The "Hutch" Award

Hutch Award Recipient, Liz Klonowski '17 with Professor Emeritus Dr. David "Hutch" Hutchison.
Hutch Award Recipient, Liz Klonowski ’17 with Professor Emeritus Dr. David “Hutch” Hutchison.

The “Hutch” Award is an alumni sponsored $1000.00 prize for academic excellence in the geosciences to be used for geoscience-related travel: J Term courses, conferences, or research.

The award is named in honor of Dr. David “Hutch” Hutchison: Hartwick Professor Emeritus, co-founder of the Dept. of Geology and Environmental Sciences, developer of several early off-campus education programs, and world traveler.


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

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. Applications are typically submitted in the early Spring semester. Entries must be submitted electronically in PDF format.

Selection Process

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

Award Presented at Honors Convocation

The award will be publically presented at the Honors Convocation ceremony on typically held in early May. Therefore, the winning candidate must be present at Honors Convocation to publically receive this award.

Past Awardees

  • 2016 – Elizabeth Klonowski ‘17
  • 2015 – Nicole Mehr ‘17
  • 2014 – Jessica Domino ‘15
  • 2013 – Keith O’Connor ’14