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 March 30th 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 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 minimum:
- Name of the student chapter;
- Names of student chapter officers;
- Names of Student Chapters Officers for the following academic year;
- Number of AIPG student members in the chapter;
- Number of chapter meetings per year;
- Programs to recruit new members;
- Activities within the department (seminars, guest speakers, field trips, career day, mentoring,
- Activities within the university (geology awareness, recycling, sustainability awareness, Earth
- Activities within the community;
- Interactions with professional geologists and the local AIPG Section; and
- Other significant activities that the chapter considers important to the mission of AIPG.
2018 Recipient of the Student Chapter Award
Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia - AIPG Student Chapter Founded 2011. Chapter Sponsor: Ron Wallace, CPG-8153 and Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Diana Ortega-Ariza, YP-0320. Student Chapter Officers: Austin Caughey (President 2017-2019), Chance Seckinger (VP 2017-18), Brittany Plyler (VP 2018-2019), Coral Torres (Treasurer 2017-2019), Briana Jenkins-Deneke (Secretary 2017-19) and Hays Slaughter (SGE Representative 2018-19).
2017 Recipient of the Student Chapter Award
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan - AIPG Student Chapter Founded 2012. Chapter Sponsor: John H. Barkach, CPG-09121 and Faculty Sponsor: Jeffrey L. Howard. Student Chapter Officers: President - Mara Karageozian, SA-7079; Vice President - Erin D'Hondt, SA-6007; Secretary - Melissa Weaver, SA-7775; Treasurer: Makayla Myers, SA-7779; Event Coordinator: Alex Schreiber, SA-7082.
2016 Recipient of the Student Chapter Award
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, Colorado - AIPG Student Chapter Founded 2013. Chapter Sponsor: Tom Van Arsdale, CPG-11073 and Faculty Sponsors: Drs. Uwe Kackstaetter, MEM-2437 and Barbara EchoHawk. Student Chapter Officers: President - Jessica Davey, SA-4424; Vice President - Jaclyn Coulon, SA-6934; Secretary - Benjamin Eppley, SA-8024; Treasurer - Kevins O. Magouirk, SA-5674; Support Officer - Byron Clayton, SA-6947, and Support Officer - Colin P. Lamb, SA-6965.
2015 Recipient of the Student Chapter Award
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida - AIPG Student Chapter Founded 2013. Chapter Sponsor: Anne Murray, CPG, and Faculty Sponsor: David Farris. Student Chapter Officers: President - Hannah K. Klein, SA-5156; Vice President - Chelsie N. Bowman, SA-5390; Secretary - Janine M. Giambalvo, SA-5422; Treasurer - Meg M. Wilson, SA-5391; Historian - Stephanie G. McColaugh, SA-5393; Graduate Student Liaison - Claire M. Routledge, SA-6296.
Recipient of the 2014 AIPG Student Chapter Award
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.