2018 Annual Meeting - Villanova, PA

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PGS Award Winners:

Photos by Chad Kauffman

2018 Distinguished Geographer Award Winner

Rickie Sanders, Professor of Geography, Temple University

Award presented by Keith Henderson, Villanova University

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

Dr. Sandra F. Pritchard Mather, Professor Emerita, West Chester University

Award presented by Tom Wickham, PGS president

Distinguished Teacher Awardee:

Dr. Katie L. Mercadante, Montour School District, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Distinguished Scholar Awardees:


Dr. Diane M. Stanitski, NOAA, Boulder, Colorado                           Dr. Ola Johansson, Dept. of Geography, University of

                                                                                                                      Pittsburgh, Johnstown

Student Contest Award Winners

Awards presented by Tom Wickham, PGS president

Photos by Chad Kauffman unless otherwise noted

1st place, Graduate paper contest: Jonathan Chester, Pennsylvania State University, Leveraging Geographic Information Systems to Support Conservation Activities along Pennsylvania’s “Most Treasured Landscape”

   Photo by Dan Harris

1st place, Graduate poster contest: Charlotte Shade, Villanova University, Predicting Future Land Use in Philadelphia Following Green Infrastructure Policies.

1st place, Undergraduate paper contest: Alyssa Kaewwilai, Gettysburg College, Evaluating Flood Patterns Utilizing Drone Technology and Photogrammetry.

3rd place, Undergraduate paper contest: Alexis Bilsky, West Chester University, Determining Potential Areas for Land Preservation in Harford County, Maryland using GAP Analysis.

1st place, Undergraduate poster contest: Jacob Knouse, Shippensburg University, Using LiDAR to Identify the Remnants of the Abandoned Town of Stockport, PA.

2nd place, Undergraduate poster contest (l to r): Faith Haley, Lauren Schor, Mariah Bowie, Bradley Cullen, Hannah Reddish and Kelsey Albert (not present),  Stratigraphic Analysis of an Estuarine Freshwater Swamp along the Nanticoke River, Delaware.

2nd place, Graduate poster contest: Erin Penzelik, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, The Spatial Distribution of Chlorides in the Beaver Run Reservoir.

2nd place, Undergraduate paper contest: Carlee Benhart, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, GIS-Driven Multi-Municipal Blight Fight.

(With father and long-time PGS member John Benhart, Jr., left)

3rd place, Undergraduate poster contest: Abigail Roberts, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Johnstown, Pennsylvania: Impervious Surfaces and River Walls.

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