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University of Wyoming geology and geophysics graduate students Dan Jones (Ph.D.) and Sharon Bywater (M.S.) received cash awards for having the best student papers in a recent competition sponsored by the Colorado Scientific Society.
Jones received the $500 first-place award for his paper, "A refined interpretation of the Medicine Bow orogeny, southeastern Wyoming: Implications for regional tectonics and crustal growth."
Bywater earned $250 for her second-place paper, "Late Miocene through Pliocene evolution of the Angastaco basin (NW Argentina): Implications for the tectono-climate evolution of the Eastern Cordillera in the late Cenozoic."
Founded in 1882, the Colorado Scientific Society promotes knowledge, the understanding of science, and its application to human needs, focusing primarily on earth science, but welcoming members with interests in all fields of science. Current members include representatives from many earth-science organizations, including federal and state government agencies, universities throughout the region, private industry and individuals.