Helen Lang, associate professor in the West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography, was recently honored with an American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) Scholarship Foundations’2003 Honorary Award. The Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies (EFMCS) selected her as their nomineeone of the six recipients nationwide.

As part of her award, Dr. Lang was given the opportunity to select two graduate students to receive scholarship grants from the AFMS . She chose two women from the geology graduate program in the Eberly College of Arts and SciencesLacoa L. Corder of Belington, and Sandra R. Waresak of Meadow Lands, Pa.. Each will receive $2,000 per year for two years of study.

Corder earned a bachelor of science degree from WVU in natural resource management, and is currently pursuing a master’s in geology with an emphasis in hydrogeology.

Waresak is a nontraditional student with a B.A. in economics (1990) and a B.S. in geology (2001). She worked for a time in between earning degrees. She also plans to complete an M.S. and possibly a Ph.D. degree at WVU , specializing in geomorphologypossibly the engineering geology behind landslides and debris flow.

Lang is the WVU campus representative for the Geological Society of America and the administrator of the distinguished lecturer program for the Mineralogical Society of America.

“This is a wonderful tribute to Dr. Lang and a special recognition of her success,”said M. Duane Nellis, dean of Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.