2019 Annual Meeting - Pittsburgh, PA

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PGS Award Winners:

Photos by Brent Zaprowski

K-12 Distinguished Teacher Awardees:


Karen M. Babyak, Frazier School District Robert C. Saveikis, Greater Latrobe School District

Awards presented by Tom Wickham, PGS president

PGS Distinguished Mentor Awardee:

William B. Kory, Professor, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Award presented by Tom Wickham, PGS president

Ruby S. and E. Willard Miller Lifetime Achievement Awardee:


John Katana, Indiana Area School District (posthumously awarded - accepted by John Benhart, Jr.)

Award presented by Tom Wickham, PGS president

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Distinguished Geographer Awardee:

Dr. Brent McCusker, Professor, West Virginia University

Award presented by Tom Mueller, California University of Pennsylvania

Student Contest Award Winners

Awards presented by Joseph Zume, PGS president-elect

Photos by Brent Zaprowski

1st place, Graduate Paper Contest - Amanda Barclay, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Geospatial Intelligence Analysis of the Impact of a Category 5 Hurricane on the Miami, Florida Metropolitan Area.

2nd place, Graduate Paper Contest - Kristina Thomas, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Old vs New: Using an Urban Heat  Island Index to Assess Urban and Environmental Planning Principals in Jaipur, India.

1st place, Undergraduate Paper Contest - Brad Cullen, Salisbury University. Defining Shorebreak along Coastal Beaches.

2nd place, Undergraduate Paper Contest - Adam Wells, California University of Pennsylvania. Digitizing the 36FA26 Archeological Site.

1st place, Graduate Poster Contest - Olivia Wolff, Ohio University. Soil Erosion from Off-Road Vehicle and Hiking Trails in the Ironton Ranger District of Wayne National Forest, Ohio.

1st place, Undergraduate Poster Contest -  Joece Lynn, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Analyzing the Suspended Sediment: Eureka Mine No. 37.

2nd place, Undergraduate Poster Contest - Mariah Bowie, Salisbury University. Analysis for Estrogen in Surface Waters of Wicomico and Worcester Counties.

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