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Graduate Student Awards

Graduate Travel Grant applications are solicited twice each year. Fall semester applications (e.g. for AGU Fall meeting) will be due in early October, and Spring applications will be due approximately the middle of February.

The department offers several merit-based supplementary scholarships and awards to outstanding graduate students. All awards are independent, and student may be nominated/apply for multiple awards. **Applications are due each year in approximately late March.

  • Lucile Drake Pringle and Gordon H. Pringle Endowed Fellowship: Students can self-nominate or be nominated by faculty. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in their graduate program in the following fall semester. The nomination packet includes:
    1. Academic CV,
    2. Statement of professional goals
    3. Demonstration(s) of academic achievements and development of professional goals, with focus on academic achievements in the past year.
    4. Academic progress report that includes current informal course transcript and a statement as to current status in terms of degree requirements.
  • Neal Research Award for Graduate Students: The proposal needs to be approved (signed) by the advisor. The application packet includes:
    1. Academic CV
    2. Statement of professional goals
    3. Demonstration(s) of academic achievements and development of professional goals
    4. Academic progress report that includes current informal course transcript and a statement as to current status in terms of degree requirements
    5. Up to one page proposal justifying research needs for funds by student, including budget.
  • Dr. Aureal T. Cross Endowed Graduate Fellowship: Preference will be given to students whose interests are in paleobiology, stratigraphy, or related disciplines. The proposal needs to be approved (signed) by the advisor. The nomination packet includes:
    1. Academic CV
    2. Statement of professional goals
    3. Demonstration(s) of academic achievements and development of professional goals.
    4. Academic progress report that includes current informal course transcript and a statement as to current status.
    5. Up to one page proposal justifying research needs for funds by student, including budget.

The following merit-based awards do not require applications by students but faculty may send nominations to the Graduate Affairs Committee:

  • Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Excellence in MS Thesis Research Award
  • Excellence in Ph.D. Dissertation Research Award