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Gerald M. Friedman Fund

This fund is named for Gerald M. Friedman and was initiated by his former students, headed by Sal Mazzullo and John N. Seitz. Professor Friedman passed away in 2011 after an extensive career teaching and conducting research at Brooklyn College, which was his home since 1985, after a long and productive career involving appointments at a variety of academic institutions and in industry. These include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of Cincinnati, and Amoco Petroleum Corp. He has received the highest medals in the field of sedimentary geology, including the Twenhofel Medal from the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) and the Power's Medal of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).Professor Friedman began his career as a geochemist and hard rock petrologist in the Appalachians and Canadian Shield. He switched to soft rock geology as a research geologist and director of sedimentology research for Amoco Research Laboratory, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since returning to academia, first at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, and for the past seventeen years at Brooklyn College, he has worked with his graduate students and post-doctoral researchers on variety of sedimentary geology topics, including carbonate deposits, regional stratigraphy, and environmental geology of rivers, water reservoirs, and near shore marine settings. The fund will be used to support student activities, including research projects and travel, in any area of sedimentary geology. Awardees should acknowledge the funding source in any resulting Masters theses, Ph. D. Dissertations, and other publications.

To apply for a Friedman Student Grant, submit by February 15th, the following information to:

Dr. Judith Totman Parrish

President, SEPM Foundation, Inc.


  1. A statement (typed, single-spaced; no more than a single page in length) that succinctly summarizes the objectives of the student's project.
  2. A budget that shows each anticipated category of expenditure and justification for it.
  3. Letters of support emailed directly to the President from the student's adviser and from one other member of the faculty in the department in which he/she is enrolled. The letter from the adviser must include a statement certifying that the student is in good academic standing at the time of the application and that she/he has completed at least one semester of graduate study.

Applications will be evaluated by a committee whose members will select the awardee(s). The successful applicant(s) will be notified of the award by May 15. The minimum award will be $500; the maximum is determined by investment income

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