Michael Cornebise, chair of Eastern Illinois University's Department of Geology/Geography, has received the Distinguished Geographer Award from the Illinois Geographical Society.
The award recognizes Cornebise's contributions to the IGS, as well as his efforts to advance geography in Illinois.
Specifically, the awards committee cited Cornebise's work as editor of the IGS journal (The Bulletin) for the past three years, his work as president of the organization this past year, his organization of IGS's 2007 annual meeting in Charleston, and his record of publications and awards received at EIU.
Cornebise began teaching at EIU in 2000. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado, his master's degree from Louisiana State University, and his doctorate from the University of Tennessee.