Ed Picou Fellowship Grant for Graduate Studies in Earth Science
Program and rules for 2012-2013
Founded in 1981, the GCSSEPM Foundation is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization whose primary objective is to promote the science of stratigraphy in the Gulf Coast region through research in sedimentary petrology, reservoir quality, paleontology, and any other related geological and geophysical fields, especially as it relates to petroleum geology, with emphasis in (but not limited to) the Gulf Coast region.
The Foundation may engage in the following activities:
Conduct research directly or through promotion, assistance, encouragement, or support of studies and research in the field of stratigraphy and in the science related thereto
Disseminate information relating to stratigraphy and related fields through lectures, seminars, research conferences, symposia, publications, educational courses, teaching aids, and by other means and material
Conduct programs of continuing education in stratigraphy and related studies
Assist in career guidance to persons interested in stratigraphy and related studies
Assist public and private schools, colleges, universities, and technical schools in teaching and educating in the field of stratigraphy and related fields.
Therefore, we hope to support students whose theses or dissertations are related to our primary objective. We are primarily concerned with quality of work and how it relates to our objectives. By perusing the past winners of the Fellowship, you will see that we are not limited to a particular geographic area. We are interested in research on projects in North America/Caribbean in general, and the Gulf Coast Basin in particular. The maximum grant awarded will be $2500.
This program is open to graduate students of United States and Canadian universities only. Interested students should submit the following material, electronically only:
A short description of their proposed work, approximately 4–6 pages (in type no smaller than 11 point and with standard margins).
A separate file of expenses and other support should be included. Please note that valid expenses include field work and support thereof; we normally do not support attendance at conferences or meetings.
The student's advisor should submit an appropriate document of support in digital format sent from their university email address and in written format by snail mail.
We also require a short biography of the student as well as a digital photo. In your cover email, ensure that your full name, university, snail-mail address, email address, the name of your advisor, and their email address are included. We do not accept Word format but prefer files in PDF format, because of their smaller size. The email address for submission is firstname.lastname@example.org. The advisor's snail mail letter of support should be mailed to:
Norman C. Rosen
2719 S. Southern Oaks Drive
Houston, TX 77068
Terms and conditions
Submitting a proposal to the GCSSEPM indicates that you accept the following conditions:
The GCSSEPM Foundation will be acknowledged in the work.
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.
We request a note at six (6) month intervals letting us know 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
We require two notes (expanded abstracts) for publication in our GCSSEPM Newsletter. The first will refer to the goals of your study; in general the proposal for the grant will be used. The second will summarize theresults of the work after completion.
If the topic is appropriate for submission to the GCAGS-GCSSEPM, we request that you present your work at a GCAGS-GCSSEPM convention.
Please note that if awarded a grant, acceptance must be signed by both the student and the advisor.
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 2013 and into the 2013-2014 calendar/academic year. Therefore, we ask that all requests be sent after January 1, 2013 and received by us no later than March 1, 2013. We hope to notify award winners by the end of March 2013.