Colorado Scientific Society Research Grants
Student Research Grants
Research Grants Awarded for 2004
The CSS Memorial Fund Committee (Jim Cappa,
Eric Nelson, Bruce Bryant, Greg Holden, and Don
Sweetkind) met on April 28, 2004 to evaluate proposals
for the Tweto, Oriel, Eckel, Snyder, and
Pierce Heart Mountain funds. We received 24
proposals (five fewer than last year) from 18
universities throughout the United States.
Twelve awards totaling $9,425 were made
from the five funds. $2,800 total, which supported
three proposals, was awarded from the Tweto Fund
for research in the Rocky Mountains. The Oriel
Fund for research in the central and northern Rocky
Mountains awarded $2,000 total to three proposals.
The Eckel Fund for research in engineering geology
awarded $625 to support one partial proposal. The
Snyder Fund for research on Precambrian geology
of the Rocky Mountains awarded $1,000 to one
proposals. A total of $3,000 was awarded from the
Pierce Heart Mountain Fund, under new guidelines
established by the Pierce family last year, for
research on the Heart Mountain fault and in areas
not covered well by the other funds. This year a
proposal for work on the Heart Mountain fault and
three other proposals were funded.
During the past 21 years (including this
year), the Society has helped support the graduate
research of 165 students, awarding a total of
$125,657 (an average of nearly $750 per grant).
This achievement is extraordinary for an
organization of our size and exemplifies the
commitment of its members to promote high-quality
research in the earth sciences. It was an honor and
pleasure to serve as Memorial Fund Chair this year
and I want to extend a “thank you” to all the
Memorial Fund donors that have made these grants
possible. The 2004 recipients of CSS memorial
funds awards are as follows:
- Matthew Bourke, UCLA, Sedimentary and tectonic
analysis of the Kishenehn Basin, northwest
Montana – an analogue for Tertiary extensional
basins of the western U.S.
- Charity Hall, University of Northern Arizona, Postglacial
vegetation and fire history of Hermit
Lake, northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains,
- Michael Meredith, University of Wyoming,
Archean crustal development in the Tin Cup
Mountain area, Granite Mountains, Wyoming, a
product of plate tectonics.
- Timothy McIntyre, Colorado School of Mines,
Alteration and mineralization of the Wingate
sandstone, Paradox Basin, Utah-Colorado.
- Khitam Alzughoul, Colorado School of Mines,
Mineralization in the Whitehorn Stock area, NE
- Jessica Moore Ali-Adeeb, University of Utah,
Three-dimensional fluvial architecture and
reservoir modeling of the Green River
- Peter J. Schmitz, University of Wyoming,
Emplacement style of Late Archean Louis Lake
batholith, southern Wyoming Province.
- Daniel Hembre, University of Kansas, Using
modern burrowing organisms to determine
paleoenvironmental , paleoclimatic, and
paleoecological significance of continental
ichnofossils in the Eocene-Oligocene White
River Formation, Logan County, Colorado.
- Joseph J. Beer, University of Minnesota at Duluth,
Sequence stratigraphy of fluvial and lacustrine
deposits in the lower part of the Chinle
Formation, central Utah: Paleoclimatic and
- Nathaniel Gilbertson, Colorado School of Mines,
3-D geologic modeling and fracture interpretation
of the Tensleep Sandstone, Alcova Anticline,
- Scott Salamoff, Colorado State University,
Integration of fold modes with fracture history in
Laramide anticlinal oil traps: an example from
the Elk Basin and surrounding areas, Wyoming.
- Joshua DeFrates, Illinois State University,
Paleomagnetic analysis of basaltic dikes at
Cathedral Cliffs: a test of the continuous
allochthon model for Heart Mountain faulting.