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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.

Development Committee Members

Foundation of the AIPG – Young Professional Pilot Program


AIPG News...

Request for Award Nominations

Nominations for awards, accompanied by a supporting statement should be sent via mail (AIPG, 12000 Washington Street, Thornton, Colorado 80241-3134), fax (303-253-9220), or e-mail by January 15th to the AIPG National Headquarters. National awards include the Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal, the Martin Van Couvering Memorial Award, the John T. Galey, Sr. Memorial Public Service Awar, Honorary Membership, and the Outstanding Achievement Award. (Click on award to go to the awards description.) Click here for AIPG National Awards Nomination Form in pdf.

AIPG Section Newsletters

The AIPG Georgia Section Newsletter - October 2014 is now available online.

The AIPG Colorado Section Newsletter - September 2014 is now available online.

The AIPG California Section Newsletter - Fall 2014 is now available online.

Student Poster Winners!

Four students were awarded cash prizes at the AIPG/AHS 2014 National Conference in Prescott, Arizona on September 15, 2014. The winners are: Undergraduate Student Poster Winner - $500 - Rae Byars, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona - An Inquiry of Upper lake Mary's Water Quality and the Origin of the Lake Mary Basin.
Graduate Student Poster Winner - $600 - Katherine Stoll, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona - Remote Controlled Monitoring for Mine Closure.
Graduate Student Poster Winner - $250 - Victoria Stempniewicz, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona - Evaluating Erosion Risk Mitigation from Forest Restoration Treatments Using Alluvial Chronology and Hydraulic Modeling.
Graduate Student Poster Winner- $100 - Vaden Aldridge, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona - Estimating Groundwater Recharge in Semi-Arid, Ponderosa Pine Forest Using a Precipitation - Sourced Chloride Mass Balance Technique.

AAPG Foundation Seeking 2015 Teacher of the Year

Applications and nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Teacher of the Year (TOTY) Award. The TOTY award, given by the American Association for Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation, will once again be granted to a K-12 teacher within the United States who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of geoscience education. Application deadline is December 1, 2014.

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.

Register Online - Registration Form | Presenters | Exhibitor Form |
Sponsor Form | Advertising Flyer | $250 AIPG Member | $295 Non-Member |
$35 Student. Current Sponsors: Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Bill Barrett Corporation, and PDC Energy. Exhibitor: Denver Petroleum Club. Sponsorship Opportunities and Exhibitor space still available.
DoubleTree Hotel - Denver-Stapleton North, 4040 Quebec St., Denver, CO 80216
Discounted Hotel Rate - $74 - Hotel reservations: 1-800-222-TREE
or 303-262-7735 (Group AIPG) - Online Hotel Reservations

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 vlh@aipg.org. 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.


The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) was founded in 1963 to certify the credentials
of practicing geologists and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

AIPG represents the professional interests of all practicing geoscientists in every discipline.
It's advocacy & efforts are focused on the promotion of the role of geology and geologists in society.