The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences offers awards for undergraduate majors (including coordinate Lyman Briggs majors). These awards are designed to encourage academic excellence, promote professional skill building, and enhance the quality of the students we graduate.
Warren W. and Anneliese C. Wood Undergraduate Research Award
This award is made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Wood to support undergraduate student-led research projects conducted under the mentorship of faculty in the Department. Dr. Wood is a graduate of Michigan State University, receiving B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the then Department of Geology.
Undergraduates may request funding for non-salary research expenses including research equipment, sample analyses and supplies. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received an award. An application should be completed and forwarded to your research mentor for submission each Spring semester by February 1st and each Fall semester by October 1st. Funding decisions are merit based and will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee with final approval from the Department Chair.
The Earth and Environmental Science Undergraduate Travel Award
This award is made possible through the generosity of Alumni and friends of EES to support undergraduate travel to professional meetings to present the results of their research or to defray travel costs to off-campus field courses (primarily intended for study abroad). Funding may be requested only for reimbursable travel expenses to meetings (except for meals and incidentals), or travel (not subsistence) to field courses. Exact amounts subject to funding availability; see application for other terms, conditions, and limitations. The field courses must transfer as undergraduate credit to MSU. An application outlining the research to be presented or field course to be attended should be completed and submitted each Spring semester by February 1st and each Fall semester by October 1st. Funding decisions will be merit based and will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee and the Chair of the department.
Central Michigan Lapidary & Mineral Society Scholarship*
Awards are based on past academic performance, financial need and the potential for academic and later professional success. The recipient is selected by members of the CMLMS. Proceeds for the scholarship are obtained from the CMLMS Annual Gem and Mineral Show. Applications are due February 14 each Spring Semester and should be submitted via the link below.
Lucile Drake Pringle and Gordon H. Pringle Endowed Fellowship*
This award is intended to encourage students who have demonstrated capacity to achieve educational and professional goals, the motivation to achieve those goals and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress. Made possible by Gordon H. Pringle ’32, the fellowship was established in 1988 in memory of his wife and later, after his passing in 1998, renamed by his son Lewis G. Pringle for both of them.
Students can self-nominate or be nominated by faculty. To be eligible, students must be enrolled at MSU in the following fall semester. The nomination packet should be submitted as a single document (Word or PDF) and includes:
- 250 word essay: statement of professional goals and student achievements in the past year towards those goals (written by the student or by the nominator)
Neal Research Award for Undergraduate Students*
Established in 1996 by James Neal to support undergraduate student scholarships, graduate fellowships, and enhance the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department. The research agreement needs to be approved (signed) by the advisor. To be eligible, students must be enrolled at MSU in the following fall semester. The nomination packet should be submitted as a single document (Word or PDF) and includes:
- 250 word essay: statement of professional goals and interests in research in Earth and Environmental Sciences (written by the student or by the nominator)
- Signed agreement by faculty member to supervise student research fellowship
*The due date for Pringle, Neal, and CMSLS Awards will be February 14th each Spring semester.
Faculty Nominated Awards
The following awards do not require application by students but faculty may send nominations to the Undergraduate Affairs Committee. Students are encouraged to discuss nominations with faculty for the following:
The Outstanding Senior Award is given to the one or two graduating seniors with most exemplary academic achievements in Geological Sciences or Environmental Geosciences. The committee will consider academic achievement to include GPA, faculty nomination, research achievements, quantity and difficulty of courses completed, and other scholarly activity (e.g. internship activities in geosciences or environmental sciences).
Estwing Departmental Service Award
Sponsored by the Estwing Manufacturing Company since 1990, this scholarship is awarded to a geology student with outstanding contributions to the department in the areas of academic excellence, research and/or departmental service.
All eligible students will be nominated for the following awards by the Undergraduate Director:
Anna Lee Flory Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Anna Lee Flory, a Sophomore studying geological science and teaching, who passed away unexpectedly in 2013. Anna was a graduate of Hudsonville High School and attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She then transferred to MSU, following in her father’s, older sister’s, and uncle’s Spartan footsteps. While at MSU, Anna was pursuing a teaching degree with a major in Earth Science. She fell in love with the outdoors and geology after participating in the Hudsonville Summer Science Institute. This scholarship supports participation in intensive geology-related field study including geology field camp, field trips, and student field-work, as these activities apply classroom knowledge and transform students into skilled geologists.
Earth and Environmental Sciences Alumni Field Camp Award
Funding provided by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences for support of student attendance at Field Camp
John T. Wilband Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1989 in memory of Dr. John T. Wilband, former EES faculty member and field camp director. Funds were made possible by Wilband’s family, friends, colleagues and students. The recipient will attend field camp this summer.
Wayne B. & Marian R. Henderson Scholarship
Established in 1995, this scholarship in named in memory of Wayne Henderson and his wife Marian. Wayne was a former geology student at MSU and worked tirelessly to spread understanding of the geological sciences.
Bennett T. Sandefur Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1989 in memory of Dr. Bennett T. Sandefur, faculty member and Coordinator for the Continuing Education Program in the College of Natural Science. Funds were made possible by Sandefur’s family, friends, colleagues and students.