EEGD Lectures, Awards and Scholarships


EEGD is proud to support excellence in Private Practice and Industry, Academia and Scholarship.  We support these areas through the following awards:

The Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer

The Distinguished Practice Award

The EEGD Meritorious Service Award

The Edward B. Burwell Jr. Award

The Roy J. Shlemon Scholarship Fund in Engineering Geology (For Students)

Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer

Richard H. Jahns (1915-1983) was an engineering geologist who had a diverse and distinguished career in academia, consulting, and government. The Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lectureship was established in 1988 by the Engineering Geology Division and the Association of Engineering Geologists, jointly, to commemorate him and to promote student awareness of engineering geology through a series of annual lectures at academic institutions.

More information regarding the Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer may be found here.

Nominations for the 2015 Jahns Distinguished Lecturer are due on 28 February 2015.  Email nominations or questions to   Matt Crawford (mcrawford@uky.edu).

Distinguished Practice Award

The Distinguished Practice Award recognizes outstanding individuals for their continuing contributions to the technical and/or professional stature of engineering geology. A nominee need not be a member of the Engineering Geology Division, but must have made a major contribution to engineering geology in North America. Each nomination must be accompanied by a written citation.

Nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Practice Award are due on 28 February 2015. Email nominations or questions to  Matt Crawford (mcrawford@uky.edu).

EEGD Meritorious Service Award

The Meritorious Service Awards are for outstanding service to the Engineering Geology Division and only Division members are eligible. Each nomination must be accompanied by a brief written statement indicating the outstanding service provided by the nominee.

Nominations for the 2015 Meritorious Service Award are due on 28 February 2015Email nominations or questions to Matt Crawford (mcrawford@uky.edu).

Edward B. Burwell Jr. Award

The Edward Burwell, Jr., Award, established by the Division in 1968, honors the memory of one of the founding members of the Division and the first chief geologist of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It consists of an embossed award certificate. This award is made to the author or authors of a published paper of distinction that advances knowledge concerning principles or practice of engineering geology, or of related fields of applied soil or rock mechanics where the role of geology is emphasized. 

The paper that receives the award must: 

(1) deal with engineering geology or a closely related field, and 

(2) have been published no more than 5 years prior to its selection. 

There are no restrictions as to the publisher or publishing agency of the paper. The author or authors of the selected paper need not be a member(s) of the Engineering Geology Division or of the Geological Society of America and need not be a resident(s) or citizen(s) of the United States.

Nominations for the 2015 Edward B. Burwell Award are due on 1 February 2015.  Email nominations or questions to  Dennis Staley (dstaley@usgs.gov).

Roy J. Shlemon Scholarship Fund in Engineering Geology

The Roy J. Shlemon Scholarship Fund in Engineering Geology consists of two awards:

The Roy J. Shlemon Scholarship Award Application: Deadline is March 15th
The Roy J. Shlemon Meeting Award Application: Deadline is 3 months prior to the conference you are attending

Roy J. Shlemon Scholarship Award

The Roy J. Shlemon Scholarship Award supports graduate students with the best research proposals within the broad field of environmental and engineering geology.  Scholarship award amounts vary from year to year, and we attempt to award at least one scholarship for Master’s level research and one for Doctoral level research. The number of awards and scholarship amount is determined at the discretion of the Roy J. Shlemon Scholarship Awards Committee.  In recent years we have awarded up to $3000 to scholarship winners.

The primary role of this awards program is to provide partial support of master's and doctoral thesis research in engineering geology. The program is competitive and there is no guarantee of funding, The Scholarship Awards Committee strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to participate fully in this program. Eligibility is restricted to student members of the Engineering Geology Division.

Confidential evaluations on the Appraisal of Applicant Forms are required from two faculty members for each student applicant. These forms are supplied with each application form and must accompany applications submitted. Advisors must use this form rather than send a letter of reference. It is the applicant's responsibility to follow up with those persons who have agreed to submit an appraisal form on their behalf, and to be sure that the forms are included with the application at the time of submittal. In the rare case that an advisor agrees to submit an appraisal form directly to the Scholarship Awards Committee, it is the applicant's responsibility to follow up with the advisor and the Committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Download the Scholarship application form here.

All applications must be postmarked on or before March 15.

Actions taken by the Roy J. Shlemon Scholarship Awards Committee will be reported to each applicant by a letter of notification in April. Results will not be given by telephone.

Roy J. Shlemon Meeting Award

The Roy J. Shlemon Meeting Awards are given to graduate and undergraduate students to encourage participation in field trips and short courses held at annual and sectional meetings. Participation on field trips is especially encouraged. The only criteria are that you must be a student member of the Engineering Geology Division of GSA and making satisfactory progress toward your degree. In the event that requests for awards exceed available funding, requests for attending field trips will be given preference over requests for short courses. The number of awards and amount is determined at the discretion of the Roy J. Shlemon Scholarship Awards Committee.

To join the Division, contact GSA at member@geosociety.org or 1-800-472-1988; or click here.

Fill out the attached form, have a professor in your department sign it, and then send it in. You will be notified about two months in advance of the meeting if an award is made. An award will pay for meeting registration and the attendance fee for short courses and/or field trips.  Transportation, room, and board must be provided by the student. Unused awards or portions thereof must be returned.  You may apply for more than one field trip and/or short course per meeting and more than one meeting per year. If you are attending the annual meeting, please join us at the Division’s annual luncheon (see application).

Please send in your application for the meeting you plan to attend three months before the conference.

Download the Meeting Award Application here.

For additional information concerning the Roy J. Shlemon Scholarship fund, or to submit your application, please contact Robert A. Larson (ralarson1@dslextreme.com) or Dennis Staley (dstaley@usgs.gov).