Miami University senior Erin LeGalley, a geology major and environmental science co-major, was awarded the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) Coal Geology Division Best Paper Award.
She presented her research, “Electron microscopy investigation of street sediment reveals complexities of coal pollution in Hamilton, OH: cause for health concerns,” during the “Frontiers in Coal Science: Basic Research to Applied Technology” poster session at the recent annual meeting of the GSA.
LeGalley conducted her research with faculty mentor Mark Krekeler, assistant professor of geology. She is the recipient of a 2010-2011 College of Arts and Science Dean’s Scholar Award to continue her research project with Krekeler.
She is also a member of Miami’s Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute 2009-2011 Shaping Sustainable Communities program, a two-year minor that extends classroom learning about community planning and environmental sustainability into the surrounding region of Butler County.