Scholarships | Awards

Two geophysics students working in the field with Julie Bowles.

The Department of Geosciences offer several scholarships and awards to Geosciences students each year. Students are encouraged to apply for all scholarships that they qualify for using the online department-wide scholarship application. Most application deadlines are in spring (March & April) for the following school year (i.e. apply in March 2019 for scholarships paid in the 2019-20 school year). Scholarship recipients are announced at the annual recognition banquet held at the end of the spring semester.

Our available scholarships and their criteria are listed below.

For Undergraduates

Katherine Greacon Nelson Memorial Scholarship

(applications accepted February 26 through March 11, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year)

The primary purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to students for research or other appropriate programs of a professional nature related to their studies in geology or geophysics. This scholarship honors the Department of Geosciences founder and former faculty member, Dr. Katherine Greacon Nelson. Qualified applicants will:

  • Be an undergraduate major or intended major in Geosciences enrolled for the 2019-20 school year
  • Have demonstrated academic achievement, to be determined by the Department of Geosciences and the selection committee
  • Have demonstrated financial need as shown on the FAFSA
  • Conduct Summer 2019 field work or Summer 2019 research

Nelson Cherkauer Lasca Legacy Scholarship

(applications accepted February 26 through March 11, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year)

The Nelson Cherkauer Lasca Legacy Scholarship is intended to provide support for undergraduate students enrolled in the Geosciences Department who participate in Field Camp. The number of awards and amount per award vary. The criteria are:

  • Undergraduate student participating in a Field Camp
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more
  • History of employment (may be satisfied through university employment)

Robert E. Gernant Memorial Scholarship

(applications accepted February 26 through March 11, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year)

The primary purpose of the Robert E. Gernant Memorial Scholarship is to support undergraduate students in geology field courses or extended field trips. This memorial fund honors former faculty member Dr. Robert E. Gernant. Applicants should meet these criteria:

  • Undergraduate major or intended major in Geosciences enrolled for the 2019-20 school year
  • Be a participant in field courses or field work in Geology
  • Preference will be give to a student enrolled in a beginning course
  • A secondary preference will be give to a paleontology student

Undergraduate Research Award

(applications accepted February 26 through March 11, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year)

The Department of Geosciences, benefiting from many generous donations from our alumni to the UWM Foundation, were fortunate enough to set up a general scholarship fund to provide support for high achieving students in the department. In recognition of the accomplishments of many of our undergraduate students, who conduct much of their own research above and beyond the expectations of their curriculum study, the faculty determined the best use for these scholarships was to reward those hard-working undergraduate students and to promote further research achievements in our undergraduate program. Criteria include:

  • Undergraduate student in Geosciences enrolled for the 2019-20 school year, with a preference for declared majors or minors
  • High academic achievement
  • Conducting research in the discipline

For Undergraduates or Graduate Students

Dr. Thomas S. Hooyer Award

(applications accepted February 26 through March 11, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year)

This department award provides field research support for undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the Department of Geosciences. This award honors former Geosciences Associate Professor, Dr. Thomas S. Hooyer, who served the department from 2009 to 2014. Recipients of this award receive either $500 for domestic research or $750 for international research (including Hawaii or Alaska). The money should be used to defray the cost of field research and related travel expenses. Criteria include:

  • Demonstrated academic merit, to be determined by the Department of Geosciences and the selection committee
  • Enrolled in a degree program through the Department of Geosciences
  • Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or graduate student standing
  • Participating in a field research project, with a preference for students whose research is focused on the Quaternary

Student Conference Travel Award

(applications accepted February 26 through March 11, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year)

The number of awards and amount per award may vary (maximum award is $200). This award is offered from funds allocated by the faculty to help students pay for travel expenses when presenting at local, national, or international professional geological conferences. Criteria are:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student in geosciences
  • Presenting at the conference in which they are attending (either oral or poster is acceptable)
  • Preference will be given to students who have not received a department Conference Travel Award before

Student Research Symposium Award

Undergraduates and graduates students are urged to participate in the Annual Student Research Symposium by submitting an abstract and giving a brief presentation about the research projects they are currently working on. A call will be put out when materials may be submitted, but students will need to prepare a 300-word abstract which describes their research project, plus a 150-word introduction and biography, and a selfie for the program booklet. A faculty committee will review each submition and determine whether the student will give an oral presentation or a poster presentation.

Best Graduate and Undergraduate Presentation Awards are given to the recipients of the highest scores received from a judging panel of department faculty. The recipient is honored at the Annual Student Recognition Banquet and receives a cash award of $100.

For Graduate Students

Graduate Research Award

(applications accepted February 26 through March 11, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year)

The Department of Geosciences is now seeking applications for our own “Graduate Student Research Award.” This award is designed to recognize the top research conducted by MS and PhD students who are in the final year of their degree programs. Applicants should meet the following criteria:

1. Be in good standing within the Department of Geosciences.

2. Be a student who intends to complete an MS or PhD degree in the Department of Geosciences within the next year (May, August, or December graduates acceptable).

3. Have submitted a thesis proposal, which has been accepted by the student’s thesis committee.

4. Have performed excellent research at UWM in the Department of Geosciences in partial fulfillment of MS or PhD degree.

Applicants should complete the application form and request a recommendation letter from their research advisor (to be submitted directly to the Department). The recipient (or, rarely, multiple recipients) will be announced at the Annual Student Recognition Banquet.

L. Joseph Lukowicz Memorial Scholarship

(applications accepted February 26 through March 11, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year)

The primary purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial aid to students undertaking field-oriented lithostratigraphic thesis projects. This scholarship honors a former Geosciences graduate student. Qualified applicants will:

  • Be a graduate student at the master’s level
  • Conduct summer field work/research

Nelson Cherkauer Lasca Legacy Summer Research Fellowship

(applications accepted February 26 through March 11, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year)

This fellowship provides support for exceptional Geosciences graduate students conducting summer research related to their thesis projects. If granted, students will be awarded $4,000 at the end of the preceding Spring semester to offset the cost of conducting research over the summer. Students may choose to use this award to cover living expenses, fieldwork or lab expenses (or other needed costs), but are encouraged to consider it as an hourly wage of $15/hour over the course of 7 weeks, limiting the need to seek outside employment for at least a part of the summer. The criteria are:

  • Graduate student
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more
  • History of employment (may be satisfied through university employment)
  • Anticipated timeline for summer research-related tasks

Wisconsin Geological Society Scholarship

(applications accepted February 26 through March 11, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year)

The recipients of this award receive between $500 and $1,000. The money can be spent in any manner, but it is most often spent to help defray the cost of research or related travel expenses. The recipient of this award is expected to give an oral presentation on their thesis project to a meeting of the Wisconsin Geological Society. Scholarships shall be based upon the following criteria:

  • Graduate student in Geosciences
  • Priority to students who are (or have been) actively engaged as members of the Wisconsin Geological Society for at least one year, as evidenced by participation in membership functions
  • Academic merit
  • Preference for graduate students who will be continuing in the department next academic year

 

Wisconsin Geological Society Research Grant

(applications accepted February 26 through March 11, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year)

The Wisconsin Geological Society Research Grant was offered for the first time in 2013 and is being made available again through an account that the Wisconsin Geological Society has generously donated to our department.

These funds are separate from the annual scholarship being offered by the WGS and are going to be awarded as a grant, rather than a scholarship. This money can therefore be used for field work, lab analyses/expenses, supplies, and/or any other expenses that are necessary to conduct your research as you work towards completing your graduate degree. All expenses charged to this award are subject to university policies and procedures regarding purchasing, travel, and reimbursements.

This research grant will be offered at a maximum of $1,000 per recipient and must be spent on research costs that will occur between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. Actual amounts awarded to each student are determined by the number of applications received, and those that qualify.