Sean Czarnecki, an Angelo State University senior pursuing a triple major in geoscience, mathematics and physics, won the Outstanding Student Paper Award at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in December in San Francisco. 


Award winners were announced Feb. 2, and Czarnecki won the Outstanding Student Paper Award over thousands of other entries from students representing universities around the world. His research paper presentation was titled “New Mapping in the Sand Springs Range of Western Nevada Clarifies and Constrains Regional Deformation Sequences of the Luning-Fencemaker Thrust Belt.”

Czarnecki completed the research for his paper presentation in conjunction with fellow ASU student and co-author Jacob Jarvis of Midland, who was unable to attend the AGU conference. Their faculty research mentor was Dr. Joe Satterfield, professor of geology.

A San Angelo resident from Idaho, Czarnecki is carrying a perfect 4.0 grade point average at ASU. He is a regular on the ASU Dean’s List and is a member and former officer of the Geologic Exhibition Organization (GEO), Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Mathematical Association of America student organizations. He is also a member of the SPS Peer Pressure Team that annually conducts a Physics Summer Road Tour, presenting physics demonstrations in public schools throughout Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. He has also presented his research at the ASU Undergraduate Research Symposium and several other professional conferences.

Established in 1919 by the National Research Council, the AGU is an international nonprofit scientific association with more than 62,000 members. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., its mission is to promote discovery in earth and space science for the benefit of humanity by creating international partnerships, publishing research, and supporting individual scientists and students. More details are available at

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