Research Grants Awarded for Year 2001

The Colorado Scientific Society Memorial Funds Committee, consisting of Bob Fleming, Scott Lundstrom, Bruce Bryant, and Mark Hudson (chair), met April 17, 2001 to evaluate research proposals for the Tweto, Oriel, Eckel, Synder, and Pierce Funds. Proposals from 21 Ph.D. and M.S. candidates from 16 different universities throughout the United States were submitted. The total of 21 proposals was a decrease from the last year’s 32 proposals, but all were of high quality.

In all, 11 grants totaling $8775 were awarded from the Tweto, Oriel, Eckel, and Synder Funds. These included: two full and two partial awards, totaling $3475, from the Tweto Fund for research in the Rocky Mountains; two full and two partial awards, totaling $2300, from the Oriel Fund for research in the central and northern Rocky Mountains; two full and one partial award, totaling $1700, from the Eckel Fund for research in Quaternary geology and economic geology; and one full and one partial award, totaling $1300, from the Snyder Fund for research on Precambrian geology of the Rocky Mountains. No proposals for research on the Heart Mountain detachment were received this year so no Pierce Fund award was made. We are confident that these 11 funded research grants are of the highest quality and fulfill the intentions of the many donors to the Colorado Scientific Society Memorial Funds.

Ogden Tweto Memorial Fund

Richard S. Barclay, $450, University of Florida, MS, “Floral change and rates of recovery at a new K-T boundary section in the Denver basin of Colorado”

Kurt L. Frankel, $900, Lehigh University, MS, “Post Laramide tectono-geomorphic evolution of Sierra Nacimiento, southern Rocky Mountains, New Mexico”

Abby West Howell, $1500, Colorado State University, MS, “Paleozoic structures of the Sacramento Mountains, Otero County, New Mexico and implications for Ancestral Rocky Mountain tectonics”

Joseph P. Kopera, $700 (and Snyder Funds), University of Massachusetts, MS, “Tectonic history of ~1.7 Ga quartzites in the southwest United States: an application of monazite dating with electron microprobe”

Zachary St. Jean, $500 (and Oriel Funds), Montana Tech, MS, “Geologic mapping of Tertiary and Quaternary deposits in the Ruby Dam area, SW Montana”

Steven S. Oriel Memorial Fund

Amanda B. Fisher, $1000, Colorado State University, MS, “Geometries and kinematics of Laramide basement-involved anticlines”

Cornel Olariu, $900, University of Texas, Dallas, MS, “Study of “terminal” distributary channels from delta front deposits, integrating outcrop data with GPR data, Panther Tongue sandstone, Utah”

Cal Ruleman, $650 (and Eckel Funds), Montana State University, MS, “Mid-Pleistocene to Holocene tectonic activity along the Madison Range fault, southwest Montana” (second year funding)

Zachary St. Jean, $500 (and Tweto Funds), Montana Tech, MS, “Geologic mapping of Tertiary and Quaternary deposits in the Ruby Dam area, SW Montana”

George Snyder Memorial Fund

Eric T. Goergen, $875, University of Missouri, Columbia, MS, “Evaluating the timing of PaleoProterozoic reworking of the SE margin of the Wyoming Archean province in the Laramie Range of southeastern Wyoming”

Joseph P. Kopera, $700 (and Snyder Funds), University of Massachusetts, MS, “Tectonic history of ~1.7 Ga quartzites in the southwest United States: an application of monazite dating with electron microprobe”

Edwin B. Eckel Memorial Fund

Cristina Millan, $700, Ohio State University, MS, “Geology and origin of intrusion brecciation on Red Cone Peak, Park County, Colorado”

Cal Ruleman, $650 (and Oriel Funds), Montana State University, MS, “Mid-Pleistocene to Holocene tectonic activity along the Madison Range fault, southwest Montana” (second year funding)

John G. V. Van Hoesen, $600, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Ph.D., “The Paleoclimate and late Quaternary glacial chronology of Great Basin National Park, Nevada”