SPACKMAN AWARD

Graduate Student Research Grants

Deadline: May 31, 2022


PURPOSE
The Spackman Award, formerly known as the TSOP Student Grants Program (originally patterned after the 1998 AAPG Grants In Aid Program), supports graduate thesis research in organic petrology. Research must demonstrate the utility and significance of organic petrology (which includes coal petrology, kerogen petrology, organic geochemistry and related disciplines) in solving the thesis problem.


ELIGIBILITY
The Spackman Award supports qualified graduate students from around the world who are actively seeking advanced degrees. Applicants who have previously been granted a Spackman Award are not eligible to apply for a second grant under the scheme.


AWARDS
Usually two monetary awards, of U.S. $1,000 and $750 are granted. All applicants, whether successful or unsuccessful, are eligible to apply for one year of TSOP Student Membership at no cost.


CONDITIONS
Monetary awards are to be applied to expenses directly related to the student's thesis work, such as field expenses, laboratory analyses, etc. A portion (not to exceed 25%) of the award funds may be used to attend a TSOP Annual Meeting. Funds should not be used to purchase capital equipment, to pay salaries, tuition, room, or board during the school year. Funds must be spent by the end of the calendar year following granting of the award, and an account of expenditure with copies of receipts should be provided by the end of that year (December 31, 2022 for awards granted in 2021).


ACCOUNTABILITY
All students who receive the Spackman Award are required to submit to the Chair of the TSOP Spackman Award Committee a document summarizing expenditure (see page 8 of the the award's application form) with copies of receipts, and (2) a summary of the research resulting from the grant. These submissions are due by the end of the year following the grant award. At the conclusion of the research project, awardees are required to publish an extended summary of their work in the TSOP Newsletter and will be encouraged to present their results at the TSOP Annual Meeting.


APPLICATION DEADLINE
Completed applications (download below) must be e-mailed by May 31, 2022 to:
Aaron Jubb, Chair of TSOP Spackman Committee


SELECTION
A subcommittee of at least three TSOP members (and/or external experts when needed) will independently review the pool of applications and score each of them according to the “Application Evaluation Form”. The reviewers will be drawn from people who have no association with the host institution of any applicant. Winners will be notified prior to the Annual Meeting and all applicants will be informed by email of the final status of their applications. No other information, such as specific scores, rankings, or written comments will be disclosed.

 

After downloading the application form becomes fully fillable.





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