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Graduate student awarded Wildland Fire scholarship
Release Date Monday, June 30, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (June 30, 2014) –Trisha Gabbert, a South Dakota School of Mines & Technology atmospheric and environmental sciences graduate student from Rapid City, is the recipient of a $3,000 scholarship from the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) Scholarship Program.

Gabbert is researching biomass burning emissions in Northern Sub-Saharan Africa. As an undergraduate, she studied smoke emissions during a summer internship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

The IAWF awards two graduate-level scholarships to M.S. or Ph.D. students, one at each degree level, studying wildland fire or wildland fire-related topics. Student-submitted essays are evaluated by an international panel of fire science experts.

The IAWF has presented this award annually to members of the fire science community since 2007. For more information about this award and past winners, visit


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