The recipient does not need to be an AAPG member. The recipient must be living at the time of selection and be willing to be present to receive the award at the time and place designated by the Executive Committee, normally at the Annual Convention.
Guidelines for Consideration of Candidates
Consideration should emphasize exceptional leadership demonstrated and extraordinary service given to the petroleum geosciences and the Association. Candidates will have shown outstanding leadership and substantial service to the Association and petroleum geosciences as an elected official and/or through their substantial service on AAPG committees, or will have shown distinguished leadership in and remarkable service to the petroleum geosciences in a corporation or company, academic or research institution, or position of government. Past Presidency is not a prerequisite for this award. Honorary membership is not a prerequisite for consideration, but such membership is preferred for candidacy. Contributions may be in a variety of forms or combinations, such as demonstrated leadership in advancing the goals of the Association and/or the petroleum geosciences; articulated vision for future achievements of the Association and/or the petroleum geosciences; demonstrated leadership in the development and/or implementation of practical programs that enhance the benefits to members of Association and/or the petroleum geoscience community; demonstrated ability to lead the Association and/or petroleum geosciences to a major accomplishment or milestone; demonstrated leadership in the implementation of effective management strategies that serve to optimize the resources of the Association and/or the petroleum geosciences; and/or demonstrated leadership in the design and/or implementation of a sound business plan that maximizes the assets of the Association and/or petroleum geoscience community, while providing future opportunities to achieve major successes of the Association and/or petroleum geosciences, etc.
Procedure for Recommendation
Nominations for this award should be submitted, along with documentation, to the Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee at Association Headquarters. The Committee’s recommendations will be submitted to the Advisory Council, which in turn will submit its selection to the Executive Committee for final action.
Description of Award
The gold plated medal features a bas-relief likeness of Michel T. Halbouty and the name of the Association on the obverse side. On the reverse side are inscribed the words, “Awarded for Outstanding Leadership to the Petroleum Geosciences,” along with the name of the recipient. The medal is mounted in multi-sided acrylic and is presented along with an embossed Certificate and lapel pin tack. Honorary membership is automatically bestowed upon recipients of the Award, if they have not already received that honor.
This medal award was made a part of AAPG’s honors by Executive Committee action in 1972. Initially it was a 5-inch solid brass medal mounted on a marble base. It was changed to a plaque-mounted medal award in 1984. In 1988 the name of the award was changed from the Human Needs Award to the Michel T. Halbouty Human Needs Award. In 2005 the name of the award was changed from the Michel T. Halbouty Human Needs Award to the Michel T. Halbouty Memorial Human Needs Award. The award name was changed to the Michel T. Halbouty Outstanding Leadership Award and amended by Executive Committee action in 2006.
Funding for the award is provided through the AAPG Foundation Awards Fund through a generous contribution by Michel T. Halbouty.