Since its inception, the Foundation has promoted programs supporting earth science initiatives and educational advancement around the world.
From providing endowments for university students to have the latest in digital mapping resources at their fingertips to funding master’s and doctorate level research in the lab and field through the Grants-in-Aid program, Foundation supporters have multiplied their reach by affording opportunities for others on a global scale.
Three Foundation programs in particular offer funding opportunities for educators, geoscience undergraduate students, student-led associations and master’s/doctorate level research worldwide.
Those awards include:
♦ The Foundation Professorial Award is granted annually to a college or university professor who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of geoscience education anywhere in the world. The award is intended to encourage geoscience professors to stay current on industry trends and cutting edge technology and sharing that information with their undergraduate and graduate students, further enhancing fields of earth science.
The Professorial Award winner receives a $1,000 award, recognition at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition Chairman’s Reception, and a beautiful commemorative plaque acknowledging the achievement.
♦ The Grants-in-Aid program promotes international research in the geosciences.
Through it, financial assistance is provided to a select number of graduate students (currently enrolled in master’s or doctorate programs) whose thesis research has application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-mineral resources and/or to related environmental geology issues.
In 2015, the Foundation will award $239,000 in funds to more than 90 students across the world.
♦ The L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant program awards deserving undergraduate level geoscience students and student-led geoscience associations (student chapters, associations and clubs) with $500 grants. These grants are intended to support the educational endeavors of undergraduate geoscience students and their student-led organizations internationally.
Thanks to generous contributors, including L. Austin Weeks and Marta Weeks-Wulf, the Foundation will proudly grant $76,000 in funds to geoscience students and their student associations in 2015.
The Foundation aims to continue expanding its reach to touch all corners of the world, wherever there is a need to for earth science exploration and advancement.
For more information about any of these programs, or to contribute to the cause, visit our website.