RMAG Foundation Scholarship

The Trustees of the RMAG Foundation may elect to award this scholarship to an applicant demonstrating outstanding research abilities and achievement. There are no restrictions on school affiliation or field of study as long as it is geoscience oriented. The Trustees may not elect to award the Scholarship every year.

The 2023 RMAG Foundation Scholarship was awarded to:

Molly McCreary, Ph.D. Candidate, Geology, University of Utah

Molly McCreary, Ph.D. Candidate, Geology, University of Utah

Molly’s dissertation topic is “Mapping of a landslide in Serpentine Valley in Prince William Sound, Alaska.” Molly’s work is under the direction of Dr. Jeff Moore. Molly will address the question of why certain paraglacial slopes become critically stressed and why acceleration occurs even after small amounts of ice are removed. She will develop a numerical model using GPS measurements of the landslide, which will them be used to evaluate thermal, hydrologic and mechanical stresses present at the rock slope surface. When paired with rock mass characterization evaluations gathered during field mapping, the model will demonstrate and help predict the progressive slope damage over time in valleys that have experienced multiple cycles of glaciation.

Molly has a M.S. in Geology and a B.S. in Geophysics from Texas A&M University, College Station. She also has a B.A. in English with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Texas, Austin.