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UGA Geology students awarded the Farouk El Baz Student Research Award from the Geological Society of America.


A note from Dr. Milewski:

Happy to announce that two of my students won the Farouk El Baz Student Research Award from the Geological Society of America. These are highly regarded awards for desert research with only two given per year.

Kudos to doctoral candidate, Lea Davidson for her research entitled, "Improving Transmission Loss Estimates for Aquifer Recharge: Analysis of Post-flood Sediment Drying in Intermittent River Channels" and doctoral candidate Yonesha Donaldson for her research entitled, "A geophysical approach to understand flow and morphology of an inland freshwater lens in the arid southwest, US".

Thank you Farouk El-Baz for this support as well as the support from University of Georgia - Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and UGA Geology Department.

Congratulations Lea and Yonesha!


Two UGA doctoral students win international Geology Award | Franklin College of Arts and Sciences


About the Farouk El-Baz Award

The Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Research was established in 1999 by the GSA Foundation as a Division award administered entirely by Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology. Dr. Farouk El-Baz, Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, contributed the initial endowment for the award. 

The award is given annually for an outstanding body of work in the field of desert research. For the purposes of the award, the term "desert" is restricted to warm deserts rather than polar deserts. "The award is intended to encourage young scientists to strive for excellence in desert research," said Dr. El-Baz, "Desert landforms have not received as much attention by geologists as other types of landforms," he added " we need to encourage and reward arid land studies." Any scientist may be nominated for this award, and applicants need not be geologists or U.S. citizens.

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