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Geological and Environmental Sciences
Kathy Giottonini
Administrative Assistant
Pacific Geosciences Center
1051 West Mendocino Ave
Stockton, CA 95211

Outstanding Students

Congratulations to our 2016 Outstanding Students

Each year, the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences recognizes outstanding students who demonstrate academic excellence.

This May, we recognized the exceptional work of two students with the 2016 Outstanding Student award:

  • Jessica Robinson, Geology
  • Lily Teu, Environmental Sciences

Congratulations to our 2012 Outstanding Graduates

Each May, we recognize the exceptional work of our college's top seniors with the Outstanding Graduate award.

  • Minhchau "Minnie" Dinh
  • Gabby McDaniel

Minhchau "Minnie" Dinh earned her degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Sustainability. This Pacific Legal Scholar presented her legal research


at the Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference, served as a panelist on Asian Pacific Islander community issues at the National Communication

Association Conference, and delivered two Pacific Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference (PURCC) presentations focused on Biology and 


Minhchau completed two fellowships: One on K-12 education initiatives in Washington DC with the civil rights organization OCA and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center. She was also a policy and law fellow for the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship (PPIA), where she took graduate courses at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

In August, Minhchau heads to Central Vietnam to work on issues such as public health and microfinance as a Pacific Ambassador Corps Fellow.

Gabby McDaniel  graduated with a degree in Geology in December and is currently teaching English as a volunteer at the African-American Alliance Community Center near Arusah, Tanzania. In 2011, Gabby was awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship - Pacific's first recipient. Her stellar academic record earned her membership in Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the Earth Sciences honor society.

Gabby began a multi-year research project in her freshman year, focused on water quality using biogeochemical techniques to understand the effects acid mine drainage on an urban watershed in Oakland, CA. and was awarded a Pacific Fund Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for the project. She presented the results of her work at annual meetings of the Geological Society of America and the Pacific Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference (PURCC). In her "spare time" Gabby pitched for Pacific's Softball team.

In fall, Gabby will begin the Environmental Studies graduate program at the University of Oregon.

Gabby McDanielGeology Student Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Gabby McDaniel '12,
a Geology major, was awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships in the United States for undergraduates majoring in math and science. Gabby was selected as one of 275 recipients nationwide. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in geology with an emphasis in biogeochemistry. One of her goals is to conduct research for an environmental consulting firm.