• Acting out the effects of volcanic fumes, Hawaii.
  • Mapping metamorphoc rocks in the Adirondack lowlands.
  • Exploring Mt. St. Helens, Washington.
  • Measuring folds in metamorphic rocks, Adirondack lowlands.

"Hutch" Award

The David "Hutch" Hutchison Award in Geology is presented each Spring at Honors Convocation to a rising junior or senior, and recognizes academic excellence in the geosciences at Hartwick. This $1000 award supports geoscience-related student travel (off-campus J Term course fees, conference trip costs or research travel), and honors Dr. David Hutchison, Professor Emeritus of Geology and founder of several early off-campus educational experiences.

Eligible students must be rising juniors or rising seniors in the Geology major with an overall GPA of 3.5 or better.
Eligible students may apply twice (once as a rising junior and once as a rising senior), but may only win once.

To apply, students must submit a 1-2 page long statement that:

1) indicates your interest in being considered for the award,
2) explains your study plans and how they fit with your career goals, and
3) explains how you plan to use the "Hutch" Award prize to fulfill your goals.

Selection Process
Award winners are selected by the GESC department faculty from eligible applicants, based primarily on academic merit (overall and major GPA; number of major & cognate courses completed; performance in those courses), as well as quality and relevance of application statement. In the event of a tie, financial need will also be considered.

This award was first established in 2012 with a generous donation from Dr. Michael Young '83 and is supported by alumni of the program. Please consider donating to the "Hutch" Award Fund. To do so, please contact any faculty member in the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences, or representatives of the College Advancement office at 607-431-4423.