Memorial Funds Grants Program

Colorado Scientific Society

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Predicted deadline: Mar 31, 2022

Grant amount: US $600 - US $1,000

Fields of work: Geology Geophysics

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Conference, Research, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world


Memorial Funds Grants Program

The Colorado Scientific Society invites junior and senior undergraduates and graduate students in Master’s and Ph.D. programs at accredited colleges and universities to apply for research grants to be awarded in late April. Approximately a dozen to fifteen grants ranging from $600 to $1000 each will be awarded for field-oriented research on geology, engineering geology, geochemistry, and geophysics on the Rocky Mountain region.


Since 1984, the Colorado Scientific Society has established six memorial funds that are supported by the gifts in memory of past members Ogden Tweto, Steven Oriel, Edwin Eckel, Bill Pierce, and George Snyder to support undergraduate and graduate student research in the Rocky Mountain west.

  • The Tweto Fund was established to support field investigations of regional geologic and stratigraphic problems with emphasis on the geology of Colorado.
  • The Oriel Fund focuses on regional geologic and stratigraphic problems with emphasis on the geology of the Rocky Mountain Region and the Overthrust Belt.
  • The Eckel Fund primarily supports research in engineering geology.
  • The Pierce Fund supports studies of the Heart Mountain fault, northwest Wyoming, and of Quaternary geology.
  • The Snyder Fund supports field studies in the Rocky Mountains, focusing on Precambrian igneous and metamorphic geology and basement tectonics.

Income from the funds is provided to undergraduate and graduate students to support research in earth sciences. Since 1996, the Society has awarded grants that total between about $8,000 and $12,000 each year.

In addition, the Charles Pillmore Fund (established in 2004) supports student participation on Society field trips.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must be either a junior or senior undergraduate student or enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. graduate program at an accredited college or university.
  • Applications must be presented under the name of the student doing the research and may not be used for institutions or faculty members.
  • Applicants need not be members of the Colorado Scientific Society.
  • Funds may be used for:
    • travel to, from, or within field-study area or laboratory facilities
    • camping/lodging and meals
    • field expenses
    • maps (base maps, imagery, etc.)
    • materials and supplies (if not available from university, etc.)
    • equipment or instruments necessary for the research (if not available from university, etc.)
    • laboratory expenses
    • other expenses directly related to the fulfillment of the research proposal


  • Funds are not authorized for:
    • tuition
    • university administrative overhead or fees
    • salaries to grantees or assistants
    • living expenses of families of the grantees
    • reimbursement for work already accomplished
    • items usually provided by a college or university (equipment, instruments, laboratory facilities, supplies, vehicles, or other)
    • attendance at professional meetings
    • thesis preparation (typing, copying, or binding)
    • other non-research items

This page was last reviewed March 18, 2021 and last updated February 01, 2021