Sara Stotter, a graduate student in the Department of Geosciences brought home one of the top honors presented during the Geological Society of America's annual meeting Nov. 4-7 in Indianapolis. Sara won first place in the Best Student Geologic Map Competition. As the top winner, she received a Brunton Compass as well as the opportunity to have her map published for a limited run in the Journal of Maps.
Sara is a master’s student working with Dr. Julia Baldwin. Her project involved mapping an entire 7.5-minute quadrangle near Dillon, MT. Funding for her project was provided by the USGS EDMAP program in collaboration with the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology.
The annual geologic map competition is hosted by the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program and the Geological Society of America (GSA), with additional sponsorship from the GSA Foundation, Association of American State Geologists (AASG), American Geosciences Institute (AGI), American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), and the Journal of Maps. The intent is to bring together student geologic mappers from around the world and provide a unique opportunity to recognize those students for their hard work and dedication to the geosciences.