Sarah VanderMeer ’10

Sarah VanderMeer ’10 graduated from
Western Michigan University in April 2018 with
a Ph.D. in geosciences. Her research involved
mapping the surficial geology of Pictured
Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper
Peninsula and then interpreting the former
glacial history of the region. Her map won the
“Best Student Geologic Map Competition”
at the 2017 Geological Society of America
meeting. Among other awards earned as part of
her graduate education, she was presented the
All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness
Award for outstanding teaching contributions
at Western Michigan University. The All-
University Awards, Teaching and Research,
are the highest awards a graduate student
can achieve at WMU and require faculty

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