It is a characteristic of professional scientists that they take great pride in their achievements. Although recognition of an individual’s accomplishments may take many forms, to be honored by one’s peers may be the most satisfying of all.
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, and by other professionals who further the goals and objectives of our science, our profession, and our Association. The motivation toward scientific and professional achievement which such recognition stimulates is much to be desired.
The continued success of this program is dependent on the identification of those worthy of recognition. As the Association has grown, so have the number of awards and the purposes for which they are given. It is no longer possible for one small central committee to identify all those who should be considered. This is particularly true in the case of awards that are given in recognition of accomplishments that may not be widely known, or are not restricted to Association members -- such as Grover E. Murray Distinguished Educator Award and Geosciences in the Media Award. It is necessary that the assistance of the Affiliated Societies, Sections, Divisions, and Associated Societies be enlisted. It is for this reason that the details of the Association’s Honors and Awards is provided on these web pages. On these pages you will find, descriptions of the purposes of the awards as well as their requirements and the manner in which various organizations and individuals can, and should, identify and nominate (with appropriate documentation) those they feel deserve recognition.
To accomplish these objectives, it may be advisable for Affiliated Societies, Sections, Divisions, and Associated Societies to organize, by committees or other means, a monitoring of those activities for which awards should be considered, especially for the Michel T. Halbouty Outstanding Leadership, Geosciences in the Media, and Public Service awards. Here you will also find a listing of past awardees, or you may review the Annual Report in the December issue of the each BULLETIN. Nominations by individuals will be considered but obviously those by organizations carry the most weight, especially when supplemented by individual support.