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College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Awards

Graduates of Earth and Mineral Sciences (GEMS) Diamond Award

Established in 2006, a lifetime membership in the Penn State Alumni Association will be awarded to a graduating student who is found to have the most well-rounded involvement and achievement in both the university and community environment during their student experience with the College.

Meteorology GEMS Diamond Award Recipients

2009 Thomas Sabbatelli
2008 Jennifer Zeigenfus
2007 Alexis Phillips

Graduates of Earth and Mineral Sciences (GEMS) Alumni Achievement Award

The GEMS Alumni Achievement Award is given by the EMS Alumni Society to recognize outstanding achievement by EMS alumni. All bachelor and graduate degree alumni of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences are eligible to receive this award. Special consideration is given to members of GEMS and to young alumni. Nominations are solicited each fall. Each submission should include a supporting letter/statement from the nominator plus a current vitae for the candidate. The GEMS Board will review all nominations prior to their winter meeting.

Meteorology GEMS Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

1993 Douglas Kruhoeffer
1995 Joel Myers
1999 Robert Sax
2001 Gregory Forbes
2004 Jon M. Nese
2007 John G. W. Kelley
2009 Stephen Corfidi

Charles L. Hosler Scholar Award

The Charles L. Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal was established in 1992 to recognize the achievements of alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the development of science through research, teaching, or administrative leadership with emphasis given to those who have earned doctoral degrees. The Hosler Alumni Scholar Award honors Dr. Charles L. Hosler, who retired from the University in 1992 as Senior Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School. To honor his work in meteorology and education and his many years as a faculty member, head of the department of meteorology, and dean of the college, this award was established to recognize the very highest levels of intellectual achievement or academic service attained by those educated in the college.

Meteorology Charles L. Hosler Scholar Award Recipients

1992 Charles L. Hosler
1999 William R. Cotton
1999 Roger A. Pielke
2002 Richard E. Hallgren
2004 John J. Cahir
2009 Richard C. J. Somerville
2010 Warren M. Washington ('64 Ph.D.)

The Pennsylvania State University Alumni Awards

Alumni Achievement Award - Penn State Alumni Association

The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni 35 years of age and younger for their extraordinary professional accomplishments. These prominent young alumni are nominated by an academic college and invited by the President of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators. they demonstrate to students that Penn State alumni succeed in exceptional fashion at an early age. The award is a cast bronze medallion and framed certificate.

Alumni Fellow Award

The Alumni Fellow Award is the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. Since 1973, the Alumni Fellow Award has been given to select alumni who, as leaders in their professional fields, are nominated by an academic college and accept an invitation from the President of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators. The award is a cast bronze medallion and framed certificate. Nominations are solicited from deans and department heads each fall.

  • Deadline:  Nominations for this award should be submitted to the Dean's Office by December 15 of each year.
  • For more information, visit the Penn State Alumni Association's Awards page.
  • List of EMS Alumni Fellow Award recipients 1973-present 


Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor that The Pennsylvania State University bestows upon an outstanding alumnus/a. The award salutes the achievements of outstanding alumni whose “personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their Alma Mater.” The award is an engraved bronze medallion, matching pendant, and framed inscribed certificate.

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Airlines Take the Bump Out of Turbulence Just a few years ago, airlines got their weather reports by telex. Pilots pored over reams of paper and compared the forecasts with their flight plans. Once airborne, they depended on radio communications and rudimentary radar to avoid bad weather. Sep 10, 2014
Stampede supercomputer helps researchers design and test improved hurricane forecasting system Fuqing Zhang and a team of weather modelers at Penn State University have created an improved method of hurricane forecasting Jun 26, 2014
Scientists Predict Increased Rain, Floods for Northeast Residents of New England and the Mid-Atlantic states will experience increased rainfall and floods if data analysis by a Penn State meteorologist and long-term projections by a fisheries biologist, with a specialty in surface water pollution, are accurate. Jun 24, 2014
Conditions at Penn State Weather Camp: Mostly curious UNIVERSITY PARK — Bill Syrett counted down, and more than 40 pairs of eyes turned to the clouds. Jun 24, 2014
Six Things Michael Mann Wants You to Know About the Science of Global Warming There is nothing controversial about the work of climatologist Michael Mann, director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center. Jun 13, 2014
Battle stations for an ice-free Arctic The summer seas around the North Pole could be ice-free in 15 years. Rear Admiral David Titley was given the task of working out what that meant for the US Navy. He talks with Elizabeth Finkel. Jun 04, 2014

For Alumni Relations in the Department of Meteorology, please contact:

Lynn K. Persing

Lynn Persing
501A Walker Building