The sole author, or lead author and recognized co-authors, do not need to be an AAPG member but must have been 35 years of age or younger at the time of submittal of the paper. The paper may have appeared in any publication of the Association, or that of an Affiliated Society, Section, Region, or Division. It must deal with petroleum geology.
The award has been given to the same author more than once (1993-94 and 2009-10). On several occasions, the award was given to teams of co-authors, all of whom were under age 35. In 2010, the award process was modified to allow consideration of lead authors under age 35 years, whose co-authors are over age 35 years. This is in recognition of the fact that a majority of AAPG publications consist of teams of multiple authors. In such cases, the co-authors over age 35 years would receive a Certificate of Appreciation, although the award would be to the recognized lead author under age 35 years. This was approved by Executive Committee action on September 26, 2009.
If the same Bulletin paper is voted to receive both the Sproule and Pratt awards, that paper will receive the Pratt award: the Sproule award will go to the paper receiving the second-highest number of votes.
An author may receive the Sproule award for a paper and the Dott award for a Special Publication in which the paper is published.
Guidelines for Consideration of Candidates
The emphasis should be on meaningful service to the Association by a young professional. The recipient(s) should have demonstrated excellence, enthusiastic participation, organizational creativity, leadership and passion for the activities of the Association.
The individual(s) must have served in a volunteer position within the organization for a minimum of three years, either at the local or national level. He/she must have assisted the YP Committee with their mission to aid the Association in expanding young professionals’ outreach and opportunities within the organization and/or industry including, but not limited to: retention of students, collaboration with the local societies to establish greater continuity between Student and YP chapters and the local affiliated society, recruitment of new members, appointments to committees and encouragement/guidance into leadership positions within AAPG.
Procedure for Recommendation
Members of the governing body of the Young Professionals Special Interest Group, as well as Section and Region leadership, will submit a minimum of five candidate recommendations (names and supporting biographical data/detail of volunteer efforts/accomplishment) to the chairman of the Honors and Awards Committee at Association headquarters by Feb. 1 of each year. Upon acceptance of the nominees, the H&A Committee will submit name(s) to the Advisory Council, which will in turn submit their endorsement to the Executive Committee for final approval.
Description of Award
Individual(s) chosen will receive an engraved crystal award, which will detail the name of the individual, name of award and the year presented. There shall be no cash distribution. The recipient(s) will also receive a framed certificate bearing the name of the recipient, title of the award and date presented. The award recipient will be invited to accept the crystal award in person at the Honors and Awards Ceremony held at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition. The certificate will be mailed after the convention. Each award recipient’s name and photograph will also appear in the Bulletin and annual convention program book.
This award was approved by Executive Committee action in 2015 and implemented in 2016.
Funding for the award is to be provided by the AAPG.