Four Ph.D. Students Receive Research Grants

Support Awarded by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists

Pin Lin, Crystal Saadeh, Tyson Smith and Yiduo Andy Liu, all Ph.D. students in the University of Houston’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, have been awarded 2016 Grants-In-Aid funding from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation.

In 2016, the program awarded 116 graduate students across the world with a total of $260,000 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

Pin Lin

M. Ray Thomasson Named Grant: Supports Pin's basin modeling and thermal maturity study based on archived cores from the South Florida basin. Her research is supervised by Dr. Paul Mann.

Crystal Saadeh

Arthur A. Meyerhof Memorial Grant: Supports Saadeh’s study of chemical weathering rates in the Campanian Book Cliffs of Utah. Her research is supervised by Dr. Joel Saylor.

Tyson Smith

Classen Family Named Grant: Supports Smith’s research on the geologic history of the Ancestral Rocky Mountains. He is supervised by Dr. Joel Saylor. Smith received an AAPG grant-in-aid award for the same research project in 2015.

Yiduo Andy Liu
J. Elmer Thomas Past Presidents Memorial Grant: Supports Yiduo’s research on fracture networks in the Sheep Mountain anticline of Wyoming. He is supervised by Dr. Mike Murphy.