Geography & Environmental Science Student Awards

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 18:00
Callie, Byron, Salma, Kelly and Max receive awards

Geography and Environmental Science students were recognized at the College of Science & Engineering Donor Recognition & Scholarship Awards Dinner:

Callie Royster received the David Johnson Memorial Scholarship, with lead donor Byron McGee in attendance.  David Johnson was a 1986 graduate of the department who worked as a transportation and environmental planner, and the scholarship was established by his family with the hope of encouraging others like David who sought to make a difference in planning transportation projects that advanced environmental justice.  Callie is a senior in the Environmental Science program, and hopes to pursue a career that "tackles the many facets of environmental justice for vulnerable communities through urban environmental planning and policy."

Salma Abdel-Raheem was recognized as a Provost Scholar, which provides an important tuition fee waiver.  This made it possible for her to come across the country to join our program to study threatened organisms & ecosystems. 

Kelly Krotcov and Max Czapanskiy received the Steven R. Pease Award, established by the Pease family to recognize excellence in the study of geography.  Steven Pease was a remote sensing and climatology specialist in the department from 1975 to 1984.   Kelly Krotcov is in the Resource Management & Environmental Planning grad program, and her research looks at tradeoffs of water security and ecological protection during drought in coastal California.  Max Czapanskiy, in the Geographic Information Science grad program and also the departmental winner of the CoSE Maxwell award, is studying bird migration patterns in the Pacific and developing new algorithms for analyzing these data.  

The Johnson, Pease and Vance awards are supported entirely by donations, which we hope to grow to do even more with these awards.  (The Vance Award is a smaller award used to support graduate student research needs.)  You can use the Donate link on the web page to access the College of Science & Engineering donation page, where you can specify the department and please indicate the program (Johnson, Pease, Vance) you'd like to support in the Comment area.