Geology Professor Dr. DeBonne Wishart, is the winner of the prestigious 2013 Geological Society of America (GSA)/ ExxonMobil Bighorn Basin Field Award. Dr. Wishart is a professor at Central State University in the Water Resources Management Department of the College of Science and Engineering.
The award is sponsored by ExxonMobil Corporation annually, and is presented to the top 5 geology professors across the Nation. This year’s award focused on a one-week field seminar where students and faculty members focused on ‘Integrated Basin Analysis and the ‘Hydrocarbon Systems Play Elements’ of the spectacular Bighorn Basin of North Central Wyoming.
Dr. Wishart’s participation in the week long seminar, along with her expertise in the field of basin analysis, has enabled her to bring back a wealth of knowledge to the college’s geology program.
Fellow professor Dr. Subriamania Sritharan, dean of the College of Science and Engineering states, “She has raised the standard, quality, and instruction of geology at Central State University, engaging tour students in inquiry-based, hands-on, and multiple-assessment methods that include relating critical thinking and analysis of real-world geologic problems impacting our environment. Her unique field experiences will be shared with our students in the Geology program.”
In 2012, Wishart was one of 33 international recipients of the Geological Society of America (GSA) and the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Geological Sciences Travel Award to the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane Australia, where she presented her research on the ‘Hydrogeochemistry and Geothermometry of Thermal Waters of Jamaica’.
Last month, she accepted the invitation from GSA as ‘GSA Campus Representative’ for Central State University.
About Central State University:
Founded in 1887, Central State University academically prepares students with diverse backgrounds and educational needs for leadership and service in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. The University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.