About NMGS Scholarships & Awards

Overview:

The New Mexico Geological Society supports geoscience students in New Mexico via scholarships, awards, discounts, and subsidies that, combined, exceed $50,000 per year. The society funds both competitive and non-competitive scholarships and awards. Applications for competitive awards are due by the third Friday in February of each year. Non-competitive award recipients are typically chosen by faculty at New Mexico geoscience departments.

Summary of Scholarships & Awards

Below is a summary of the scholarships, awards, and amounts awarded to students every year. See our scholarship details page for more information on each of the these scholarships and how to apply.

Competitive Awards:

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  • Graduate Grants-in-Aid: up to $2000 (the two top ranked grant-in-aid applicants will receive the $2500 Kottlowski Research and Cearley Awards respectively)
  • Graduate and Undergraduate Cearley Geochronology Award: up to $2000
  • Graduate Mentorship Award: up to $1500
  • Lucille H. Pipkin Undergraduate Research Award: up to $1500 (the top ranked undergraduate applicant will receive the $2500 Cearley Award)
  • Outstanding Student Papers $100 each (for the best oral and best poster presentation at the Spring Meeting)
  • Student Science Fair Winners: $100 each (two awards to outstanding presentation of geoscience-oriented projects submitted to regional New Mexico science fairs and to the New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair)

Non-competitive Awards:

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  • Lucille H. Pipkin Senior Scholarship: $500 each (to a geoscience major who will be a Senior the following academic year at each of ENMU, NMHU, NMIMT, NMSU, and UNM)
  • Lucille H. Pipkin Book Scholarship: variable by school, maximum $150 each (to undergraduate geoscience students at NM schools)
  • Outstanding Senior Award $100 plus The Geology of NM (to the outstanding graduating senior in geosciences at WNMU)
  • Robert Wellnitz Memorial Scholarship: $1000 (for field oriented research in NM; rotates among the Geoscience Departments at UNM, NMIMT, and NMSU)
  • Beverly Wellnitz Memorial Scholarship: $500 each (two graduate recipients per year; rotates between UNM, NMIMT, or NMSU)
  • Fall Field Conference Scholarships: variable by year, includes fall field conference registration and a small stipend for travel and lodging (awarded to graduate and undergraduate students at each New Mexico university offering earth science related degrees, number of awards determined by the NMGS Executive committee each year)
  • Cearley Fall Field Conference Scholarships: variable by year, includes fall field conference registration and a small stipend for travel and lodging (awarded to ten graduate and undergraduate students at New Mexico universities offering earth science related degrees)