Bureau Geochemist Earns Award For Educational Impact For Women

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Bureau Geochemist Earns Award For Educational Impact For Women

SOCORRO, N.M. – Bureau of Geology scientist Bonnie Frey recently was named the IMPACT! Award winner by the New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering. This award is given to a New Mexico woman who encourages other women to develop careers in science and engineering professions.

Frey is the analytical chemistry laboratory manager and a geochemist at the Bureau. She earned the award, in part, because of the mentoring that she has provided to students involved in her EPSCoR uranium project. 


Bonnie Frey


“It feels good to be acknowledged,” Frey said, “and to think about how my career has developed with the influence of other people and how I’ve grown as a person.”

Frey is a co-lead of a project to study uranium mobility and transport in New Mexico. The New Mexico EPSCoR program, Energize New Mexico, is now in its fifth and final year. The uranium team has examined a variety of uranium issues, including mining legacy, mineralogy of in-situ leaching, uranium movement by dust and water, and mineralogy of uranium deposits.

Frey and her collaborators at NMT have had six undergraduate students,  eight graduate students and one doctoral student work on the project since its inception. They have examined water, rocks, soils, and sediments. The last student to graduate examined dust transport at the Jackpile Mine near Laguna Pueblo in Cibola County.

Two other students tested mine waste samples in columns. They mimicked rainfall to study what sort of minerals leached out of soils. Other ongoing studies are examining the mineralogy of uranium deposits.

The N.M. Network for Women in Science and Engineering hosted a joint annual meeting with the American Association of University Women, another group that Frey is involved with. She officially received the award at the NMNWSE lunch in Silver City on October 21.

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