Foundation Update

Foundation Announces Undergrad Grant Recipients

The AAPG Foundation recently awarded 69 undergraduate grants to deserving students and their university geoscience departments, clubs or student chapters through its L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant program awards.

Each of the awards was for $1,000 that would be split evenly between the student and his or her geoscience department, club or student chapter.

Students can use their portion of the grant to purchase equipment required for hands-on exploration (e.g., rock hammers and camping equipment). Alternatively, they may apply their funds toward tuition fees.

University departments, their clubs or student chapters are free to use their portion of the grant to support student geoscience activities through the purchase of necessary equipment and/or the funding of conferences and field trips).

More than 100 students competed this year for the limited number of grants.

To support the undergraduate activities that make education come alive and increase the number of awards available, give to this program today.

Include the name of the university of your choice, and the Foundation staff will encourage them to apply for this award.


Speaking of Foundation-backed programs:

If you are attending AAPG’s Annual Convention and Exhibition this April 6-9 in Houston and are interested in learning more about the programs the AAPG Foundation supports, you are welcome to stop by the Foundation booth in the AAPG Center, located in the exhibition hall of the George R. Brown Convention Center.


John P. “Jay” Moffitt, with Gateway Exploration in Houston, has joined the AAPG Foundation Trustee Associates.

Moffitt has 36 years of Gulf Coast experience. Prior to forming Gateway Exploration he was an owner in Union Gas, where he was responsible for all phases of geology and geophysics – the company drilled more than 200 wells in the Wilcox, Frio and Yegua trends south and southeast Texas. Discoveries included Brushy Creek, SW Mission Valley, Marshall, Dreyer and Vickers, where combined EUR of 450 billion cubic feet of gas and 8-10 million barrels of oil and gas liquids have been proved.

Before joining Union Gas, he worked as a generating geologist for Yuma Petroleum, Williams Exploration, Citation Oil & Gas, Santa Fe Energy and Phillips Petroleum.

He has a bachelor’s degree in geology from Ohio State University and a master’s in geology from San Jose State, for whom he has endowed a university subscription.


The Foundation just boxed up three sets of new publications bound for Oberlin College, Stanford University and The College of Wooster, thanks to Larry and Jean Funkhouser, who generously support AAPG Foundation’s Newly Released Publications Program.

The program annually supplements university geology libraries with new geoscience publications.

Longtime AAPG Foundation supporters, the Funkhousers began supporting the Newly Released Publications Program in 2011 and have sent a dozen books to each school, providing their family’s alma maters with cutting edge resources to educate future leaders of the geosciences.

You also could support the university of your choice by setting up a special fund to provide a set of newly released publications to the university geology library. Each publication you send will feature a bookplate attached on the front inside flap recognizing your contribution.

Join the Funkhousers and the AAPG Foundation by gifting this opportunity for future generations of geology students to have the best resources available.


Do you find you have no time to search for geologic publications?

Let the AAPG Foundation Energy Library help.

Karen Piqune, our geoscience librarian, worked in the oil and gas industry before coming to AAPG some 28 years ago – and she has every resource at her fingertips, so she can save you time and resources in your search for literature, statistical references, affiliated societies’ publications and other research materials and maps.

Contact Karen Monday-Thursday, 12:30-5 p.m., and 12:30-4:30 p.m. on Fridays. Visit the Library website; or call 1-800-364-2274 or 1-918-560-2620; or email Karen.

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Foundation Update

Foundation Update - Natalie Adams

Natalie Adams served as the AAPG Foundation manager from October 2010 through April 2014.

Foundation Update is a regular column in the EXPLORER offering news about the AAPG Foundation’s latest activities. For more information about the AAPG Foundation, visit the Foundation website, email, or call (918) 560-2644.

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