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Founded in 1882, the Colorado Scientific Society promotes knowledge, the understanding of science, and its application to human needs, focusing primarily on earth science, but welcoming members with interests in all fields of science.


The Colorado Scientific Society invites 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 2012. Several grants ranging from $600 to $1000 each will be awarded for field-oriented research on geology, geochemistry, and geophysics on the Rocky Mountain region. In addition, grants as large as $600 are awarded for engineering geology research (with no restriction on geographic area of interest) and one or more grants for as much as $1200 is offered for studies on the Heart Mountain fault in northwestern Wyoming or for Quaternary studies with no geographic restriction.

Applications should be submitted via email; however, regular mail is permitted but only as a last resort.

E-mail applications consist of the Grant Application Form (PDF format or Doc format) and the Appraisal of Applicant (PDF format or Doc format) as attachments to e-mails sent to:

Matt Sares: 

Applications sent through the mail consist of five copies (one original and four copies) each of the Grant Application Form (PDF format or Doc format) and the Appraisal of Applicant (PDF format or Doc format) submitted together to:

Chair, Memorial Research Funds
Colorado Scientific Society 
Div. of Water Resources
1313 Sherman St, #818
Denver, CO 80203

If required, confidentiality of the supporting "Appraisal of Applicant" can be preserved by enclosing that completed form in a separate, sealed envelope to be mailed along with the student's application.

DEADLINE:  E-mail applications must be received by Matt Sares by April 21, 2014.  Mailed applications must be postmarked by the same date. 

Since 1984, the Colorado Scientific Society has established six memorial funds that are supported by the gifts of members and friends, including the Ogden Tweto Fund (established 1984), the Steven Oriel Fund (established 1986), the Edwin Eckel Fund (established 1990), the Bill Pierce Fund (established 1994), and the George Snyder Fund (established 1998). Income from the funds is provided to graduate students to support research in earth sciences. Since 1996, the Society has awarded grants that total between about $8,000 and $11,000 each year. In addition, the Charles Pillmore Fund (established 2004) supports student participation on Society field trips.

Since the inception of the Memorial Fund grants, the Society has helped support the graduate research of 198 students, awarding a total of $157,600 (an average of almost $800 per grant).




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