Outstanding Graduate Students - 2010 Award Recipients


Joel Sankey, Doctoral Geosciences Student at ISU-Meridian

A gifted researcher and scholar, Joel grew up with a fascination for the Earth and its resources. "I've always been interested in environmental science - how people use water, our impact on the environment, and how we can work to conserve resources," Sankey said.

Sankey recently completed his doctorate in engineering and applied science. His research involves using remote sensing technology-sophisticated satellite imagery-to study soil erosion on burned range lands in eastern Idaho. The goal is to identify areas that are prone to wind and soil erosion, restore those lands and work to prevent future erosion, says Joel.

"Joel is a truly talented scientist and gifted in both field-based and laboratory analysis," said his research professor Nancy Glenn. Sankey holds a bachelor's degree in soils and environmental sciences and a master's in land rehabilitation from Montana State University in Bozeman. He will pursue postdoctoral studies at ISU.


Anne Catherine Vest, Fine Arts Master's Student

Vest achieved a 3.97 grade point average. She is an adjunct faculty instructor for the ISU Art and Pre-Architecture Department and works as a freelance graphic designer and a floral designer. Her work has been included in a dozen art exhibitions at ISU or in Pocatello, most recently at the ISU 2010 Faculty Art Show and at her MFA exhibition during fall semester. Her cover art, photography, poems and illustrations have been published in eight publications. At ISU Vest was awarded several scholarships, including a Graduate Student Research Grant and Big Sky Biennial Scholarship. She participated as a judge for the Pocatello Art Center High School Art Show and facilitated an Alternative Media Drawing Workshop. She served on the Board of Directors for the ISU Gallery Walk and for "Feed the 5000." She is married to Martin Vest.

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