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The Foundation proudly supports the endeavors of the world's largest professional geological society, AAPG. Although AAPG is a member driven organization, the Foundation is able, under its 501(c)(3) guidelines, to support AAPG's educational and scientific activities that benefit the geologic profession and are available to the general public.

AAPG's purpose is to foster scientific research, advance the science of geology, promote technology and inspire high professional conduct. The AAPG Foundation's programs and activities that support AAPG, directly and indirectly, are found below.

Mission Statement

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation mission is to support educational, charitable and scientific objectives that directly and indirectly benefit the geologic profession and general public.


Grants-in-Aid Graduate Program

The overarching goal of the AAPG Foundation’s Grants-in-Aid program is to promote research in the geosciences. Grants are given annually to provide financial assistance for masters and doctoral level geoscience research...

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L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant Program

The L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grants award deserving geoscience students and student associations (student chapters and clubs) with $500 in financial funding...

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Military Veterans Scholarship Program

With the goal of getting specific, highly talented individuals who are trained in the armed forces into the geosciences, the AAPG Foundation’s Military Veterans Scholarship Program intends to promote educational advancement and career opportunities in geoscience to the booming U.S. veteran population...

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K-12 Education Initiatives

The Foundation supports a number of K-12 education initiatives, aimed at educators and students, intended to foster passion and knowledge in the next generation of geoscientists...

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OSU GIS Consortium

The AAPG Foundation and Oklahoma State University Geoscience and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Consortium exists to create, promote and provide access to digital peer-reviewed GIS products...

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James A. Hartman Student Leadership Summit

This program encourages and supports the future leaders of the petroleum geoscience community at the undergraduate level...

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Awards and Fellowships

AAPG Honors and Awards

The Honors and Awards program of AAPG provides a means for recognizing outstanding achievements and contributions by professional geologists, especially in the area of exploration for petroleum and energy mineral resources...

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Foundation Awards and Fellowships

Awards and fellowships foster and recognize excellence and accomplishment in the geosciences. Following are the awards established by the AAPG Foundation...

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Excellence in Teaching Awards

Thanks to generous donations, AAPG Foundation offers two teaching awards acknowledging teachers who excel in geoscience education. We currently offer two awards, one at the K-12 level and the other at the collegiate level, to individuals who shine in their respective fields.

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Imperial Barrel Award

AAPG's Imperial Barrel Award Program (IBA) is an annual prospective basin evaluation competition for geoscience graduate students from universities around the world. University teams compete to win scholarship funds for their geoscience department...

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Distinguished Lecturer Program

The Distinguished Lecture Program supports lecture tours on pertinent geoscience topics to universities and geological groups throughout the world...

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Michel T. Halbouty Lecture

The Michel T. Halbouty Lecturer program supports an annual lecture given at the AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition. The subject of the lecture must deal with...

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Visiting Geoscientist Program

The Visiting Geoscientist Program has provided campus visits by active and experienced geoscientists for over 30 years...

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Amoruso Special Publications

AAPG's mission is to provide members, other geoscientists, and, in some cases, nongeologists with timely and useful publications at the lowest possible cost.

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AAPG Bulletin

The AAPG Bulletin is a technical journal that is recognized in the industry as the leading peer-reviewed publication for information on geoscience and the associated technology of the energy industry.

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Newly Released Publications Program-University Subscription

By establishing an endowment students at your alma mater can directly benefit with access to new geology publications. Through your gift a set of newly released publications are mailed to the university of your choosing...

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Proposals for Support Welcome

To round things out, the Foundation funds many proposals from other organizations. The Board of Trustees welcome applications for grants to projects and programs which fulfill its mission, based on available funds and at their discretion. Review past program support.