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Robert J. and Ruth A. Weimer

Robert J. and Ruth A. Weimer Student Research Grant

This fund was initiated with a generous donation by Robert and Ruth Weimer, to help fund student research in areas of sedimentary geology. Robert J. Weimer, geologist and educator, was born in Glendo, Wyoming in 1926. After service in the U.S. Navy, Bob attended the University of Wyoming, receiving a BA in Geology in 1948 and a MA in 1949; and, at Stanford University, receiving a Ph.D. in 1953. In his early years, he worked in the petroleum industry at Union Oil Co. and in consulting. He joined the faculty at Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in 1957 and taught there until his retirement as Getty Professor of Geology in 1983. Although officially "retired" he remains as active as ever and is currently Professor Emeritus of Geology and continues to lecture in courses, run field trips, and conduct research. He has received many honors and awards, most notable the Sidney Powers Medal from the AAPG (1984), AIPG Parker Medal (1986), the CSM Brown Medal (1990) and the SEPM Twenhofel Medal (1995). Additionally, in 1996, he received the Distinguished Educator Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists for being "a geologist and master educator, for creating and communicating new ideas that have advanced the science of geology and its integration with other disciplines."

To apply for a Weimer Student Grant, submit by February15th, 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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