Gautreaux receives recognition from geoscience association


Adams State College junior physical geography/geology student, Janice E. Gautreaux was recently recognized as an Outstanding Woman Geoscience Student of 2008 by the Association for Women Geosciences Laramide Chapter at the awards banquet April 11 in Golden, Colo.

According to the website,, the Association for Women Geoscientists is an international organization devoted to enhancing the quality and level of participation of women in geosciences and to introduce women to geoscience careers.

"I am trying to get all the female geography and geology students to sign up with the association, because it is such a good thing," Gautreaux said.

As a non-traditional student, Gautreaux said she "fell in love" with mapping at her last job. She called Dr. Rob Benson, associate professor of geology, to inquire about the GIS classes and he encouraged her to come to school full-time.

After her company was downsized, Gautreaux was unexpectedly presented with the opportunity to attend Adams State. "I am so glad fate put me in school. Dr. Benson and Dr. Beeton (assistant professor of earth science) are so supportive. I couldn't be getting a better education."

"Janice is an outstanding student," Benson said. "She is thoughtful and energetic. As a self-starter, she comprehends the material and is detail orientated. I enjoy having her in class."

Currently, Gautreaux works out of her home, while going to college full-time, with a geologist in New Mexico, Lewis Rosenberg. She is hoping to spend this summer at the Chuska Mountains on the New Mexico/Arizona border, with Dr. Mary Gilliam, and travel to Scotland for a geology tour in the summer of 2009.

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By Linda Relyea