VGPers Are Message Bearers to Students

AAPG has more than 80 committees

AAPG has more than 80 committees, including standing, ad hoc and those of the House of Delegates, the divisions and the Advisory Council. There are over 800 "slots" for committee members, so our members literally cover the waterfront and more!

Looking at the committee structure, it is easy to recognize that many committees overlap and that their interrelationship has been unattended in many instances.

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AAPG has more than 80 committees, including standing, ad hoc and those of the House of Delegates, the divisions and the Advisory Council. There are over 800 "slots" for committee members, so our members literally cover the waterfront and more!

Looking at the committee structure, it is easy to recognize that many committees overlap and that their interrelationship has been unattended in many instances.

One topical area, student-focused committees, has needed oversight and coordination for many years. Attempts to make these committees coordinate better have been made over the last few years with limited success.

Major student-related committees include Academic Liaison, Grants-In-Aid, Student Chapters, Youth Educational Activities, Visiting Geologists, Student Expo, Student Job Fair and Virtual Student Expo. Nearby "cousin" committees are Future of Earth Sciences and Distinguished Lecture.

In order to harness the energy of these committees, I've established the Student Focus Coordinating Ad Hoc Committee, under the leadership of Denise Cox. This committee will work to deliver to colleges and other educational venues the full force and effect of AAPGs substantial educational commitment.

The Student Focus Coordinating Committee will directly interface with Mike Mlynek, student affairs coordinator on the AAPG staff.

If you would like to be part of this refocused and organized effort please contact Mike at (918-560-2653) and discuss committee assignment opportunities. Mike will forward that information to me and I will discuss with the appropriate chair(s).


The ambassadors in this program will be the Visiting Geologists. AAPG has great need for more VGPers. Visiting Geologists bring the message of what it is like to be a professional geologist to students. VGPers are not Distinguished Lecturers; they are practicing folks capable of relating to those learning geology.

You are wanted. Are you willing?

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