The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences proudly recognizes outstanding alumni for their contributions to their communities and their careers. Each of the recipients of the college's awards has distinguished herself or himself through exceptional professional, philanthropic, or volunteer service.
The college's awards include the Colleen Swetland Alumni Achievement Award and the Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal. Schedule a meeting with the Earth and Mineral Sciences Development and Alumni Relations team to discuss the award process and potential nominees.
Colleen Swetland Alumni Achievement Award
The EMS Alumni Society gives the Colleen Swetland Alumni Achievement Award to recognize outstanding achievements by EMS alumni. Formerly called the GEMS Alumni Achievement Award, it was renamed in 2022 to honor Colleen Swetland, who retired as associate director of alumni relations the previous year. All alumni who have received undergraduate and graduate degrees from EMS are eligible for this award, and nominations will be accepted from the general EMS community (e.g., leaders of professional societies, business colleagues, EMS Faculty, EMS staff, friends, and family). Self-nominations are strongly encouraged.
Nominations are solicited each fall, and materials should be submitted via email to the Associate Director of Alumni Relations by February 1 of each year.
NOTE: webform applications are preferred; however, you may contact the EMS Development and Alumni Relations Office for a Word document or PDF copy.
- Submit nomination for the Colleen Swetland Alumni Achievement Award >>
- List of Colleen Swetland Alumni Achievement Award recipients
Hosler Alumni Scholar Medal
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.
Nominations for this award should be submitted to the Dean's Office by December 15 of each year. Nomination materials should include, but are not limited to: a supporting letter/statement from nominator, supporting letter/statement from an external EMS source, and current vitae for the candidate (if available).