June 7, 2004

Contact: Rex Buchanan, Kansas Geological Survey, (785) 864-2106.

4 KU students receive awards from Kansas Geological Survey

LAWRENCE -- Four University of Kansas students were recognized for their contributions to the Kansas Geological Survey at a ceremony in May. M. Lee Allison, director of the Survey, presented cash awards and certificates to the students from the Survey, a research and service division of KU.

Christopher Widga, doctoral student in anthropology from Lawrence, received the Lee and Darcy Gerhard award for student field research. Widga helped supervise an archaeological dig west of Topeka and presented a scientific paper on prehistoric bison teeth recovered from archaeological sites on the Great Plains. The award is named after Lee Gerhard, a past director of the Survey from 1987 to 1999, and his wife. Widga is the son of Syd and Patty Widga of Aurora, Neb., and is an Aurora High School graduate.

Jamie Lambrecht, a Topeka master's degree student in geology with emphasis in geophysics, received the William W. Hambleton Award for student research. Lambrecht has helped analyze seismic data from various Survey projects in the state. The award is named after the Survey's director from 1970 to 1986. Lambrecht is the daughter of Mary Beth Brennan and Randy Goldsmith and Fred and Samantha "Sam" Lambrecht, all of Topeka, and is a Hayden High School graduate.

Brett Engard, a master's degree student in geology from Lawrence, received the Frank C. Foley Groundwater Student Travel Award. Engard is a student assistant in the Survey's geohydrology section and helped with the Survey's annual groundwater level measurement program. The award is named for the Survey's director from 1954 to 1970. Engard is the son of Jim and Nancy Engard, Blue Springs, Mo., and is a graduate of Paso Robles High School in California.

Danli Li, Lawrence freshman in geography, received the Norman Plummer Outstanding Student Award. Danli provided Geographic Information Systems assistance in groundwater-related studies and mapping. The award is named for Norman Plummer, a Survey employee from 1936 to 1969. Li is the daughter of Qing Li, Huazhou, Guangdong, China.

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