Norman H. Foster Memorial Scholarships 2002

Title: Norman H. Foster Memorial Scholarships Awarded

Publication: The Outcrop, July 2002, p. 15

On May 2, 2002, at the regular RMAG Luncheon Meeting, the Second Annual Norman H. Foster Scholarship Awards were presented.

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Norm Foster’s daughter Kim was present to award the 2002 Norman H. Foster Memorial Scholarships. Recipients were Eric Roberts, University of Utah (left) and Michael Wall, University of Wyoming.

Norman Foster was one of RMAG’s most prestigious members. He was a leader in the Denver community, an outstanding and successful explorer, and, for over 40 years, a highly respected member of both RMAG and AAPG. Norm gave freely of his time to both organizations, served in many capacities, including as president of both, and received the highest honors each association could bestow upon him.

The Norman H. Foster Memorial Fund was established in August of 2000 to honor his memory and to provide financial help to student geologists working in the Rocky Mountains. Thanks to contributions from over one hundred of Norm’s friends and business associates, including Norm’s family, and to a matching contribution from Nancy and Don Todd, the Fund is now able to award two scholarships each year.

The scholarship’s statement of purpose reads, in part:

“The Norman H. Foster Memorial Scholarship shall be awarded annually … to encourage and support creative research in applied petroleum geology by a current graduate student. The recipient shall have demonstrated the ability and intent to utilize various exploration techniques to locate structural or stratigraphic habitats for oil or gas.”

Scholarships were given this year to Eric Roberts and to Michael Wall.

Eric Roberts is a Ph.D. candidate in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah. He received a B.A. degree from Cornell College in 1996, and an M.S. degree from the University of Montana in 1999. Eric has worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and for CTC-Geotek, in Denver. He says he enjoys field-based investigations and has participated in research expeditions to Madagascar, Mali, and Tanzania. Eric’s thesis subject is “Alluvial Sequence Stratigraphy and Sedimentology of the Kaiparowits Formation.”

Michael Wall is studying for a Master’s Degree at the University of Wyoming, having already received a B.A. degree in Geology from the University of Northern Colorado. He has served internships at Priority Oil and Gas in Denver and at Chevron/Texaco in Bakersfield, and has worked for Columbine Logging of Denver. Michael proposes to develop “improved depositional and sequence stratigraphic models for the basal sandstone, Lower Sandy Member, of the Blair Formation” as his thesis.

Eric and Michael were awarded checks in the amount of $2,500.00 each. Attending the presentation were Janet Foster and her children Steve and Kim.