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Geoscience graduate student awarded prestigious GSA grant for project in Ethiopia

Shelby Bowden, a WKU Geoscience graduate student from Greenville, South Carolina, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Graduate Student Research Grant ($1,775) from the Geological Society of America (GSA) for his master’s thesis project in Ethiopia.

Shelby Bowden

Bowden is the first Geoscience student from WKU Department of Geography and Geology to receive the GSA grant for geological research in an African country.

Bowden is working with his advisor, Dr. Nahid Gani, an assistant professor of geology in the Department of Geography and Geology, on Dr. Gani’s American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund grant-supported pilot project. This project aims to address the complex geologic controls of erosion and uplift history of the poorly studied Ethiopian Plateau, situated within the longest continental rift on Earth, the East African Rift system, as well as the plateau’s potential connection to past climate events.

Read the full story: Geoscience graduate student awarded GSA research grant for project in Ethiopia

Contact: Nahid Gani, nahid.gani@wku.edu

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