Lauren Birgenheier portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Geology & Geophysics
  • Associate Professor, Geology & Geophysics

Honors & Awards

  • Experience Energy’s GRIT Award winner, Team category with Dr. Cari Johnson, Team name: “ShePersisted, University of Utah Energy.” for “creating welcoming, inclusive cultures where a new generation of energy industry professionals want to work”, 2019. Experience Energy, 2019
  • Top 20 most downloaded article in Sedimentology, 2017-2018, Birgenheier et al., 2017, A depositional model for offshore deposits of the lower Blue Gate Member, Mancos Shale, Uinta Basin, Utah, USA, Sedimentology, https://doi.org/10.1111/sed.12359. International Association of Sedimentologists, 2018
  • Inspirational Geoscience Educator Award, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation, International level, 2018. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation, 2018
  • 2nd place in Rocky Mountain region for Imperial Barrel Award competition. Primary advisor for U of Utah student team in annual international petroleum exploration competition organized by American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2017
  • Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, annual college teaching award, student nominated. College of Mines and Earth Science, University of Utah, 2016
  • Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, annual department teaching award, student nominated. Geology & Geophysics Department, University of Utah, 2016
  • 2nd place in Rocky Mountain region for Imperial Barrel Award competition. Primary advisor for U of Utah student team in annual international petroleum exploration competition organized by American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). American Association of Petroleum Geologists , 2015
  • Imperial Barrel Award; Faculty co-advisor with L. Stright for 1st place U of Utah student team in annual international petroleum exploration competition organized by American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG); 107 university teams (535 students) entered. American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 2013
  • Myerly-Martin Prize for Excellence in Graduate Research. Department of Geosicences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007
  • Geological Society of America (GSA) Coal Division Best Paper at 2006 GSA Annual Conference. Geological Society of America, 2007
  • Othmer Fellow. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2004
  • Phi Beta Kappa academic society member. Phi Beta Kappa, 2002
  • Outstanding Senior Geology Student. Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, 2002
  • Award for Excellence. Association of Women Geoscientist, 2002

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