RMAG Foundation Scholarship Awards, 2005

Title: Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists Foundation Awards the Norman H. Foster Memorial Scholarship to Emily Geraghty and Matthew Boyce
Publication: The Outcrop, August 2005, p. 26

The Norman H. Foster Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists Foundation to encourage and support creative research in applied petroleum geology by a graduate student. Candidates should have a principle petroleum geology research area of the Rocky Mountains, including the Williston Basin and Eastern Nevada. The application of fieldwork and innovative techniques contributed greatly to Dr. Foster’s success, and are considered in reviewing the candidates.

Norm Foster was an innovative and successful oil explorationist. He was past-president of the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. This scholarship in the memory of Dr. Foster is endowed for the purpose of establishing a lasting memorial to his life, exceptional professional work and contributions. The endowed funds came from Norm’s geological study group, the RMAG members, the RMAG Foundation and his friends and family.

Kimberly Foster-Garneau, Emily Eraghty, Matthew Boyce, and Janet Foster.

Present at the award ceremony on June 3, 2005, were Norm’s wife Janet Foster and daughter Kim Garneau. Receiving the Norman H. Foster Memorial Scholarship Awards for 2005 were Emily Geraghty and Matthew Boyce.

Emily Geraghty received her BA in Geology from Whitman College in 1999, her MS degree from Washington State University in 2002 and expects to complete her PhD at the University of Montana in 2006. Emily was a National Science Graduate Fellow for the first two years of her doctorate work and has presented papers to the AAPG-Rocky Mountain Section meeting in 2002 and 2004, the GSA-Rocky Mountain Section meeting in 2003 and 2004, and the American Geophysical Union in 2002 and 2004.

Emily’s dissertation research project is titled “Jurassic-aged fractures and grikes in Mississippian carbonate: Implications for fractured hydrocarbon reservoirs, Rocky Mountain thrust front.” Her research site is at Swift Reservoir, southeast of Glacier National Park. Emily’s goals are to determine the distribution and geometry of the Jurassic grikes, determine the nature of the porosity and permeability of the sandstone fill as well as the peak thermal conditions and their fracture connectivity.

Matthew Boyce obtained his BS in Geology from the University of Northern Iowa and is working towards completing his MS in Geology at the University of Oklahoma in 2006.

Matthew’s thesis is on “Depositional process of sheet sandstones of the Dad Sandstone Member of the Lewis Shale, and relation to associated channel sandstones, Washakie Basin, Wyoming.” His field work will concentrate around the Sanger Ranch where outcrops of sheet sandstones can be traced updip to associated channel sandstones. Matthew’s goal will be to establish the depositional processes of sheet sandstones and evaluate their relationship to channel sandstones.

Matthew enjoys field work, having been the teaching assistant for the field methods course at the University of Oklahoma, and this summer he will hone his skills in exploration with a summer internship at Encana Oil and Gas.

The RMAG Foundation was pleased to present Emily and Matthew a scholarship of $2,500 each along with a copy of the “Handbook of Exploration,” co-edited by Norm Foster and donated by Ira Pasternack, RMAG member and past recipient of the Norm Foster Memorial Scholarship. Janet Foster graciously added closing remarks thanking all those who have supported the scholarship program and her personal congratulations to Emily and Matthew for their hard work and dedication to their chosen course of studies.