'Excellence in Teaching' Award Nominations Now Open

The AAPG Foundation is gearing up for another exciting season of supporting and promoting geoscience education – and two key parts of that initiative are now open for your participation.

Nominations are now being accepted for two “Excellence in Teaching” awards supported by the Foundation: the Teacher of the Year (K-12) and the Professorial Award.

Both are possible thanks to the generous financial support provided by donations to the AAPG Foundation.

The Teacher of the Year Award (TOTY) has been presented by the Foundation for the past 20 years, honoring numerous deserving teachers for their exceptional teaching methodology and leadership in communicating geoscience education to K-12 students within the United States.

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Recipients of AAPG’s Teacher of the Year Award from left are Karen Waterburg (2016), Sharon Milito (2011), Chris Bolhuis (2013) and Heather McArdle (2014). You can help the AAPG Foundation choose the 2017 Teacher of the Year.

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The AAPG Foundation is gearing up for another exciting season of supporting and promoting geoscience education – and two key parts of that initiative are now open for your participation.

Nominations are now being accepted for two “Excellence in Teaching” awards supported by the Foundation: the Teacher of the Year (K-12) and the Professorial Award.

Both are possible thanks to the generous financial support provided by donations to the AAPG Foundation.

The Teacher of the Year Award (TOTY) has been presented by the Foundation for the past 20 years, honoring numerous deserving teachers for their exceptional teaching methodology and leadership in communicating geoscience education to K-12 students within the United States.

This coming year will be no exception.

The TOTY winner, chosen from a slate of six finalists selected by each of AAPG’s domestic Sections, receives a $6,000 prize along with an expense-paid trip to AAPG’s Annual Convention and Exhibition. Honorable mentions and $500 cash awards are given to the five runner-up finalists.

The deadline to nominate a teacher or apply is Jan. 15, 2017.

The Professorial Award – a newer but equally important honor – is awarded annually to a college or university professor who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of geoscience education. The recipient wins $1,000.

Applicants should have a minimum of three years of full-time teaching experience at any higher-education institution worldwide.

Nominations for this award end Feb. 15, 2017.


Deadlines also have been announced for other important Foundation programs, including:

  • Grants-in-Aid Program – Opens Sept. 15, with a Feb. 15 deadline.

These research grants provide financial assistance to graduate students (currently enrolled in master’s or doctoral 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.

Grants range from $500 to $3,000 each.

  • L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant Program – Opens Jan. 15, with an April 15 deadline.

Attention students and alumni – make sure your school is represented! These awards will provide $500 grants to undergraduate students and geoscience student associations (student chapter and clubs) worldwide.

  • Military Veterans Scholarship Program – Opens Jan. 15, with an April 15 deadline.

The Military Veterans Scholarship Program, the Foundation’s newest program, promotes the advancement of student veterans in educational geoscience programs at the undergraduate level. Grants range from $2,000 to $4,000 each and are intended to provide financial assistance to undergraduate veterans who are studying the geosciences.

For more information or to donate to these programs, visit the Foundation website at www.foundation.aapg.orgvdsvztubarfzeeuxqustwfbfwsqf; or call 1-855-302-2743.

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