Two EAS Graduate Students Receive 2014 AAPG Student Research Grants
Highly Competitive Grants Support Geosciences Research
Two Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences graduate students, Kivanc Biber and Carolina Mejia, received grants through the 2014 American Association of Petroleum Geologists Grants-in-Aid Program which supports student research.
In 2014, AAPG Foundation awarded 91 graduate students across the world a total of $207,750 to support geoscience research. These funds are available annually thanks to AAPG’s named grants, most of which bear the names of generous supporters of the AAPG Foundation.
Grants are made to provide financial assistance to master’s or doctoral level students whose thesis research has application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-mineral resources and/or to related environmental geology issues. The program is highly competitive with only 24 percent of the applicants receiving funds.
Biber, a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Shuhab Khan, received $2,000 from the AAPG Don R. Boyd Memorial Grant for his petroleum reservoir study using a terrestrial laser scanner, digital photogrammetry, hyperspectral mapping and ground-penetrating radar.
Mejia, an M.S. student working with Dr. Paul Mann, received $2,000 from the AAPG Robert and Lynn Maby Memorial Grant for her study combining structural restoration and thermochronology to complexly thrusted oil reservoirs in the Cordillera Oriental of Colombia.