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Fellowships & Scholarships

The Department of Geosciences - through various Scholarship Endowment Funds, the University of Houston Geology Alumni Association, the College of Natural Science and Mathematics Alumni Association, The Robert and Margaret Sheriff SEG Fellowship Endowment, the Houston Geological Society and other sponsoring corporations and organizations - nominates or awards through its Scholarship and Awards Committee or its Graduate Admission Committee many scholarships and fellowships for well-qualified Geology, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences undergraduate and graduate majors enrolled full time at the University of Houston.

Application Forms

Eligibility

Scholarships are open to all eligible individuals. There are no restrictions to applicants based on sex, race, age, nationality, religion, disability, or country of origin except for restrictions designated by the scholarship donor.

Incoming Freshmen

Applicant must be a graduating high school senior with an SAT score of at least 1200 (or ACT score of 16 or better), and must meet all other admission requirements for the University of Houston College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The recipient must enroll in, and complete, a minimum course load of 12 semester credit hours (full-time equivalent) as a major in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 during the fall semester of the award and enroll in and complete a minimum course load of 12 semester credit hours (full-time equivalent) in the spring semester of the award.

Continuing Undergraduates

Applicant must be an undergraduate student in good standing at the University of Houston, must be a declared major in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in all courses taken at UH, and must have 24 or more semester credit hours remaining in the degree program at the time of the scholarship award. The recipient must enroll in, and complete, a minimum course load of 12 semester credit hours (full-time equivalent) in the fall and spring semesters following receipt of the award as a major in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. The exception to this is the Field Camp award, which can be used by graduating seniors to attend the UH field camp offered the summer immediately after the award is given and requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher in all courses taken at UH (see below).

Field Camp Scholarship Applicants

Applicant must be a current junior or senior in good standing at the University of Houston, must be a declared major in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher in all courses taken at UH. The award must be used for UH field camp tuition and fees the summer immediately after the award is given. If the student delays attendance at field camp, then they must reapply the following year.

Graduate Students

Applicant must be a graduate student in good standing at the University of Houston, must be a major in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher. The recipient must enroll in, and complete, a minimum course load of 9 semester credit hours each semester of the award, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25.

Other Eligibility

Some award donors may have set specific GPA, financial need, U.S. citizenship requirements that must be followed. In addition, some awards may not be accompanied by scholarships (e.g. Furbunch Award for outstanding Field work). Graduate fellowship assistance in the form of scholarships provided by external sponsors is typically awarded during the admission process based on academic ranking, GRE and TOEFL scores, and prior undergraduate records and preparedness for graduate studies. These scholarships are often matched for exceptionally well qualified students by the Dean of Graduate studies with Presidential Scholarships on a 1:1 or 2:1 basis. The Graduate Committee, which consists of the Chair of the Department and graduate advisors for Geology, Geophysics, Atmospheric Science and Environmental Sciences, will recommend these supplemental scholarships for those students who rank the highest in the selection process during the admission of new graduate students. Society of Exploration Geophysicists and Houston Geological Society awards require application directly to the Society and HGS awards require faculty nominations.

Several awards for outstanding research talks and posters are granted each year during Student Research Day in April and the Sheriff Lecture in November. A committee of faculty and alumni judges will review and rank talks and posters in choosing the most outstanding presentations for the awards. The grants awarded are in the form of travel grants to national meetings. The students must attend the meet within the following fiscal year and provide a talk or posters to a national or international audience.

Selection Criteria

The scholarship committee shall review scholarship applications of majors in the Department for scholarships and awards dispensed each spring for the following academic year. Scholarship applications are ranked by the committee and deserving students based on academic performance and sometimes other criteria such as financial need or specific requirements listed by the sponsor (e.g. U.S. Citizenship, foreign citizenship, graduate or undergraduate status, major in Geology, Geophysics, Atmospheric Sciences, or freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior, M.S. or Ph.D. status, etc.). Each industrial or philanthropic organization sponsor may have different criteria from year to year and these may change yearly dependent on the sponsor's objectives for that year. The scholarship committee works to assign the internal scholarships in its control based on the sponsor's directives (e.g., academic performance, financial need, major, graduate or undergraduate status, etc.). In some cases outside sponsors work through their own scholarship committees to make awards, but ask for departmental nominations from the scholarship committee. The scholarship committee attempts to balance and distribute the number of awards among well-qualified students based on the specific criteria for the award or scholarship so that the broadest number of students attains support. From time to time, exceptionally well-qualified students may receive multiple awards at the discretion of the committee based on their academic excellence.

Application Deadline

The department will accept scholarship applications beginning January 1, and all applications must be received by January 31 of each year.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit the scholarship application with requested attachments on line (see link above). Complete only one on-line application to be considered for all Earth and Atmospheric Science scholarships for which you are eligible. Incomplete applications that do not include all requested attachments will not be considered for a scholarship.

Notification of Scholarship Award

Most of the internal awards are made each spring at the annual departmental awards ceremony (generally the last Friday of classes spring semester) for the subsequent academic year or summer session. For other awards the scholarship recipients will be notified when a scholarship is awarded.

Scholarship Fund Disbursements

Scholarships disbursement will be made in two equal increments (fall and spring) directly into the recipient's student account upon verification of enrollment, major, and minimum qualification requirements. Field camp scholarships will be awarded prior to the start of field camp. Travel grants will be disbursed after travel records, documenting the travel and presentation, are submitted.

Forfeiture

Failure of the recipient to register for classes (at least 12 semester credit hours for undergraduates and 9 semester credit hours for graduate students) by the published UH late registration deadline will constitute an automatic forfeiture of the scholarship, with the exception of the Field Camp Scholarships. For Field Camp Scholarships, failure of the recipient to register for the UH Earth and Atmospheric Science Department Field Camp the summer of the award will constitute an automatic forfeiture of the scholarship. Travel grants must be used by the student within the following fiscal year for travel expenses to present a talk or poster at a national or international professional meeting. Travel grants can be used after graduation, but funds not used within one fiscal year after the award will be forfeited. Documentation of travel and the presentation must be provided for reimbursement.

Scholarships and Awards Provided

Contingent on Sponsors Support in Any Given Year
(U = Undergraduate Scholarships, G = Graduate Scholarships, GF = Graduate Fellowships)

  1. Avery Clifford and Loise B. Dodds Scholarships (U - Geology and Geophysics)
  2. The Robert and Margaret Sheriff SEG Fellowship Endowment (GF - for first year foreign students in geophysics -Awarded by SEG to a UH student)
  3. Atmospheric Science Graduate Assistantships
  4. Eckhard Pfeiffer and Carolyn Farb Alumni Association Scholarships Guidelines pdf
  5. SEG Foundation Scholarship Program
  6. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation
  7. Milton B. Dobrin Memorial Scholarship For the Outstanding Geophysics Graduate Student (G-Geophysics)
  8. University of Houston Geoscience Alumni Association Samuel Penn Memorial Scholarships (U - Geology and Geophysics) (link -under construction)
  9. University of Houston Geology Alumni Association Samuel Dalton Null Memorial Scholarships (U - Geology and Geophysics)
  10. Ernest J. Murdock Scholarships -Awarded to a UH undergraduate in geology or geophysics intending to enroll in a UH Geology or Geophysics graduate program (G - Geology and Geophysics)
  11. Houston Geological Society Undergraduate Scholarships (U - Geology)
  12. Houston Geological Society Outstanding Student Award (G - Geology)
  13. Shell Scholarships (U, G - Geology and Geophysics)
  14. Marathon Scholarships (U, G - Geology and Geophysics)
  15. BP Scholarships (U, G - Geology and Geophysics)
  16. BP Graduate Fellowship (U, G - Geology and Geophysics)
  17. Chevron Scholarships (U, G, - Geology and Geophysics)
  18. Halliburton Scholarships (U, G, - Geology and Geophysics)
  19. ExxonMobil Scholarships (U, G - Geology and Geophysics)
  20. Phillips Petroleum Scholarship (U, G - Geology and Geophysics)
  21. Allan Wong Endowed Scholarship (U - Geophysics)
  22. John C. Butler Presidential Endowed Scholarship for outstanding incoming undergraduate who declares geology or geophysics as their major (4 year award). (U - Geology and Geophysics)
  23. Furbunch Award - Outstanding Field Work in Field Methods Course
  24. Field Award for Outstanding Field Work in Research
  25. Outstanding Teaching Assistant
  26. Outstanding Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Freshmen
  27. Outstanding Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Sophomore
  28. Outstanding Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Junior
  29. Outstanding Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Senior