Norman H. Foster Memorial Scholarships Awarded

Title: Norman H. Foster Memorial Scholarships Awarded
Awardees: Amanda Ellison, Ira Pasternack
Publication: The Outcrop, September 2003, p. 6

The Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists Foundation presented two Norman H. Foster Memorial Scholarships at the RMAG luncheon meeting on June 6, 2003. The scholarship awards are given annually to graduate students in geology whose thesis topics are related to petroleum exploration and are being conducted in an area in the Rocky Mountain region and adjacent basins.

This year the awardees are Amanda Ellison and Ira Pasternack. They were selected from a list of seventeen applicants.

Amanda Ellison is a Master’s Degree candidate at the University of Colorado. She has received an undergraduate degree in geology at Colorado State University. During her undergraduate years she worked as a lab and field assistant in the Soil Science Department, as a physical geology teaching assistant, and as a tutor in geology, chemistry, and statistics for the athletic department. Ms. Ellison’s thesis topic is “Stratigraphic, Structural and Petrophysical Analysis of Williams Fork Formation, Piceance Basin, Colorado, using Lidar Images and Outcrop Modeling.” After graduation she plans to work in the petroleum industry and later possibly teach at a research university.

Ira Pasternack is a PhD candidate at the Colorado School of Mines. He received an undergraduate degree in geology at Occidental College, and a Master’s at CSM. Ira spent 22 years in petroleum exploration, mainly with Amoco, before returning to school to complete his graduate studies. His dissertation topic is “Petroleum System of the Upper Cretaceous Lewis Shale, Eastern Green River Basin, Wyoming.” After completion of his graduate work he plans to return to industry as a consultant specializing in tight gas reservoirs in Rocky Mountain basins. Ira served as a member of the RMAG Board of Directors while in graduate school.

Each awardee received a check for $2500.00. Members of the Foster Family were in attendance and participated in the presentations.