SEPM Foundation

Proudly providing education & research funds for over 30 years

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The Foundation is a U.S. 501(c)(3) corporation. Donations and gifts are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Gifts and donations in the form of cash or securities are welcome.

Planned giving through a will or trust is also deeply appreciated. If you have any questions please contact the Foundation at 918-994-6216 ext. 101 or email

Donations can be made securely by contacting the SEPM HQ office or by using our donation form.
The SEPM Foundation Inc. raises and distributes funds in support of SEPM activities. Through various funds, support is given to student activities, publications, short courses, research conferences and other appropriate endeavors.

The Foundation provides support by:
  • Making research grant awards each year to support student MSc. and Ph.D. research. In 2014 research awards totaling $37,800 were made to 34 students out of a total of 54 applications. Awards ranged from $500 to $2,000. The profiles below will give you a flavor for the research activities of some of our award winners.

  • Supporting student travel to our annual AAPG-SEPM meeting for poster presentations. Travel awards to 16 students to travel to the AAPG annual meeting were made in 2014.

SEPM Foundation Fund List

The Foundation has 18 separate funds, whose monies are designated for specific uses. For a complete list of the funds and their purposes visit our SEPM Foundation Fund List web page. To apply for grants from the Foundation, please contact us at 918-994-6216 ext. 101 or

Ms. Viviana Diaz Diaz

I received a grant from the SEPM Foundation in 2013 to fund part of my dissertation project in the Dominican Republic.

I was extremely fortunate to receive the SEPM grant because I had no other funding for this study. My dissertation research deals with the development of porosity and permeability during the early alteration of reefal limestone using several core borings.

Tony Pugliano

In spring of 2014 I was fortunate enough to receive a SEPM Foundation grant to help support my thesis research for my master's degree at the University of Kansas.

My research includes using heterozoan carbonate outcrops in southeastern Spain as analogs for reservoir and sedimentologic modeling.

Evan Jones

I am extremely grateful for the financial support from SEPM for my dissertation. To complete my Ph.D. research I need to generate my own research funds, and without the support of organizations like SEPM I would not be able to move forward with my work.

My research focuses on understanding the controls on the compositional variability of fluvial sandstones in the Early Eocene Wasatch Formation in Northwestern Colorado and Northeastern Utah.

Diana Ortega-Ariza

I received a grant from the SEPM Foundation in 2010 to fund part of my dissertation project in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

My dissertation research focuses on development of absolute-age constrained sequence stratigraphic frameworks and construction of rock-based quantitative sea-level histories for Miocene carbonate-dominated systems.

SEPM Foundation Board

Rick Sarg - Golden, Colorado

Donna Anderson - Golden, Colorado

John Robinson – Denver, Colorado

Richard Fluegeman - Muncie, Indiana 

John Snedden - Austin, Texas

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