Prescott J. Vayda


Bachelor of Science – Earth Sciences, Geological Sciences subprogram, with Research Distinction, Summa Cum Laude
Bachelor of Science –
Evolution and Ecology, Summa Cum Laude
     The Ohio State University, May 2019
     3.95 GPA
     Dean’s List every semester


Undergraduate Thesis: Exceptionally Preserved Fossils from the Silica Shale Lagerstätte (Middle Devonian) of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana: XCT Reveals Detailed Anatomical Information

Dr. Loren Babcock; Professor; School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University

Analysis of soft tissues preserved by pyrite in trilobite, brachiopod, and rugose coral fossils from the Devonian Silica Formation.
  • Scan specimens using X-ray Computed Tomography (XCT)
  • Visually analyze scans using ImageJ software
  • Segment scans using Seg3D software for 3D printing of internal structures observed
  • Research presented at Geological Society of America 2018 conference in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Work will culminate in an undergraduate thesis

Academic Scholarships

  • National Buckeye Scholar – 2015-2019
  • Second-year Transformational Experience Program Fellowship – Fall 2017
  • Buschman Earth Science Scholarship – 2017-2018
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences Alumni Society Scholarship – 2017-2018
  • Mayers Summer Research Scholarship – Summer 2018
  • Arts and Sciences Honors Committee Undergraduate Research Scholarship – 2018-2019
  • Willis E. Rector Scholarship, School of Earth Sciences – 2018-2019



Grader – EARTHSC 1108, Gemstones

The Ohio State University – Fall 2017, Fall 2018

Student Assistant – Polar Rock Repository

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, The Ohio State University – Spring 2018-Present
  • Identify and describe rock specimens
  • Catalog specimens in an online database
  • Photograph specimens for digital collection