Scholarship and Awards

Geology Department Scholarships and Awards

Michael Cummings Endowed Scholarship Scholarship 

The Cummings Scholarship is awarded to Junior or Senior undergraduate students of the Geology Department who have faced unexpected challenges during their education at Portland State University, either financial or circumstantial. We seek applicants whose graduations may be delayed by factors such as interrupted education, leaves of absence, or reduced course loads.

Qualifying criteria and application instructions:

  • Juniors and Seniors in good academic standing (≥ 3 GPA), with a minimum of 1 year left at PSU.
  • Student has completed:
    • G201 and G202 
    • 318 Processes in the Surface Environment
    • and currently enrolled or has completed G312 Mineralogy, or advanced beyond these courses.
  • Provide a written statement that explains the nature of the unexpected circumstances. Be sure your statement:
    • Describes the situation that affected or may affect your degree path while at PSU.
    • Explains how you would use the scholarship to overcome these challenges.
    • Describes how receipt of the scholarship will positively impact your remaining time at PSU, and enable you to complete your degree.
    • Statements should be no longer than one page, 12 point font, 1.5 line spacing.
  • Submit applications to the Department Chair no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, April 30, 2021.  Your written statement will be held confidential by the Department Chair, Martin Streck.  Dr. Streck will review these statements and will report with a summary of qualifying applicants to the Faculty for a final decision.

*Receipt of this scholarship may impact your financial aid.

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Scott Burns Legacy of Service Endowed Scholarship

The Scott Burns Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students of the Geology Department of either Senior academic standing or achieving a post-Baccalaureate Geology degree.  The purpose of the award is to support Geology Students in good academic standing who can demonstrate financial need.

Qualifying criteria:

  • Seniors & Post-baccalaureate candidates in good academic standing (≥ 3 GPA)
  • Student has completed:
    • Geology Majors: has completed or currently enrolled G326 Numerical Models
    • Earth Science Majors: has completed G318 Processes in the Surface Environment
  • A copy of your complete transcripts (PSU & Junior College records if applicable).
  • Provide a written statement explaining how receipt of the scholarship would positively impact your future career plans. In your statement be sure to stress your academic record and any financial need.
  • Submit applications to the Department Chair no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, April 30, 2021. Dr. Streck will provide these statements and other documentation to the faculty for review.

*Receipt of this scholarship may impact your financial aid.

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Kristovitch Endowed Geology Scholarship

The purpose of the Kristovitch Scholarship is to support Geology Graduate Students in good academic standing, who have begun their M.S. or Ph.D. research and could use the funds to support tuition, and/or living costs.

Qualifying criteria and application instructions:

  • Graduate Students in good academic standing (≥ 3 GPA)
  • Student has completed:
    • M.S. students: thesis proposal within the last year
    • Ph.D. students: within one year of Comprehensive exams (+/-)
  • Provide a copy of your complete graduate transcripts (PSU & transfer graduate credits if applicable).
  • List all support received for tuition, fees, and research (i.e. grants, awards, scholarships, tuition remission - from PSU and other agencies).
  • Provide a written statement that includes 1) progress in your current research; 2) explain your career goals; and 3) describe specific the ways in which receipt of the scholarship would positively impact your studies and career plans. For example, would it free up personal funds to attend a relevant workshop, meeting, or to conduct field work or lab analysis?  Demonstrate progress towards your research goals, and explain what makes you an exemplary candidate for this scholarship support.
    • Statements should be no longer than one page, 12 point font, 1.5 line spacing.
  • Submit applications to the Department Chair no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, April 30, 2021. The Geology faculty will review the applications.

*Be aware that receipt of this scholarship award may affect your financial aid.  If you are awarded a Kristovitch Scholarship you will be ineligible for this scholarship in future years. 

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Geology Field Camp Scholarship

The Field Camp Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students of the Geology Department enrolled in G481 Field Geology. These funds go towards the student fees associated with this course.

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Geology Transfer Student Scholarship

Coming soon...

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Rockie Endowed Geology Scholarship

This award is to encourage full-time enrollment towards an undergraduate B.S. degree in Geology.  These funds support undergraduate research projects.

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Outstanding Senior Awards

All students with Senior credit standing but who still have at least a term left beyond spring, including summer term, are reviewed for this award.

Criteria & Amounts:

  1. Grades for Senior Geology Core Courses: 324, 326, 434, 435, 485 (in progress grades)
  2. Awards are ranked by cumulative GPA for these classes, over 3.5.
  3. Amounts and number of awards decided by available funds

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Outstanding Junior Awards

All students with Junior or Senior credit standing and who have completed the Junior Geology core sequence but who still have a minimum of 1 year left at PSU are reviewed for this award. You will only be reviewed for this sequence once, the first year all core classes are completed with 319 in progress.

Criteria & Amounts:

  1. Grades for Junior Geology Core Courses: 312, 313, 314, 315, 319 (in progress grades).
  2. Awards are ranked by cumulative GPA for these classes, over 3.5.
  3. Amounts and number of awards decided by available funds

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Student Service Award

Given to One Grad student & One undergraduate for excellent service to the Department and Geology Community.

  1. Faculty will nominate students for this award.
  2. Service comes in many forms, but is generally considered volunteering for Department or Geology Community activities above and beyond what is required in a class, or for student research.  Volunteer activities include, but are not limited to: assisting at the Geology table during campus wide events and recruiting events; assisting with clean up across the department, in the storage area, or in a laboratory; volunteering to drive during field trips, and volunteering to assist with logistics (preparing and returning camping gear like stoves, coolers, etc.); organizing events for the various Geology clubs; Organizing student carpool and transport to attend Professional Geology meetings.

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Grant-in-Aid Award

These grants are intended to support thesis projects that are not supported by grants of the advisor or for which other external grants (e.g. GSA student grants) have been received. The grant is intended to defray costs associated with field work, equipment rental, analytical needs (e.g., instrument time, sample analyses), or consumables needed to undertake the project.

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Marvin Beeson Undergraduate Research Award

The Mavin Beeson award is to support student research by undergraduate and post-bacc students in Geology. These funds may support travel, analytical services, tuition, or living expenses.

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