UM Graduate Student Wins Outstanding Presentation Award

March 01, 2018

MISSOULA – University of Montana graduate student Isabellah von Trapp recently received an Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

UM graduate student Isabellah von Trapp works in the field. Von Trapp is studying mountain block hydrology as she pursues a master’s degree from UM’s Geosciences program. Originally from Salem, Oregon, she plans to complete her degree this year.

AGU’s fall meeting is the largest international earth science meeting with more than 20,000 abstracts submitted in subjects ranging from space physics to global climate change. The award von Trapp received goes to less than 5 percent of student presenters from the best universities around the world.

“Finding out that I won an OSPA was quite an honor,” von Trapp said. “While at the conference, I had the opportunity to see some exceptional presentations from other students, so it was quite gratifying to hear that my work was on par with theirs.”

“This award highlights that the high-quality, high-impact research UM students are doing is being recognized at the highest levels,” said Payton Gardner, UM assistant professor of hydrogeology.

Von Trapp also won outstanding student poster at the Montana Chapter of the American Water Resource Association meeting this fall.

“She’s pretty much killing it,” Gardner said.


Contact: Payton Gardner, assistant professor of hydrogeology, UM Geosciences, 406-243-2459,