In 1936, Physsis "FeFe" Wilcken was the first woman to receive a master's degree in geology at the University of Utah. After a long career in physical therapy, Wilcken began volunteering at the University of Utah in 1968, helping to prepare dinosaur fossils for the geology laboratory.

In 1978 she moved to the Museum of Natural History, where she now spends each weekday cleaning, identifying, labeling and cataloging the invertebrate fossil collection.Wilcken's volunteer service not only let her renew an interest in geology but won her the honor of being named the first recipient of the "Museum Volunteer of the Year Award" from the Utah Museum Volunteers Association.

"Ms. Wilcken exemplifies the dedication and enthusiasm that all museum volunteers bring to their subjects and museums," said UMVA president George Ivory.