The Public Service Award is given to recognize contributions by members of the Association to public affairs and to encourage geologists to take a more active part in such affairs. Granting of this award in any year is discretionary.


The recipient must be a Member of the Association, but may be in any class of member- ship. This award can be given without regard to previous awards. Consideration should be restricted to those whose public service is above and beyond the framework of that person’s normal job responsibility.

Guidelines for Consideration of Candidates

Public affairs does not necessarily mean political action, but the activities may relate to areas of political concerns. Contributions are not limited to, but may commonly be in, education of the public, politicians, thought leaders, etc., on the application of geology to the general welfare. The field is not restricted to petroleum, but may be in land use, conservation of natural resources, etc.

Procedure for Recommendation

Nominations for this award should be submitted, along with documentation, to the Chairman of the Honors and Awards Committee at Association Headquarters. The recommendations of the Committee will be submitted to the Advisory Council which will submit its selection to the Executive Committee for final action.

Description of Award

The award is a walnut plaque bearing the recipient’s name, the date, and citation.


This award was created in 1971 by Executive Committee action.


The AAPG provides funding for the Public Service Award.

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