SUNY Potsdam professor honored by Geological Society of America
Saturday, December 18, 2010 - 7:32 am

POTSDAM -- Dr. Michael C. Rygel, an assistant professor of geology at SUNY Potsdam, has been honored with the 2010 Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching from The Geological Society of America.

This national award is given to one professor annually to recognize excellence in earth science education.

"Mike came to our department at The State University of New York at Potsdam a little over four years ago and immediately infused a sense of energy and enthusiasm that was contagious to both students and faculty," said Dr. Robert L. Badger, chairman of the Department of Geology at SUNY Potsdam. "He has had a significant impact on our program of study, has proved to be an exceptional teacher, has led outstanding field trips for his classes, involved students in top quality research, and continued his own research at an extraordinary level."

Students consistently rate Rygel as one of their favorite college professors, giving his classes high ratings, SUNY Potsdam says.

Rygel has also given SUNY Potsdam students the opportunity to take part in field research at the World Heritage Joggins Site in Nova Scotia and to present their findings at national conferences, thanks to a three-year grant from the American Chemistry Society.

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