Recipients Announced for Weeks Grants

Recipients of this year’s L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grants have been announced by the AAPG Foundation, which sponsors the annual program that supports educational expenses.

This year the Weeks Grants went to a record-breaking 68 recipients, for a total of $68,000. The list includes 37 U.S./Canadian and 31 international recipients (see accompanying list on page 73).

Each grant consists of $1,000 per qualified AAPG Student Chapter; half of the grant ($500) is awarded to the undergraduate student and the other half ($500) supports the university’s AAPG Student Chapter.

The program was funded for 2011-12 through a generous endowment gift from the late L. Austin Weeks.

Last year 44 grants were awarded. 


The AAPG Foundation Trustees recently approved funding for several proposals, including:

♦ The AAPG Publications Department was awarded $10,000 for AAPG Memoir 100 – “Tectonics and Sedimentation: Implications for Petroleum Systems.”

This award was made possible through contributions to the Amoruso Special Publications Fund and the L. Austin Weeks Memorial Fund.

♦ A request was approved for $15,000 to the AAPG Europe Region to help support student activities. The Region will match the funds as a condition of the award. 

♦ Since 2008, the AAPG Foundation has been a partner with Oklahoma State University in a Geoscience and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Consortium to create, promote and provide access to digital peer-reviewed GIS products. It is carried out through OSU’s Boone Pickens School of Geology, the geography department and the AAPG GIS Publications Committee. The products have direct applications to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-related mineral resources, environmental geology and related economic issues.

With funding provided by T. Boone Pickens, the Boone Pickens Digital Geology Fund accelerates and sustains AAPG Datapages’ Geographic Information Systems publishing program through the AAPGF-OSU Geoscience GIS Consortium. Pickens’ pledge gift of $9.2 million provides $240,000 per year for this program for 10 years, and then continual support for years to come.

Two projects totaling over $58,000 recently were approved:

  • Atlas of Shale Pits in the Devonian Mississippian Shales in Oklahoma.
  • An Atlas of Modern Deltas. 

The 2012 Michel T. Halbouty Fellowship recipients – $5,000 gifts awarded to four deserving geoscience graduate students – recently were announced by Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas.

The recipients are: Aileen Gaudinez, Sally Scott, Rachel Wells and Harold Johnson, each of whom received a check and a certificate as part of their award.

The AAPG Foundation funds this award through an endowment from the late Michel T. Halbouty. 


The Foundation Trustees express their appreciation to the estate of Karl Arleth for remembering the Foundation in his bequest.

Bequests currently represent a major source of support for graduate students through the AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid Program as well as other AAPG Foundation programs.

Gifts may be a fixed amount, a percentage of the estate, or all or part of the estate residue – and often can be arranged with the simple addition of an amendment to your existing will.

After providing for loved ones, you may desire to support your choice of AAPG Foundation programs by designating a gift bequeathed through your will.

Bequests to the AAPG Foundation may qualify for an estate tax charitable deduction. 


Clearly, the AAPG Foundation – thanks to the backing of dedicated supporters (see pages 74-75) – continues to impact the geosciences worldwide.

Please consider a gift, bequest or other form of support to the AAPG Foundation today.

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2012 L. Austin Weeks Recipients

Recipients of this year’s L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grants are:

  • Babes Bolyai University –
    Radu Grigoras
  • Brawijaya University –
    Rizky Kusumawardani
  • Brigham Young University-Idaho – David Kulbeth
  • Cairo University –
    Ali Nasr El Deen Ali
  • California State University-Fresno – Jeff Papendick
  • California State University-Long Beach – Jessica Uglesich
  • California State University-Northridge – Brian Clements
  • Colorado School of Mines – Rebekah Simon
  • Colorado State University – Jessica Crowder
  • Gadjah Mada University –
    Didit Putra Kusuma
  • Idaho State University –
    Jessica Nichols
  • Imperial College London – Eleanor Sansom
  • Indian School of Mines –
    Arvind Kumar
  • Institute Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais – Yannick Mourlot
  • Institute Technology Medan – Mustafa Helmi Lubis
  • Institute Teknologi Bandung –
    A Bryan Hasiholan Sihombing
  • King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals – Mohammad Al Mohanna
  • Makerere University –
    Vuciri Isaac
  • Missouri State University – Amber Morefield
  • New Mexico Institute of
    Mining & Technology –
    Noah Stewart Maddox
  • Northwest Missouri State University – Lonnie Treese
  • Obafemi Awolowo Univesity – Akindulureni Oaolu John
  • Oklahoma State University – Miranda Mackey
  • San Diego State University – Taylor Carrasco
  • Santa Barbara City College – Jane Fairchild
  • Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology –
    Tri Martha Kusuma Putra
  • Southern Methodist University – Emma Lyn Giddens
  • Stephen F. Austin State University –
    Henriette Eidsnes
  • Suez Canal University – Mahmoud Alaaeldin Mohamed
  • Trisakti University –
    Ignatius Limin
  • Universidad Eafit –
    Martin Javier Reyes Correa
  • Universidad Industrial de Santander – Flover Gregorio Rodriguez Portillo
  • Universiti Teknologi Petronas – Chin Soon Mun
  • University “Al.I.Cuza” of Iasi Hutu – Ana Maria
  • University of Aberdeen – Rebecca Wain
  • University of Adelaide –
    Anna Maddocks
  • University of Akron –
    Kimberly Jarden
  • University of Alabama –
    Andy Roark
  • University of Bucharest –
    Eugen Tudor
  • University of Calgary –
    Melanie Klucker
  • University of Colorado at Boulder – Connor Newman
  • University of Diponegro – Farahanne Riana
  • University of Houston – Johnathon Osmond
  • University of Ilorin –
    Ogunkanbi Shakirudeen O
  • University of Indonesia –
    Qonita Amriyah
  • University of Iowa – Dylan Cook
  • University of Kansas –
    Adrienne Duarte
  • University of Lisbon –
    Ulisses Miguel da Costa Correia
  • University of Malaya –
    Khor Simon
  • University of Manchester – Alexandra Griffiths
  • University of Missouri –
    Emma Rosenow
  • University of Montana –
    Ryan Kadlik
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Aaron Page
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas – May Sas
  • University of New Orleans – Christopher Johnson
  • University of Oklahoma –
    Bagdat Toleubay
  • University of Padjadjara –
    Fachri Novian Danu Priasmara
  • University of Pembangunan Nasional “Veteran” –
    Giland Cahaya Ramadhan
  • University of Texas at Austin – Sarah Coyle
  • University of Texas at El Paso – Shane Schinagel
  • University of Tulsa –
    Jerissa Valdez
  • University of Utah –
    Kim Koeven
  • University of Western Ontario – Adrian Smith
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison – Marshal Tofte
  • University of Wyoming –
    Matthew Cargill
  • West Virginia University –
    Carly Parana
  • Wichita State University –
    Kyle Day
  • Yerevan State University –
    Arkadi Mukhsi-Hoveyan

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The presence of hydrocarbon-bearing sandstones within the Eocene of the Forties area was first documented in 1985, when a Forties field (Paleocene) development well discovered the Brimmond field. Further hydrocarbons in the Eocene were discovered in the adjacent Maule field in 2009. Reservoir geometry derived from three-dimensional seismic data has provided evidence for both a depositional and a sand injectite origin for the Eocene sandstones. The Brimmond field is located in a deep-water channel complex that extends to the southeast, whereas the Maule field sandstones have the geometry of an injection sheet on the updip margin of the Brimmond channel system with a cone-shape feature emanating from the top of the Forties Sandstone Member (Paleocene). The geometry of the Eocene sandstones in the Maule field indicates that they are intrusive and originated by the fluidization and injection of sand during burial. From seismic and borehole data, it is unclear whether the sand that was injected to form the Maule reservoir was derived from depositional Eocene sandstones or from the underlying Forties Sandstone Member. These two alternatives are tested by comparing the heavy mineral and garnet geochemical characteristics of the injectite sandstones in the Maule field with the depositional sandstones of the Brimmond field and the Forties sandstones of the Forties field.

The study revealed significant differences between the sandstones in the Forties field and those of the Maule and Brimmond fields), both in terms of heavy mineral and garnet geochemical data. The Brimmond-Maule and Forties sandstones therefore have different provenances and are genetically unrelated, indicating that the sandstones in the Maule field did not originate by the fluidization of Forties sandstones. By contrast, the provenance characteristics of the depositional Brimmond sandstones are closely comparable with sandstone intrusions in the Maule field. We conclude that the injectites in the Maule field formed by the fluidization of depositional Brimmond sandstones but do not exclude the important function of water from the huge underlying Forties Sandstone Member aquifer as the agent for developing the fluid supply and elevating pore pressure to fluidize and inject the Eocene sand. The study has demonstrated that heavy mineral provenance studies are an effective method of tracing the origin of injected sandstones, which are increasingly being recognized as an important hydrocarbon play.

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