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(source: UL Lafayette News Item: Tue, 05/10/2016)

Four graduate students have been selected as finalists for the Outstanding Master’s Graduate Award, which started with the Spring 2015 Commencement.  Update: Geosciences student Tim Shane was selected as the Outstanding Master’s Graduate! Each graduate program can nominate one student for the award, based on leadership, scholarship, service, and research. A committee, led by the dean of the University's Graduate School, selects the top candidates. A UL Lafayette Alumni Association committee interviews each candidate and chooses one as the overall Outstanding Master’s Graduate. That person will be recognized during the Commencement General Assembly on Friday, May 13, at the Cajundome

Tim Shane is the Outstanding Master's Graduate for the School of Geosciences.  Tim was also honored as the Spring 2016 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni
Association's Outstanding Master’s Graduate.

He has a 3.9 GPA.

His thesis centered on fieldwork conducted at the Eagle Ford Formation, sedimentary rock from the Cretaceous Period in portions of Texas. Shane was instrumental in obtaining permission to access choice outcrops on privately owned land. He performed geochemical analysis of rock samples in Lozier Canyon, near Del Rio, Texas. Samples were analyzed for variations in trace metals, organic content and oxygen levels. Identifying subtle changes in such sedimentary rock depositions could lead to a better understanding for locating "sweet spots" for horizontal drilling for oil and gas. Shane was a member of a team that placed second in the Gulf Coast Region of the International Barrel Award contest. As part of the global competition, university students spend weeks analyzing data to determine the best place to drill for oil.

He holds a bachelor's degree in geology from Texas A&M University.

Shane is the son of Eric and Jena Shane of Beeville, Texas.

Visit the UL Lafayette News item to learn about this semester’s three other Outstanding Master's Graduates.

Photo info: Four students who will receive master's degrees during Spring 2016 Commencement ceremonies are finalists for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s overall Outstanding Master’s Graduate Award. Shown, from left, are: Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL Lafayette president; Tim Shane, School of Geosciences; Cathryn Core, School of Architecture and Design; Bing Chao, Department of Civil Engineering; Sharae Vicknair, Department of Psychology; and Angela Morrison, president-elect for the UL Lafayette Alumni Association.