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Awards Banquet

The Oklahoma Geological Foundation hosts its Annual Awards Banquet each year in May to honor deserving students, teachers, and educational institutions with grants, scholarships, and special awards.  The Foundation invites award recipients and the generous supporters of the Foundation to attend and help celebrate the bright future of Oklahoma!

See a list of past grant, scholarship, and award recipients.

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Previous Winners

In 2019, the Foundation provided $116,047 in funding for Grants, Awards, and Scholarships. The following is a summary of the funds distributed in 2020.

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Grants, Scholarships, & Awards for 2020

 

Herbert G. & Shirley A. Davis Oklahoma State University Geology Scholarship: ($4,000)

Recipient:        Ian Cox ($2,000), Oklahoma State University

Thesis:               “Characterization of the Caney Shale and Associated Chesterian Strata in the Ardmore Basin”

Advisor:            Dr. Jack Pashin

Recipient:        Chase Watkins ($2,000), Oklahoma State University

Thesis:               “Identifying and Mapping Pre-Frisco Hunton Group Clinoforms on a Carbonate Ramp, Central Oklahoma”

Advisor:            Dr. James Puckette

 

The Frederick H. & Lois M. Kate Award: ($4,000)

Recipient:        Kelley Davison, University of Tulsa

Thesis:               “Characterization of HTI Anisotropy in the Anadarko Basin, Oklahoma”

Advisor:            Dr. Steve Roche

 

The Oklahoma Geological Foundation Excellence in Earth Science Education Awards Program: ($2,000)

Recipients:      Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma

Grant:                 In 2019, the Foundation purchased museum quality rocks and minerals for display and teaching purposes for the Girl Scouts at their new STEM facility, Camp Trivera. This second Grant to the Girl Scouts funds the purchase of additional rocks, minerals, and fossils for the construction of a rock-climbing wall, as well as for teaching purposes.

 

The Oklahoma Geological Foundation Elementary School Grant: ($1,250)

Recipient:        Edmond First United Methodist Mother’s Day Out & Pre-school

Grant:                 First United will utilize the funds to add a new Earth Science based theme to their Mother’s Day Out/Preschool program. Funds for the grant will be used to purchase Earth Science materials & books. The program is a blend of academic & developmental learning styles, that prepare children for future school years.

 

Beth Cronin Elementary School Program: ($4,000)

Recipient:        St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Edmond

Grant:                 Grant awarded for the purchase of replacement materials for hands on Science kits in the middle school for the Study of Earth Science, Life Science, & Physical Science. The science kits are called FOSS kits.

Advisor:            Ms. Karen Corrigan, Assistant Principal

 

The Suzanne Takken Memorial Award: ($4,000)

Recipient:        Julie Cains, Oklahoma State University

Thesis:               “Acoustic Velocity and Porosity: Applications to the Caney Shale, Southern Oklahoma”

Advisor:            Dr. G. Michael Grammar

 

The Oklahoma Geological Foundation Summer Field Camp Grant: ($4,500)

Recipients:      Students from Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma, and the University of Tulsa who will be attending summer field camps.               

Grant:                 Funds from these grants are awarded to undergraduate geology students to supplement 2020 Summer Field Camp expenses. Since 2012, the Foundation has provided financial assistance to over 200 students who have attended Field Camps.

 

The Oklahoma Geological Foundation Middle School Grant: ($1,250)

Recipients:      Oklahoma Schools, K – 12th grades 

Grant:                 Grant funds will be used to purchase museum quality Rocks, Minerals & Fossils to be put in individual Collections. These Collections are distributed to schools and teachers in throughout the state of Oklahoma to promote geology and Earth Science education. Since 2015, the Foundation has distributed over 150 Rock Mineral and Fossil Collections to Schools and teachers in the state of Oklahoma.     

 

The Oklahoma Geological Foundation High School Grant: ($1,250)

Recipients:      Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma

Grant:                 In 2019, the Foundation purchased museum quality rocks and minerals for display and teaching purposes for the Girl Scouts at their new STEM facility, Camp Trivera. This Grant to the Girl Scouts funds the purchase of additional rocks, minerals, and fossils to be used for display at Camp Trivera.

 

The Philip Boyle FDN. & Okla. Geol. FDN. Elementary and Secondary School Program: ($2,106)

Recipient:        Oklahoma Geological Survey, and the University of Oklahoma, Norman 

Grant:                 In 2017, the Foundation provided funds to the Oklahoma Geological Survey to start a program called” GeoKids”. “GeoKids” is a program that consists of a traveling Earth Science Library and a Starter Rock & Mineral Kit.  The Survey has distributed over 1100 kits in two years. Additional funds are intended to support the purchase of 33 mineral identifications kits for undergraduate education K-12 outreach. These kits will enhance hands-on education for generations of Oklahoma children, teachers, parents, and budding geoscientists.

 

The Charles E. Branham Library Program: ($1,000)

Recipient:        Oklahoma Schools, K – 12th grades 

Grant:                  Grant funds will be used to purchase museum quality Rocks, Minerals & Fossils to be put in individual Collections. These Collections are distributed to schools and teachers in throughout the state of Oklahoma to promote geology and Earth Science education. Since 2015, the Foundation has distributed over 150 Rock Mineral and Fossil Collections to schools and teachers in the state of Oklahoma.  

                             

The Oklahoma Geological Foundation Non-Directed Funds: ($3,750)

Recipient:        Students from Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma, and the University of Tulsa who will be attending summer field camps.

Grant:                  Funds from these grants are awarded to undergraduate geology students to supplement 2020 Summer Field Camp expenses. Since 2012, the Foundation has provided financial assistance to over 200 students who have attended Field Camps.

 

The Larry Lunardi & Okla. Geol. FDN Rock Mineral & Fossil Collection Prog.: ($2,000)

Recipient:        Oklahoma schools, K – 12th grades   

Grant:                  Grant funds will be used to purchase museum quality Rocks, Minerals & Fossils to be put in individual Collections. These Collections are distributed to schools and teachers in throughout the State of Oklahoma to promote geology and Earth Science education.  Since 2015, the Foundation has distributed over 150 Rock Mineral and Fossil Collections to schools and teachers in the state of Oklahoma.  

 

The Lance Ruffel & Okla. Geol. FDN Innovations in Earth Science Education Prog: ($3,211)            

Recipient:        Tulsa Geoscience Center

Grant:                 Grant awarded to support various operating costs for the Tulsa Geoscience Center. The Geoscience Center educates students and the public on energy, geology, and other earth science disciplines. Students K – 12th grades are exposed to rock and mineral identification, fossils, fluorescence, porosity, permeability, the oil and gas industry, earthquakes, geologic time, crude oil, and natural gas. Students from Oklahoma schools take day long field trips to visit the Center.

 

The Oklahoma Geological Foundation Non-Directed Funds: ($1,000)

Recipient:        School of Geoscience, University of Oklahoma

Grant:                 The funds from this Grant will be used to support and assist undergraduate students at the University of Oklahoma to further their education in the field of Geoscience studies and completing the course work to get a college degree.

 

The Frederick M. Black Summer Field Camp Grant: ($4,500)

Recipients:      Skylar Kaminski ($1,500), Oklahoma State University

                                      Gary Davison ($1,500), University of Oklahoma

                                      Grant Morey ($1,500), University of Tulsa

Grant:                 Funds awarded to undergraduate geology students to supplement 2020 Summer Field Camp expenses.

 

The Shirley A. Davis Program for Earth Science Education: ($3,211)

Recipient:        Tulsa Geoscience Center  

Grant:                 Grant awarded to support various operating costs for the Tulsa Geoscience Center. The Geoscience Center educates students and the public on energy, geology, and other earth science disciplines. Students K – 12th grades are exposed to rock and mineral identification, fossils, fluorescence, porosity, permeability, the oil and gas industry, earthquakes, geologic time, crude oil, and natural gas. Students from Oklahoma schools take day long field trips to visit the Center.           

 

The Oklahoma Geological Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award: ($4,000)

Recipient:        John Renner, University of Oklahoma

Thesis:               “Horizontal Well Performance in the Anadarko and Arkoma Basins Using Normalized Formation Facies Analysis Independent of Depth and Location”.

Advisor:            Dr. John Pigott

 

The John Gatchell Earth Science Teaching Program: ($1,000)

Recipient:        Oklahoma Science Museum 

Grant:                 Funds will be used to fund the purchase of a collection of Oklahoma rocks, minerals, & fossils in conjunction with a new interactive map of Oklahoma showing their locations throughout the state.

 

The Oklahoma Geological Foundation STEM Program: ($308,500)

Recipient:        Esteem Education Co.

Grant:                 Funds awarded to support Esteem in the development of Foundation’s EveryDay Earth Program. The Program was established in mid-2017 by the Oklahoma Geological Foundation to combine Earth Science education material in an entertaining format that students will enjoy. It is presented as a light comedic narrative that filters in multiple lessons as the students explore aspects of the Earth’s hydrosphere, geosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere, using Oklahoma and near-Oklahoma localities as the backdrop. It contains a mixture of videos and interactive sessions allowing students to participate in science investigations onscreen as they follow a simple storyline which keeps them engaged. The Program consists will consist of ten stand-alone Missions, each Mission being an impactful product.

EveryDay’s Earth’s target audience is 4th – 8th grade students, and it follows National (NGSS) as well as Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science. As of 12/31/2020, development costs for the Foundation have totaled $568,100 for the EveryDay Earth Program.

 

The Robert W. & Jo Ann Waring Memorial Scholarship: ($1,200)

Recipients:      Boone Pickens School of Geology, Oklahoma State University

Grants:               The funds from this Grant will be used to support and assist undergraduate students at Oklahoma State University to further their education in the field of Geoscience studies and completing the course work to get a college degree.

              

The Oklahoma Geological Foundation Non-Directed Funds: ($3,790)

Recipient:        Oklahoma schools, K – 12th grades   

Grant:                 The funds will be used to further supplement the grant requests from teachers and schools, in particular the Rock, Mineral, Fossil Collections.                                                                                                                                   

TOTAL $ 365,518


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