Recognition for Excellence

Geography students are successful competitors for a variety of prestigious national scholarships, academic programs, and professional organization awards. Geography student scholars have been recognized by agencies such as the National Science FoundationNASA, the Association of American Geographers, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Kansas State University geography students have also earned a total of 18 GTU Buzzard Scholarships, the most of any university in the United States.

Chronology of Major Student Awards and Honors

2014Julie CommerfordFellow, Evidence-based Inquiry into the Distant, Remote or Past (EIDRoP), NSF GK-12 Program, Kansas State University
 Kyleen KellyWilliam L. Stamey GTA Teaching Award, College of Arts & Sciences, Kansas State University
 Kyleen KellyMaster's Nominee, Kansas State University, Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award
 Nickolas Patch2014 Scholarship, Society of American Military Engineers, Greater Kansas City Post
 William WetherholtGamma Theta Upsilon Robert Buzzard Graduate Scholarship
2013Melissa BelzFirst Place, PhD Student Paper Competition, Asia Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers
 Melissa BelzFirst Place, PhD Student Paper Competition, Landscape Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers
 Lynn BrienFrancis E. "Gene" Lortz Memorial Scholarship, Central Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
 Bart GrudzinskiDoctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation
 Bart Grudzinski1st Place, Graduate Student Presentation, West Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers
 Kyleen KellyGraduate Student Council Teaching Excellence Award (MA Level), Kansas State University
 Heidi MehlTravel Award, Water Resources Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers
 Heidi RamzelErnest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
2012Ryan BergstromK-State Doctoral Nominee, Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award
 Katie CostiganDoctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation
 Christopher MorrisFellow, Evidence-based Inquiry into the Distant, Remote or Past (EIDRoP), NSF GK-12 Program, Kansas State University
 Christopher MorrisThird Place, Student Poster Competition, Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers
 Caleb WilsonErnest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
2011Melissa BelzEvelyn Pruitt National Fellowship for Dissertation Research, Society of Women Geographers
 Ryan BergstromSummer Graduate Student Research Grant, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies
 Katie CostiganAAG Geomorphology Specialty Group Reds Wolman Student Research Award
 Katie CostiganYSI, Inc. Scholarship and Equipment Loan
 Heidi MehlScience to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 Tyra OlstadFirst Place, Student Paper Competition, Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers
 Nathan OwensErnest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
 Carter WangFirst Place, Student Poster Competition, Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers
2010Rhett MohlerDoctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation (NSF)
 James WellsGrant, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University
2009Ryan BergstromFirst Place, Student Paper Competition, Applied Geography Conference
 Jason CollettMattes Travel Award, College of Arts & Sciences, Kansas State University
 Ben MeadeFirst Place Master's Paper, Geomorphology Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers
 Nicole WayantAbraham Anson Memorial Scholarship, American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
 Nicole WayantAnderson Outstanding Senior Award in Academics, Kansas State University Alumni Association
 Nicole WayantDistinguished Undergraduate Student in Research Award, Office of the Provost, Kansas State University
 Nicole WayantScience and Mathematics Research for Transformation Scholarship, U.S. Department of Defense
2008Ryan BergstromFirst Place Doctoral Paper, Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers
 Erik BowlesFirst Place Poster (Tie), Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers
 Julie CommerfordFirst Place Master's Paper (Tie), Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers
 David KochDoctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation (NSF)
 Tyra OlstadSecond Place Doctoral Paper, Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers
 Sumanth ReddyGamma Theta Upsilon Buzzard Scholarship
 Linnea SandoFirst Place Master's Paper (Tie), Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers
 Nicole WayantSecond Place Undergraduate Paper, Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers
 Iris WilsonMorris K. Udall Scholarship
 2007Scott DeanerWilliam L. Stamey Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Arts & Sciences, Kansas State University
 Nicholas Graf and Jeffrey NeelBest Poster, Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers
 Brandon HaddockFirst Place Doctoral Paper, Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers
 Darci PaullFirst Place, Student Paper Competition, Applied Geography Conference
 Gina ThornburgTravel Grant, Rural Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers
 Darci PaullFirst Place, Student Paper Competition, Applied Geography Conference
2006Matthew GerikeDistinguished Master's Thesis Award, Kansas State University
2005Mary DobbsDoctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation (NSF)
 Darci PaullFirst Place, Student Paper Competition, Applied Geography Conference
 Mitchel StimersFirst Place, Student Poster Competition, Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers
2004Debarchana GhoshFirst Place, Student Poster Competition, Applied Geography Conference
 Paul MannionGamma Theta Upsilon Buzzard Scholarship
2003Bradley HammerschmidtU.S. Department of Homeland Security Undergraduate Fellowship
 Bradley HammerschmidtFrancis E. "Gene" Lortz Memorial Scholarship, Central Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
2000Katrina FrankGamma Theta Upsilon Buzzard Scholarship
1999Holly BarcusFirst Place, Student Poster Competition, Applied Geography Conference
 Holly BarcusGamma Theta Upsilon Buzzard Scholarship
 Shawn Hutchinson and Bradley RundquistFirst Place, Student Poster Competition, Remote Sensing and GIS Specialty Groups, Association of American Geographers
1998Bradley RundquistFirst Place, Student Paper Competition, Applied Geography Conference
 Nancy LeathersGamma Theta Upsilon Buzzard Scholarship
 Nancy LeathersThird Place, Student Paper Competition, Applied Geography Conference
 Shawn HutchinsonSecond Place, Student Poster Competition, Remote Sensing and GIS Specialty Groups, Association of American Geographers
1997Shawn HutchinsonEarth Systems Science Fellowship, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
 Bradley RundquistGamma Theta Upsilon Buzzard Scholarship
1996John McKenzieGamma Theta Upsilon Buzzard Scholarship
1995Shawn HutchinsonEnvironmental Fellowship, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
1994Becky SchuermanGamma Theta Upsilon Buzzard Scholarship
1991Malcolm PonteGamma Theta Upsilon Buzzard Scholarship