Three Ph.D. Students Receive Research Grants

Three Ph.D. Students Receive Research Grants
Support Awarded by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists

AAPGYiduo Liu, Tyson Smith, and Jingjing Zong, Ph.D. students in the University of Houston’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, have each been awarded 2015 Grants-In-Aid funding from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation.

In 2015, the program awarded 121 graduate students across the world with a total of $239,000 in research funds. These funds are available annually thanks to named grants, most of which bear the names of generous donors and innovators in the energy industry. These highly competitive grants are made to provide financial assistance to M.S. or Ph.D. level students whose thesis research has application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-mineral resources and/or to environmental geology issues.

The AAPG Grants-in-Aid Fund affords AAPG Foundation contributors an opportunity to make a long-term investment, not only in the future of a well-qualified student, but also in the future of petroleum geology as a science and profession.

AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid Recipients

Yiduo Liu
SEAPEX (South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society) Named Grant: Supports Liu’s geologic research on igneous rocks in the Gulf of Mexico region. His research is supervised by Dr. Mike Murphy.

Tyson Smith
John H. and Coleen Silcox Named Grant: Supports Smith’s geologic research on the tectonic and sedimentary history of the Ancestral Rockies in Texas and Colorado. His work is supervised by Dr. Joel Saylor.

Jingjing Zong
Sherman A. Wengard Memorial Grant: Supports Zong’s geophysical research on the elastic properties of salt. She is supervised by Dr. Robert Stewart.