Two St. Lawrence University students swept the awards for best presentations at the 2020 Geological Society of America (GSA) Conference—its first remote meeting in its 125-year history.
Claire Bartlett ’21 won the National Council Award for her “Analysis of Coarse-Woody Debris in Four Adirondack Mountain Catchments: Potential Impacts for Paleoclimate Work,” while Gretchen Wambach ’21 took home the Austin Sartin Award for her “Evaluation of Length and Azimuth Measurement Data Using Eight GIS Basemaps: Topographic Maps are Still the Standard.”
Each student’s presentation consisted of a pre-recorded video overview of their poster followed by a live Q&A and review session.
Associate Professor and Chair of Geology Alexander K. Stewart advised both students during their research, which took place throughout the summer of 2020. Though COVID-19 threw a wrench into the projects each student had originally planned, it didn’t stop them from investigating topics that sparked their curiosity and inspired ingenuity. When students left campus in March, Stewart worked with each student to help them tackle a new approach.