There are several awards given annually by AAPG to foster and recognize excellence and accomplishment in the geosciences.
The AAPG Foundation Chairman’s Award is the first award established by the Foundation. It is to be given to recognize persons who have made extraordinary contributions (monetary or service) to the AAPG Foundation, and also to call attention to the role and value of the Foundation.
A selection committee consisting of the Chairman of Trustees and the Trustee Associates and the other appointed person by the Trustee Chair identifies and recommends appropriate recipients to them for final approval, based on the individual’s merits and service to the Foundation. Although it is possible that the award will be given each year, there is no requirement that it must be an annual award.
The recipient need not be a living person, as the Trustees have declared that the award can also be made posthumously. Presentation should be made at a Trustee Associate’s meeting or the Chairmen’s Reception at the annual meeting.
Hardin-Simmons University and David S. Holland established the Holland Award of Excellence in 2008. This cash award is given annually to a high-achieving faculty member from the Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics for professional enrichment. The 2013 recipient is
Dr. Patrick Miller.
Note: We are sad to learn that David “Scotty” Holland passed away on January 5, 2013. We will miss him and are thankful for the opportunity to have known him and for what he brought to the AAPG Foundation.
Michel T. Halbouty Fellowship
Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas awarded a total of $5,000 to four deserving geoscience graduate students. The 2012 recipients selected are: (photo left to right) Rachel Wells, Sally Scott, Aileen Gaudinez, and Harold Johnson. They received a check and a certificate as part of their award.
The Foundation funds this award through a generous endowment from the late Michel T. Halbouty. This awards a deserving student or students enrolled in Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas. The recipient(s) shall be in good standing pursing a graduate degree in geology, geophysics, or geosciences.
Photo: Dr. Grant Wach, 2012 Professorial Award recipient
This new award of $1,000 was given to an individual professor for Excellence in the Teaching of Natural Resources in the Earth Sciences. The recipient is Dr. Grant Wach from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Teacher of the Year
Photo: The 2013 recipient is, Chris Bolhuis, from Hudsonville Freshman Campus in Hudsonville, Michigan.
The AAPG Foundation annual award of $6,000 is given to a K-12 teacher for Excellence in the Teaching of Natural Resources in the Earth Sciences. The award is given at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition and is sponsored by the AAPG Foundation.
The Trustee Associate Service Award is presented to individuals or corporations who have distinguished themselves in beneficial long-term service to the AAPG Foundation. At the discretion of the Foundation Trustees, more than one award may be presented in a given year. The Trustees are not obligated to present an award annually.
The Foundation Trustees will entertain nominations from within the board. Recommendations may also be submitted by the staff. Nominees must be living at the time of selection, and be willing to be present to receive the award and certificate at the Trustee Associate Annual Meeting. The Service Award will not be awarded to an individual receiving the Weeks Medal or the Chairman’s Award in a given year.
The L. Austin Weeks Memorial Medal is given in recognition for extraordinary philanthropy and service directed to advance the mission of the AAPG Foundation. The Foundation award honors the late L. Austin Weeks, whose philanthropic legacy set an exemplary standard.
The award was established in 2008; it is the Foundation’s highest award. The medal may be given annually although it is not a requirement that it be an annual award. The recipient must be living at the time of selection. The Board of Trustees and the Executive Director will identify and recommend recipients based on the individual’s merits and service to the Foundation.