Micropaleontology Student Awards and Funds

As an organization for micropaleontologists, NAMS believes strongly in the importance of supporting development of students in our field. We are active in several initiatives to support student research and professional activities.

Garry Jones Award for NAMS Student Research

The NAMS Student Research Award is an annual scholarship offered to students working on graduate degrees in the field of micropaleontology. It is named in honor of two distinguished micropaleontologists who were tireless promoters of the discipline of micropaleontology as well as former NAMS Presidents: Garry Jones and Brian J. O'Neill.

The 2010 Jones/O’Neill Memorial Grant for NAMS student research recipient was Ms. Hilding-Kronforst for her work on Middle Eocene foraminifera in the Western North Atlantic. Ms. Hilding-Kronforst, a Ph.D. candidate at Texas A&M in College Station (Texas), plans to use the Jones/O’Neill Grant to cover the costs for the use of an SEM to image planktonic foraminifera.  The images will substantiate identifications and preserve important research information after the specimens have been destroyed for isotope and trace element analysis.  These analyses will support her research on how and why the climate transitioned from anEocene greenhouse to an Oligocene icehouse.

No applications were received for the 2011 award. The 2012 applications are currently under consdieration.

Applications for the 2013 award will be solicited in the fall of 2012, with an expected closing date in February, 2013. Application packages will include an application form, project proposal, and letter of recommendation from the student's advisor.

Mobil Foundation Student Participation Grants for NAMS student members

The Mobil Foundation generously funds an SEPM grant program to provide travel funds for students selected by SEPM Sections to attend the Annual SEPM/AAPG Meeting. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to discover the spectrum of science presented at the Annual Meetings and to begin expanding their professional network, while building a better working relationship between SEPM and its sections. NAMS is pleased to participate in this program to support presentation of a student paper or poster based on research with a substantial micropaleontologic component. An annual call for student papers is sent to the NAMS membership well in advance of AAPG/SEPM meeting abstract deadlines.

Please watch the NAMS newsletter and website for annoucements. For more information, please contact one of the NAMS officers.


Updated 19 March 2012

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