UNC Graduate Student Awarded Prestigious USGS Research Grant

A University of Northern Colorado graduate student has received the most prestigious student award for volcanology research in the U.S.

Amy Burzynski, a first-year graduate student pursuing a master's degree in earth science, will use her Kleinman Grant for Volcano Research from the U.S. Geological Survey to support her work as part of a team developing a methodology to capture high-speed, high-resolution surface topography of an active lava lake at the summit of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano.

The team will include UNC Professor of Earth Sciences Steve Anderson, her thesis advisor, and staff members at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Burzynski, who earned a bachelor's degree in environmental earth sciences with honors from Dartmouth College, was one of just three students in the country to receive a 2014 Kleinman grant.

While at Dartmouth, she served as an intern at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, where her work included detecting crevasses for over-ice traverses on the Greenland Ice Sheet using helicopter reconnaissance, satellite imagery analysis, satellite radar data interpretation, and GIS mapping.

In addition to her research at UNC, she is a teaching assistant for general and physical geology courses.

Burzynski, who received $1,300, was the second UNC student to receive a Kleinman Grant. Earth Sciences graduate student Adam LeWinter received the grant in 2013.

UNC graduate student Amy Burzynski, right, stands next to UNC Professor Steve Anderson during a December 2013 trip to Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano. Also pictured is graduate student Adam LeWinter, also a Kleinman Grant recipient . Photo courtesy of Amy Burzynski,