As part of Geologic Map Day (October 19, 2018) and Earth Science Week (October 14-20, 2018), the U.S. Geological Survey invited university-level students to enter its 2018 Best Student Geologic Map Competition. The contest will be judged at the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 4-7, 2018.
The U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with AGI, GSA, GSA Foundation, Association of American State Geologists, American Institute of Professional Geologists, and the Journal of Maps, is proud to be hosting the 6th annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition at the GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. The competition will highlight student research from around the world that utilizes field mapping and the creation of geologic maps as a major component.
The competition is open to all students, at any level of their academic career (B.S., M.S., or Ph.D.), who have created a geologic map through their recent and substantial field work.
Students may enter the competition by submitting their abstracts by August 14, 2018 at 11:59pm PDT.
The top three student geologic maps will be selected for recognition and awards at a special judging session at the GSA Annual Meeting. An official announcement will be made on the GSA website, GSA Today and GSA Connection, AGI Spectrum, and the USGS website.
- The First place awardee will receive a Brunton Compass (sponsored by AASG), along with a limited run opportunity in the Journal of Maps.
- The Second place student will receive a rock-hammer and hand lens sponsored by the AIPG.
- The Third place student will receive a GSA publication (book, fieldtrip guide, or memoir) sponsored by the GSA Foundation.
2017 Geologic Map Contest Winners:
2017 First Place
2017 Second Place
2017 Third Place
2016 Geologic Map Contest Winners:
2016 First Place
2016 Second Place
2016 Third Place
Mary Kate Fidler, University of California, Santa Barbara
2015 Geologic Map Contest Winners:
2015 First Place
Paul "Vade" Scruggs, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2015 Second Place
Vincent Cunningham, College of William and Mary
2015 Third Place
Robyn Daniels, University of Missouri, Kansas City
2014 Geologic Map Contest Winners:
2014 First Place
Chad W. Carlson, University of Nevada, Reno
GEOLOGIC MAPPING AT THE NORTHERN TERMINUS OF THE CENTRAL WALKER LANE, WESTERN NEVADA: KINEMATICS AND STRAIN TRANSFER MECHANISMS IN AN EVOLVING TRANSFORM PLATE BOUNDARY
2014 Second Place
Russel V. DiFiori, University of Nevada, Reno
STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF GOLD MINERALIZATION IN THE SOUTHERN EUREKA MINING DISTRICT, NEVADA: A PREDICTIVE STRUCTURAL SETTING FOR CARLIN-TYPE GOLD DEPOSITS
2014 Third Place
Joel H. Edwards, University of Nevada, Reno
STRUCTURAL CONTROLS AND PRELIMINARY GEOLOGIC MAP OF THE NEAL HOT SPRINGS GEOTHERMAL AREA, MALHEUR COUNTY, OREGON