Geography & Environmental Studies at Aquinas College

Student Awards

Student Awards

Congratulations to the 2019 winners of the Sister Jean Paul Tilmann Award, which recognizes superior academic achievement: April Shirey (left) and Dana Van Huis (right), pictured here with Sister Vera Ann Tilmann.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipient of the Paul Bieneman Award, recognizing enthusiasm for geography and environmental studies: Sara Boersma, pictured here with Emeritus Professor Paul Bieneman.

Shirey Wins 2nd Place Award at Regional Geography Conference

April Shirey, a senior majoring in Geography, earned second place for her presentation at the 2018 Association of American Geographers East Lakes Division meeting at Ohio Northern University in October. April’s paper, titled “Phalaris arudinacea,” discussed the origins of this grass species along with ecological traits, including its potential benefit in wastewater treatment. Her research was expanded from an earlier Biogeography (GY 360) project.