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AAPG Honors and Awards

It is a characteristic of professional scientists that they take great pride in their achievements. Although recognition of an individual’s accomplishments may take many forms, to be honored by one’s peers may be the most satisfying of all. 

The Honors and Awards program of AAPG provides a means for recognizing outstanding achievements and contributions by professional geologists, especially in the area of exploration for petroleum and energy mineral resources, and by other professionals who further the goals and objectives of our science, our profession, and our Association. The motivation toward scientific and professional achievement which such recognition stimulates is much to be desired. 

The continued success of this program is dependent on the identification of those worthy of recognition. As the Association has grown, so have the number of awards and the purposes for which they are given. It is no longer possible for one small central committee to identify all those who should be considered. This is particularly true in the case of awards that are given in recognition of accomplishments thatmay not be widely known, or are not restricted to Association members – such as Grover E. Murray Distinguished Educator Award and Geosciences in the Media Award. It is necessary that the assistance of the Affiliated Societies, Sections, Divisions, and Associated Societies be enlisted. It is for this reason that this summary of the Association’s Honors and Awards has been prepared, describing the purposes of the awards as well as the requirements and themanner in which various organizations and individuals can, and should, identify and nominate (with appropriate documentation) those they feel deserve recognition. 

To accomplish these objectives, it may be advisable for Affiliated Societies, Sections, Divisions, and Associated Societies to organize, by committees or other means, a monitoring of those activities for which awards should be considered, especially for the Michel T. Halbouty Outstanding Leadership, Geosciences in the Media, and Public Service awards. For a listing of past awardees, please refer to the Annual Report issue of the Bulletin. Nominations by individuals will be considered but obviously those by organizations carry the most weight, especially when supplemented by individual support.

The selection process for AAPG’s Honors and Awards begins at the first of each year. Awards are then presented at the annual meeting the following year. The AAPG Honors and Awards Committee, a committee within the Advisory Council, is responsible for recommending individuals for awards for consideration of the Advisory Council for forwarding to the Executive Committee for their consideration and approval.

During the past few years the committee has endeavored to improve representation within this diverse Association by expanding the list of persons encouraged to submit nominations. Nominations can be tendered by any member of the Association.

The selection of awardees is an extremely significant aspect of AAPG activities because it allows the Association to express its gratitude to its members and recognize the values and standards that should be encouraged in our membership.

Background and other details are available on the subsequent pages. With each award is an online nomination form that submits to the AAPG administrative offices. If you prefer to use PDFs those are provided as well.

Download the Honors and Awards Booklet and utilize the Nomination Forms provided with each honors or awards detail. Nominators are encouraged to make a concerted effort to address the information requested on the forms including the nominees' merits.

Nominations are submitted to Karin Alyea at AAPG. Here is her contact information for your convenience:

AAPG Nominations, c/o Karin Alyea, P.O. Box 979, Tulsa, OK 74101-0979 or electronically to Karin Alyea in the recommended format.

Proper documentation must be provided in order for the Advisory Council to consider your recommendations. Nominations received without sufficient documentation simply are not as persuasive as those that are well prepared and documented. The nominees that you feel deserve consideration for the award certainly deserve your best efforts to illustrate why they should be considered for the award. Nominations received after the deadline will be considered the following year. The Awards Committee considers nominees for three years after the initial submission.

The Honors and Awards Committee seeks nominations for the following awards. The preferred method for submitting a nomination is via the Online Form.

Award Description Select a Form
Sidney Powers Memorial Award Online Form DOC PDF
Michel T. Halbouty Outstanding Leadership Award Online Form DOC PDF
Honorary Membership Award Online Form DOC PDF
Norman H. Foster Outstanding Explorer Award Online Form DOC PDF
Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award Online Form DOC PDF
Distinguished Service Award Online Form DOC PDF
Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award Online Form DOC PDF
Harrison Schmitt Award Online Form DOC PDF
Public Service Award Online Form DOC PDF
Pioneer Award Online Form DOC PDF
Geosciences in the Media Awards Online Form DOC PDF


A copy of the nominee’s activity sheet is available upon request from Karin Alyea, (918) 560-9407 or by fax (918) 560-2626.

The Executive Committee, acting on recommendation from the Advisory Council, kindly requests nominees not be informed they are being nominated. Only successful nominees will be advised of the outcome of this process. Unsuccessful nominees should not be so informed.

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