3/05/2020 Peter Durantine

Geoscience Senior Earns First Place in State Poster Competition

Franklin & Marshall College geoscience major Elizabeth Driscoll received first place for her research poster by the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists. 

Awarded a prize of $1,500 in this competitive program, Driscoll also will have a write-up in PCPG’s quarterly newsletter about her research. The senior has presented at two F&M Research Fairs. She has received a Hackman Scholars award, a Leser Award, providing funds for outstanding student-initiated research projects in the natural sciences, and a Franklin & Marshall Committee on Grants stipend for her work. 

“The thing that I like most about doing research in paleoclimate and geology is that it feels like solving a puzzle—I examine multiples lines of evidence and piece them together to reconstruct what the Earth looked like in the past,” she said.

  • In the Chilean desert, Driscoll looks for the best place to obtain a rock sample that she will return with to F&M for analysis in the Department of Earth and Environment while Professor Carol de Wet searches for more good samples. In the Chilean desert, Driscoll looks for the best place to obtain a rock sample that she will return with to F&M for analysis in the Department of Earth and Environment while Professor Carol de Wet searches for more good samples. Image Credit: Andrew de Wet

With the Dr. E. Paul & Frances H. Reiff Professor of Geosciences Carol de Wet and Professor of Geoscience Andrew de Wet, Driscoll traveled to the Atacama Desert in Chile last summer to conduct fieldwork and collect samples for her independent study research project. 

Driscoll co-authored an article with the de Wets; Samuel Patzkowsky ’20; two F&M alumni, Chi Xu ‘15 and Sophia Gigliotti ’15; and two other researchers. It appeared in the December 2019 Geological Society of America Bulletin.

 As co-author on two professional abstracts, Driscoll will present her work at the regional Geological Society of America meeting in Reston Va., later this month.

“My post-graduate plans are to attend a master's degree program in geosciences at either Colorado State University or the University of Michigan,” she said.

Driscoll’s winning poster graces the hallway, near room 112, of the Hackman Physical Sciences Laboratories. 

  • Driscoll with her winning poster.
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