Dr. Laura Guertin is known to many on the Penn State Brandywine campus for her dedication to community service and the enrichment of the campus and its students. As the campus' associate professor of earth sciences and coordinator for the Jane E. Cooper Honors Program, the Campus Schreyer Honors College and the Environmental Inquiry Minor, it is only fitting that Guertin should be recognized nationally for her unparalleled dedication to her field as the Geological Society of America's 2009 recipient of the Donald and Carolyn Biggs Earth Science Teaching Award. 

The award was created to recognize and reward the efforts and accomplishments of exceptional college teachers early in their academic careers. The Biggs Award, which recognizes innovative and effective teaching of earth science among early career faculty, is the Geoscience Education Division's Named Award. Earth science instructors and faculty from all academic institutions engaged in undergraduate education, who have been teaching full-time for 10 years or less are eligible.

An award of $750 is made possible as a result of support from the Donald and Carolyn Biggs Fund, the GSA Geoscience Education Division, and GSA's Education and Outreach Programs.
Guertin will receive the award at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting in Portland, Ore., October 17 through 21. She is the first person from the entire Penn State system to earn this national recognition.