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

Outstanding Students

Minhchau 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 Economics.

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.

Meet Our Outstanding 2011 Graduates

At the end of the year, each of the academic departments and interdisciplinary programs in the College of the Pacific honors a truly exceptional graduating senior or group of seniors with the Outstanding Graduate Award. This award is given to students who have not only earned a consistently high academic record, but who have also been actively involved in the discipline through activities, research, or special projects.

Chris Brown - Environmental Science
Chris Brown completed a double major in Environmental Science and Music. He participated in the Honors Program at Pacific and graduated cum laude. Chris is a member of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the earth science honor society. As a double major, he had to carry very high course loads (often 19 units and solo classes on top of that).  Chris has a deep love of learning and is intensely curious. During an internship with the City of Stockton, he compiled the city's Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory. He conducted a similar audit for Pacific, presenting the results at PURCC last year. Chris is very active on campus-a member of the pep band and Phi Mu Alpha, the music fraternity. This year, he served as the Peer Advisor for the REELL program, a learning community focused on environmental issues.  After graduation, Chris will enter a credential program at CSU East Bay, and he plans to become a high school science teacher.

Luke Crawford - Geology
Luke Crawford spent 6 years in the Navy after high school and was a student at Modesto Junior College before transferring to Pacific. While working on his AA, he interned with the Civil Engineering office of the City of Modesto. Luke is a very dedicated, hardworking student who is graduating magna cum laude. He was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the earth science honor society. Luke undertook a daunting undergraduate research project with Dr. Burmeister to develop a method of turning traditional paper-based maps into new, cutting edge GIS geospatial databases. He presented his research at the 2010 Geological Society of America meeting. His presentation attracted the attention of the USGS and several state geologic surveys, in addition to ESRI, the software developer.  Luke plans to pursue a Master's degree in hydrogeology.

Robyn Mendoza - Environmental Studies
Robyn Mendoza transferred to Pacific from Delta College and she has been a welcome addition to our program. Robyn is a single mother and has a job, yet carried a full course load and managed it all with a smile. Despite this heavy schedule, she took on an undergraduate research experience with Dr. Rademacher, looking at acid mine drainage issues in Oakland. Last summer, Robyn had an internship with Calaveras Big Trees, in which she developed educational programs and demonstrated her gift for explaining environmental issues to all ages. The experience convinced her that she wants to work as a park ranger and, having excelled on the preliminary tests and interviews, she is well on her way!

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.

Student-Faculty Team Present at Geological Society of America Meeting

Luke E. Crawford '11 and Dr. Kurtis Burmeister presented their paper "Compiling a GIS-based geologic map from multiple legacy formatted data sources" at the 2010 annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver, Colorado (October/November).