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Sarah

Sarah loves studying rocks. She grew up being intrigued by geological science, but it wasn’t until she took a natural hazard class in high school that her love of minerals solidified. Now, as a senior at the University of Arizona, she is studying Geology with an emphasis in structural petrology. She was awarded a scholarship for her academic excellence by the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society.

Most of her time at university is spent writing and researching for her honors thesis. The scholarship will fund her research and upcoming field camp excursion. Sarah’s thesis is centered on zircon dating Picacho Peak, to understand more about how and when the structure formed. Her field camp during this summer is a mandatory trip for all Geology majors to venture on. It is a five-week excursion, that entails mapping, hiking, and camping with other students from around the country. Sarah could not do all this without the scholarship and continued support from the Society.

In her own words:
“I especially want to thank Tucson Gem & Mineral Society for giving me the opportunity to continue to work on my thesis and to make it such much easier for me to attend field camp. It is going to make a world of difference.”

Sarah
19 years old
Focus: Geology and studies at the University of Arizona
Society member since 2016

Ellen

A neighbor invited Ellen to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show where she was ‘in awe” of the new world of rocks and minerals she discovered there. Not long after, Ellen’s husband overheard Andy Anderson talking about minerals and Andy encouraged Ellen to join a weekly micromount meeting hosted by the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society.

There Ellen discovered her love of thumbnails — minerals that fit in cubic box that is no larger than 1”. Her first was an Annabergite. Then, in the first gem and mineral book she bought, she happened upon a page that mentioned Laurium, Greece, and Annabergite. In that moment it clicked for Ellen. Gems and minerals are not only full of wonder, but they are formed all over the world, each unique to its geographical location.

Ellen became a Society member in 1979, and since then, has served in a variety of positions. Ellen has a logical approach and so it was natural that she would help manage the Society’s fiscal affairs and be the Show’s treasurer. She is credited with taking the process digital and creating new holding fund accounts, both of which have helped the society stabilize and grow. The Society continues to rely on Ellen to manage these accounts. Thanks to her insight and ‘can do’ attitude, Ellen continues to support the Society, setting it up for success into the future.

In her own words:
“Volunteer! Remember we are a volunteer organization. Without volunteers the show literally does not go on.”

Ellen
Focus: Thumbnails collector
Society member since 1979

Jessie

From an early age, Jessie always knew she was interested in the outdoors. Growing up, she spent most of her time outside with her family in Northern California. When she entered high school, Jessie realized her love of rocks and taught herself 130 different rocks and minerals by name. Now, as a senior at the University of Arizona, she is studying Geology and has been awarded a scholarship for her academic excellence by the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society.

Jessie chose the University of Arizona because of their reputation as a leader in geological science. Her freshman year she joined the Society of Earth Science Students and has worked her way up from outreach coordinator to president. She hopes to use her role as president to reach out to other clubs and societies and collaborate further.

The scholarship will fund her field camp trip through the western part of the United States this summer. This mandatory trip is a five-week excursion mapping, hiking, and camping with other students also studying geology. She is grateful to TGMS for giving her the opportunity to participate in the program and is looking forward to her future with the Society.

In her own words:

“Thank you for Tucson Gem & Mineral Society's role, not only in paying for the [field camp] aspect of my education, but for what they do in the community. Working with them and getting to know them over the past three years at the Show has been amazing.”

Jessie
21 years old
Focus: Studies Geology at the University of Arizona
Society member since 2014