Grant Recipients


Ohood Bader Al Salem
Aaron Marinez


Bharat Banjade
Jonathon Rice
Tracy Thomson


Baharat Banjade
Viviana Diaz
Jonathan Obrist
Chelsea Pederson
Jesse Pisel
Maria Prieto
Jason Sanford
Tracy Thomson
Jie Xu


Clement Bataille
Jared Bowen
Thomas Hearon
Sara Henry
Jessica Hudock
Zachary Kita
Daniel Livsey
Andrew Macumber
Kelsey McNamara
Hiranya Sahoo
Mygdalys Salazar
Lidya Tarhan
David Weinstein
Emily Wooton


Rachael Acks
Jennifer A. Barth
Kelly Best
Thomas Cawthern
Matthew Corbett
Jessica Douglas
Nicole Dzenowski
Andrew Fraass
Padmavathi Iyengar
Vishal Maharaj
Diana Ortega-Ariza
Eric Prokocki
Jane Stammer
Emily Wooton


Ed Picou Fellowship Grant for Graduate Studies in Earth Science

Programs and rules for 2016

Founded in 1981, the GCSSEPM Foundation is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization whose primary objective is to promote the science of stratigraphy through research in sedimentary petrology, reservoir quality, paleontology, and any other related geological and geophysical fields, especially as they relate to petroleum geology, with emphasis in (but not limited to) the Gulf Coast region.

Among the activities which the Foundation may engage in are:

Therefore, we are hoping to support students whose theses or dissertations are related to our primary objective.  We are primarily concerned about quality of work and how it relates to our objectives. If you look at past winners of the Fellowship, we are not limited to a particular geographic area. We are interested in research on projects in North America/Caribbean in general, the Gulf Coast Basin in particular. Maximum grant will be for $2500.

Because of changes in federal regulations, this program is open to graduate students in United States universities only. Interested students should submit all material electronically only: (1) a short description of their proposed work, approximately 4-6 pages (in type no smaller than 11 point and with standard margins). (2) A separate file of expenses and other support should be included; please note, valid expenses should be for field work and support thereof; we normally do not support attendance at conferences or meetings. (3) The student's advisor should write an appropriate document of support in digital format sent from their university e-mail address and in written format by snail mail. (4) We also require a short biography of the student as well as a digital photo. In your cover e-mail, ensure that your full name, your university, your snail-mail address, your e-mail address, the name of your adviser, and their e-mail address are included. We do accept Word format but prefer if files are send in PDF as they are much smaller and are easier to send as e-mail attachments. The e-mail address for submission is:

The adviser’s snail-mail letter of support should be mailed to:

Dr. Norman C. Rosen
Executive Director
GCSSEPM Foundation
611 Calle Paula
Solana Beach, CA 92075

Submission of a proposal to the GCSSEPM indicates acceptance of the following conditions:

  1. The GCSSEPM Foundation will be acknowledged in the work.

  2. This money is being granted for the defraying of the cost of thesis/dissertation work associated with a degree program only. In the event that this work is not done, the money must be returned to us.

  3. We request a note at six (6) month intervals updating us about the progress of the research. The first such note will be due (i.e., posted) by December of the year in which the award is granted.

  4. You will submit two notes (expanded abstracts) for publication in our GCSSEPM Newsletter. The first will refer to the goals of your study; the proposal for the grant in general will be used. The second will be a summary of results of the work after completion.

  5. If the topic is appropriate for submittal to the GCAGS-GCSSEPM, we request that you present your work at a GCAGS-GCSSEPM convention; we reserve the right to ask that you prepare a poster for one of our research conferences (free entry).

  6. Please note that if awarded a grant, acceptance must be signed by both the student and the adviser.

Failure to comply with these terms may result in our refusal to consider future proposals from students of your professor and university. (Please make your advisor aware of this.)


This program is designed to support research starting the summer of 2016 and into the 2016-2017 calender/academic year. Therefore, we ask that all requests be sent after January 1, 2016 and received by us no later than April 1, 2016. We hope to notify award winners by April 2016.