Title: 2010 Norman H. Foster Memorial Scholarship Awards
Publication: The Outcrop, April 2011, p. 24
Award: Norman H. Foster Memorial Scholarship
Awardees: Vivien Cumming and Aislyn Trendell
The Norman H. Foster Memorial Scholarship was established in 2000 by a local geologic study group in which Norm had been a long-time member. Norm Foster was an innovative and imaginative explorationist who skillfully utilized his ideas to become a successful petroleum geologist. He was an outstanding leader in both local and national professional geological associations. The members of his study group conceived and provided some of the initial monetary support with Norm’s contributions in mind as a permanent memorial to their fellow geologist and outstanding member of our profession.
The Norman H. Foster Memorial Scholarship was established to encourage and support creative research in applied petroleum geology by a graduate student. The RMAG Foundation, currently under the capable leadership of Chairperson Laura Wray, collects, manages and administers all the scholarship funds. Bob Sellars has been Chairman of the selection committee, made up of study group members, since it’s inception. Successful candidates are selected on the basis of: 1) perceived merit of each student’s thesis project as a contribution to the geologic sciences in general, and to Rocky Mountain geology in particular, 2) student’s qualifications to carry out the study, as indicated by past accomplishments, and 3) faculty recommendations.
There were two Norman H. Foster Memorial Scholarships awarded in 2010, to students attending universities far from the Rocky Mountains, but conducting research in the region. Vivien Cumming is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, Durham, Scotland. The title of her dissertation is: “Rhenium-Osmium Radioisotope Geochronology of the Green River Petroleum System: Establishing the Systematics of Re and Os Isotopes in Lacustrine Source Rocks and Generated Hydrocarbons.” Aislyn Trendell is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Geology, Baylor University. The title of her thesis is: “Channels, Overbanks, and Paleosols: The relationship between climate, base level, and lithofacies heterogeneity with in the Triassic Blue Mesa and Sonsela Members, PFNP, Arizona.”
Norm’s widow, Janet Foster, and daughter Kimberly Foster Garneau, regularly attend the RMAG Luncheon Meetings when the Scholarships are awarded. Last year’s awards were presented by RMAG Foundation Trustees Jim Huck and Tom Sperr.