Dr. Briget Doyle of the Hope College faculty has received a national award for a research paper from the Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG).

Doyle, who is a visiting NSF-AIRE Scholar in the department of geological and environmental sciences at Hope, was honored as the 2003 winner of the AEG's Graduate Division Professional Paper Competition on Thursday, Sept. 18, during the association's annual meeting in Vail, Colo. She was recognized for her paper "Seismically-Induced Lateral Spread Features in the New Madrid Seismic Zone," selected by a panel of former AEG presidents. The paper will be published in the journal "Environmental and Engineering Geoscience."

Doyle joined the Hope faculty this fall for a year-long appointment. Her appointment is through a program established with an "Award for the Integration of Research and Education" (AIRE) that Hope received from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1998. The $500,000 grant, one of only 10 nationwide, provided support in four general areas: expanding research experiences in science and mathematics courses; providing science research experiences to students planning to become secondary teachers; enabling visiting scholars to engage in student-faculty research; and joining with high school teachers to explore approaches for both high school and college students.

Doyle graduated from Western Michigan University in 1996. She completed an additional bachelor's degree, as well as a master's and doctorate, at the University of Missouri.