Amanda Kotila: 2020 President’s Outstanding Senior Award


The Department of Geosciences has selected Amanda Kotila for the 2020 President’s Outstanding Senior Award, an honor conferred each year to exemplary graduating seniors across campus for their academic accomplishments. Amanda was born in Washington state and raised near Kalispell, Montana. Being near Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake promoted her hobbies of camping, hiking, and cross-country skiing. It also encouraged her love of the natural world and thirst for adventure. These led her to pursue a career as a weather officer in the United States Air Force Reserve. While an injury led to discharge from the service after four years, an interest in science remained. Amanda transferred to the University of Montana and pursued a degree in Geosciences, drawn to the interdisciplinary studies of earth and atmospheric systems. Her goals are to continue to study surface-atmosphere interactions, contribute to the understanding of earth’s climate systems, and promote student excellence and well-being.