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Master of Arts Thesis

Journalism Awards

  • Northwest Regional Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards (2013): General News Reporting Category for “Avalanche fatalities rising” story – March 2014

Professional Awards

  • Dean’s Award from the UM School of Journalism – April 2015
  • Dean’s Award from the UM School of Journalism – April 2014
  • STAR of the month from the Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association (PAESTA) – May 2013
  • Undergraduate Student Researcher Award from Penn State Brandywine – May 2013
  • Award for Honorable Mention from the Council of Undergraduate Research – March 2013
  • Two Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards from Penn State Brandywine, 2010 and 2011

Research Publications

  • Published author on a peer-reviewed manuscript in the journal The Earth Scientist – Summer 2013

Research Presentations

  • AGU, San Francisco (December 2014)
  • Under Western Skies Conference, Calgary AB (Canada) (September 2014)
  • The University of Montana Graduate Student Research Conference, Missoula MT (April 2014)
  • AGU, San Francisco CA (2 presentations, December 2013)
  • Penn State University’s Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference, State College PA (April 2013)
  • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (AGU), San Francisco CA (December 2012)
  • Undergraduate Research at the Capitol – PA (URC-PA), Harrisburg PA (April 2011)
  • 22nd Annual Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society) Conference at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia PA (April 2011)


  • The American Geophysical Union
  • The Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association
  • Society of Environmental Journalists
  • Penn State Alumni Association

Additional information

  • Reviewer for a manuscript submitted to BAMS – paper published January 2019
  • Reviewer for a manuscript submitted to The Earth Scientist – January 2014, November 2014
  • UM Undergraduate Research Conference Oral Presentation Judge – April 11, 2014


  • University of Montana, May 2015, MA in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism
  • Penn State University, May 2013, BA in Media Studies, Minors in Environmental Inquiry and Civic & Community Engagement

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