The Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award is given in recognition of a singular achievement in petroleum geoscience research. It is AAPG’s fifth highest award, ranking beneath Norman H. Foster Outstanding Explorer Award and above the Distinguished Service Award. Up to two awards can be given in any calendar year.



Kitty Lou Milliken, PhD Mark D. Zoback


Kevin M. Bohacs Robert G. Loucks


Ronald Alan Nelson J Frederick Sarg, PhD


Henry William Posamentier


Ole J. Martinsen


Martin P. A. Jackson


Bradford Eugene Prather


The recipient must be living at the time of selection and be willing to be present to receive the award at the time and palce designated by the Executive Committee, normally at the Annual Convention.

Guidelines for Consideration of Candidates

Candidates for this award should have distinguished themselves with one or more advancements in the field of petroleum geoscience. The advancement(s) could be in the form of proving, developing or advancing a theory; demonstrating a new approach to solving a problem; developing a new methodology or technology; application of existing theories, concepts, approaches, methodology or technology to increased exploration or production of hydrocarbon resources.

Procedure for Recommendation

Nominations for the Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award should be submitted, along with documentation, to the Chairman of the Honors and Awards Committee at Association Headquarters. The committee’s recommendations will be submitted to the Advisory Council who will submit their selection to the Executive Committee for final action.

Description of Award

This award is a plaque containing a sketch of Robert R. Berg along with the rcipient’s name and citation for distinguished contribution to advancement of petroleum geoscience.


The award was established by Executive Committee action in 2006, and it was first awarded in 2008. The Association provides funding to support the initial year’s award. Funding in all subsequent years award comes the Robert R. Berg Award fund, established in the AAPG Foundation.

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