Every year the Judson Mead Geologic Field Station recognizes outstanding students from IU Geology and from all over the country who enroll in its summer programs.
Charles Deiss Memorial Fund
Friends and associates of Dr. Deiss, the founder of the Field Station, established this fund in 1960, following his death in 1959. This fund is intended to provide two scholarships to cover tuition for students at the Field Station. The recipients are chosen by a selection committee of the Department of Geological Sciences.
Scholarship applications for G329 and G429/G429e will be made available to students once they have applied and are accepted into the program. Deiss Scholarships available: $800 each; other scholarships from $100-$400 also available.
Judson Mead Field Station Fund
The then Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences Professor Haydn Murray requested the establishment of this fund in March 1984 in honor of the then retiring Director of the Geologic Field Station in Montana, Professor Emeritus Judson Mead. This fund supports student and faculty research at the Field Station, travel expenses for students, visiting faculty, and scientists, and allows for the purchasing of supplies and equipment as needed. The fund is administered by the Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences and the Director of the Geologic Field Station.
These two Funds have increased to the point that student awards from the Deiss and Mead Funds totaled 27 and 44 awards for 2009 and 2010, respectively. The total value of the awards was $9,150 and $12,500 for those two years. Scholarships are not restricted to IU students.
In recognition of the fundamental importance of experiential, field-based learning in the development of a professional geologist/geophysicist, ConocoPhillips generously donated funds to sponsor students attending the Indiana University GEOL G429 field course. A total of eight $1000 scholarships have been awarded this summer.
One stipulation of these scholarships is that the recipients must agree to provide written documentation outlining their field camp experience and how this award helped make it possible.
This award is based solely upon academic merit and professional promise and requires one letter of recommendation. Applications will be made available to students once they have applied and are accepted into the program.
Charles J. Vitaliano Endowment
A major donation to the Department in 2000 was used to establish a new Charles J. Vitaliano Research Grants-in-Aid program. We are offering $2000 to support student research on the geology and geophysics of western Montana and adjacent areas during the summer of 2011. This Grant-In-Aid is in honor of Dr. Charles J. Vitaliano, a former member of the Indiana University Department of Geological Sciences and the Judson Mead Geologic Field Station. It is meant to recognize his important contributions to the creation of the teaching and research programs at the Field Station as well as his undying love for field Geology.
The grants will be awarded as part of a nationwide competition among students who intend to do research in Montana, part of which will be based at the Judson Mead Geologic Field Station of Indiana University. Professor Vitaliano, who died in April, 2000, had a career-long passion and enthusiasm for Montana geology, as well as strong ties to the Field Station, which he developed during the many years in which he used the Field Station as a base for his teaching and research. Dr. Vitaliano was the instructor for the first field course taught at the Field Station in 1949, and he continued to teach most years until his retirement in 1974. The Lecture Hall at the Field Station was named in his honor during the 50th Anniversary celebration in 1999, which the entire Vitaliano family attended. Mrs. Vitaliano will be informed of all contributions made in memory of her late husband. Application