The Belt-Brophy Prize in Geology

The Belt-Brophy prize, formerly the Stearns prize, is given to that student at the end of the junior year who, in the judgement of the Department of Geology, has shown the greatest promise for success as a geologist. The prize is given in honor of Professors Edward S. Belt and Gerald P. Brophy who, through their combined 78 years of teaching, brought Geology at Amherst College into a 21st Century study of the Earth and Environment. The prize is a Brunton compass, the most important geological field tool in the past and for the future.