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AIPG Student Chapter of the Year Award

The purpose of the AIPG Student Chapter of the Year Award is to recognize the most outstanding
student chapter for their participation in, and contribution to, the American Institute of Professional
Geologists. The award will consist of a plaque to be presented to the student chapter, a certificate to
each of the officers of the chapter at the time of their submittal, a $500.00 award for the chapter, and a
trip for one member of the winning student chapter to the annual AIPG conference and executive
meetings. The student that attends the annual meeting will observe the organization and functions of
AIPG and participate in the executive board meeting.

All AIPG student chapters are eligible to apply for the award. There is no limit on the number of times a
student chapter may win the award. Only one chapter will receive the award per year.

The Student Chapter of the Year Award is administered by the Executive Committee of AIPG. The
selection of the winning chapter will be decided by the AIPG Education Committee. The deadline for
submittal of application materials for the Student Chapter of the Year Award, to AIPG National
Headquarters, is June 30 of each year. The application should be submitted in a pdf or similar format.
The winning chapter will be announced at the beginning of the Fall Semester. The certificates will be
presented to the students at one of their chapter meetings. The award and plaque will be presented to the
chapter delegate at the banquet of the annual meeting of AIPG.

The submittal for Student Chapter of the Year Award will consist of a written report. Photos
documenting chapter activities are strongly encouraged. The submittal should cover the period from the
beginning of the Fall Semester to the end of the Spring Semester and include the following as a

  1. Name of the student chapter;
  2. Names of student chapter officers;
  3. Number of AIPG student members in the chapter;
  4. Number of chapter meetings per year;
  5. Programs to recruit new members;
  6. Activities within the department (seminars, guest speakers, field trips, career day, mentoring,
  7. Fundraisers;
  8. Activities within the university (geology awareness, recycling, sustainability awareness, Earth
    Day, etc.);
  9. Activities within the community;
  10. Interactions with professional geologists and the local AIPG Section; and
  11. Other significant activities that the chapter considers important to the mission of AIPG.

This award will start in the fall of 2013. Submittals are due June 2014 and awarded in the fall of 2014.
Your submittals may be emailed to aipg@aipg.org.

Recipient of the 2014 AIPG Student Chapter Award

Awarded August 2014 - Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia, Founded 2011, Chapter Sponsor: Ronald J. Wallace, CPG-8153; Faculty Sponsor: Bill Frazier; Student Chapter Officers: Salvador Espinosa, SA-3138; Ridge Smenner, SA-5592; Jeannie Patrick, SA-3772; and Rylleigh Harstad, SA-5593.


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.