.

DUANE CHAMPION AWARD
The Champion Summer Travel Award Fund provides partial financial support to students in the UB Department of Geology for the purpose of research-related work in the lab or field, and can include costs for travel, research supplies and analyses.  Applications are due each year on April 1 for work to be completed during the summer months that follow.