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Michael William Mitchell Memorial Fund

The Michael William Mitchell Memorial Fund was established in 1960 by U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas and others in honor of Michael. It provides an annual cash award to outstanding juniors or seniors majoring in Science of Earth Systems. Each year, the award is given to a "geology student who proves himself adept at other liberal arts fields as well as geology—a student of the world."  For the purposes of this award, we consider all Science of Earth Systems majors geology students. Considered also in naming award winners are characteristics and interests typified by the late Michael William Mitchell, whose life and accomplishments are described here.  

Students interested in this award should submit a one page description of why they meet the requirements of the award and how the scholarship will aid their future development and studies, a CV or resume, and ask that a confidential letter of recommendation from someone who can describe the applicant's adeptness in the Science of Earth Systems major and/or other liberal arts fields be submitted by April 1, 2017 to ss376@cornell.edu. We anticipate making 2-4 awards of $3,500 to juniors and seniors within the Science of Earth Systems major each year. Winners in previous years are not eligible for the award.

Chester Buchanan Memorial Award

The Chester Buchanan Memorial Award was established in 1936 by Mrs. Claire Buchanan in memory of her son. The award, which provides a cash prize in the amount of $2,500, is presented each year to an outstanding senior in geology, who has been recommended by the faculty for the award.

Frank H. T. Rhodes Award

The Frank H. T. Rhodes Award was established in 2004 by the Andrew Allen Foundation to honor President Emeritus Rhodes, who served as president of Cornell from 1977-1995 and who has championed education and research throughout his life. The award, which provides a cash prize in the amount of $2,500, is given each year to the senior with the highest GPA in the Science of Earth Systems major.