GSA/ExxonMobil Field Camp Excellence Award
The GSA/ExxonMobil Field Camp Excellence Award for 2012 was awarded to the Judson Mead Geologic Field Station of Indiana University. The award is given in recognition of the awareness, diversity, and technical excellence of one geology field camp instructor.
A formal presentation of the award was done during the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. In addition to the large stone award and plaque, a financial award of $25,000 was also given. These funds were used to obtain AED devices that can be taken into the field with student groups, so that they would be available for emergencies given the remote locations used in our courses. Dr. Bruce J. Douglas accepted the award.
Every year the Judson Mead Geologic Field Station recognizes outstanding students from across the country who enroll in its summer programs with scholarships to help defray the cost of its courses. A number of different sources of funding are used to provide the various scholarship awards made each year. A brief description of the sources used for funding the various scholarships is provided below.
In the recent past, upwards of 60% of the students attending our courses have been awarded a scholarship. The recipients of scholarships are chosen by a selection committee composed of faculty members of the Department of Geological Sciences associated with the courses. This committee will make the decision as to which source of funding is most appropriate for the individual awards. The primary criterion for the awarding of scholarships is academic merit.
Note that a single application is used for all of the scholarships and the letter of recommendation submitted with the course application will be used in support of the scholarship applications. Scholarship awards will be applied directly to the student's Bursar's bill.
Friends and associates of Dr. Deiss, the founder of the Field Station, established this fund in 1960, following his death in 1959. This fund provides two $800 scholarships to cover tuition for the top applicants in each course offered through the Field Station (G433 and G429) with preference given to students who attend Indiana University.
An endowment was established in March 1984 in honor of Dr. Judson Mead, the then retiring Director of the Geologic Field Station in Montana. This fund supports student scholarships for courses offered at the Field Station, student and faculty research in the region, travel expenses for students, visiting faculty, and scientists, and allows for the purchasing of supplies and equipment as needed.
A range of scholarships are available from $400 – $100 to cover the tuition for students attending one of the courses offered through the Field Station. In any given year, 30–40 scholarships are awarded from this fund. Application form
NAGT awards a number of scholarships for students taking an advanced field course for geosciences majors. This is a national competition for students enrolling in any of the summer programs offered throughout the country, not just the courses offered by Indiana University. This scholarship should be considered as independent of any scholarship awarded by the IUGFS.
For more information on how to apply visit the NAGT website at http://nagt.org/index.html.