The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), founded in 1963, is the largest association dedicated to promoting geology as a profession. It presently has more than 7,000 members in the U.S. and abroad, organized into 36 regional Sections. The Institute adheres to the principles of professional responsibility and public service and is the only international organization that certifies the competence and ethical conduct of geological scientists in all branches of the science with members employed in industry, government, and academia. AIPG emphasizes competence, integrity and ethics. AIPG is an advocate for the profession and communicates regularly to federal and state legislators and agencies on matters pertaining to the geosciences.
2015 AIPG Dues - Now Available to Pay Online
Annual membership dues are due and payable January 1, 2015 in accordance with the Bylaws. You are encouraged to login to the AIPG Member portion of the website to pay your dues for 2015. Paying online helps save on printing and postage costs. A few straightforward instructions and the link follow for paying online. Credit card payments can be taken over the phone (303) 412-6205 or fax your dues statement with credit card information to (303) 253-9220, or mailing address is below. Call if you have any questions (303) 412-6205.
Click on MEMBER LOGIN to pay dues, make a donation, and purchase insignia items. Your login is your email and the system has you setup your password if you haven't already. You must login to pay dues, search the directory, or make changes to your record.
The Foundation of the
American Institute of Professional Geologists
The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists has been established to: make educational grants to support individual scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the geosciences; prepare literature with educational content about the role of geosciences as a critical component of the sciences and of the national economy and public health and safety; make grants to classroom geoscience teachers for classroom teaching aids; support development of education programs for the science and engineering community; support geoscience internships in the nation's capital; support geological field trips for K-12; and support educational outreach programs to the public on the state and local level.
The William J. Siok Graduate Scholarship
The Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologists has established in 2014 the William J. Siok Graduate Scholarship. Supporting Advanced Education in the Geosciences and Hydrogeology. For details click here. Contributions can be made online, mailed, or included with your dues.
AIPG Student Mentor Program
The AIPG has almost 3,000 student members and mentors are needed. If you are interested in becoming a mentor please login to your online profile and click on the mentor check off box. Students are asked to check off the mentee box if they would like to have a mentor. Mentoring students is one of the most important and lasting contributions that a geologist can make to the profession. If you need assistance email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AIPG 2015 National Executive Committee
The four advisory board representatives were elected to the AIPG 2015 National Executive Committee on September 13, 2014 at the AIPG/AHS National Conference in Prescott, Arizona. Those elected are: Christine F. Lilek, CPG-10195, Wisconsin; Keri A. Nutter, CPG-11579, Alaska; David G. Pyles, CPG-07364, Illinois, and Ronald J. Wallace, CPG-08153, Georgia. For the complete list of 2015 Executive Committee Officers and contact information click here.
Requesting articles for Student theme issue of
The Professional Geologist (TPG) - Jan/Feb/Mar 2015
Submit an articles that will assist our student members in knowing what to be prepared for. This information will be placed in the upcoming Jan/Feb/Mar 2015 Student Issue of TPG. Your submittal can be a couple of paragraphs, a letter, an opinion piece, an article on what you are currently working on, photos, student chapter information, etc. Please see the requirements below for submitting an article for TPG. The deadline for submitting an article is November 1, 2014.
Instructions to Authors
Articles may be technical or professional in nature. Articles containing news of importance to professional geologists will be considered. Articles should be submitted electronically via e-mail in Word format to Vickie Hill at email@example.com. Graphics should also be submitted electronically in jpg, tiff, gif, ai, eps, psd or other standard format at 300 dpi.
Order Extra Copies of the Student Issue
The cost of the Student Issue is being discounted from $5.00 to $4.00 for quantities of 10 or more. Amount due ($4.00 x Quantity) + Shipping and Handling.
Shipping & Handling: Orders up to $15.00 add $8.00, Orders $15.01-$30.00 ad $10.00, Orders over $30.00 add $12.00. If weight of order exceeds 10 lbs., additional postage will apply. Please forward your order, with payment, to AIPG Headquarters no later than December 1, 2014.
AIPG/AHS National Conference Photos
Photos from the AIPG/AHS National Conference are available online. Those that attended are encouraged and welcome to include their photos. Additional photo links that have been sent in:
AIPG Section Newsletters
The AIPG Colorado Section Newsletter - September 2014 is now available online.
The AIPG California Section Newsletter - Fall 2014 is now available online.
The AIPG IL-IN Section Newsletter - Summer 2014 is now available online.
The AIPG MI Section Newsletter - September 2014 is now available online.
The AIPG OH Section Newsletter - September 2014 is now available online.
AIPG Quarterly Journal
AIPG Conference on Social Licensing - Achieving Public Support - November 10, 2014 - Denver, Colorado
The term “Social License to Operate” (SLO) was originally adopted for use by the Canadian mining industry in the late 1990s, and referred to the concept that social permission was needed for a mining company to conduct its operations, for example from local communities or indigenous people. Since
then, the premise of the SLO has been extended to other geological challenges faced by society, such as fracking for oil and gas development, radioactive waste disposal, carbon capture and storage, geologic hazards, and deep-well injection of wastewater.
The lay public is frequently uninformed or misinformed about the complex scientific and technical challenges that accompany these issues. This problem is typically coupled with a general lack of knowledge about subsurface geology. The SLO seeks to alleviate this problem through a variety of public participation
strategies to engage with citizens, communities, and stakeholder groups. Through this process, geoscientists can develop an understanding of public knowledge and concerns.