Every year at our Section Meeting we give six awards:
During the year, at various times, the member societies give awards and funding as well.
About the Awards
Lifetime Contributions recognizes contributions to the practice of the geosciences and/or petroleum geology in the region of the Rocky Mountains. The Lifetime Contributions Award is similar to the national AAPG Sidney Powers Memorial Award, the AAPG's most distinguished award. (new award, first award will be given in 2013)
Rocky Mountain Landmark Publication
Rocky Mountain Landmark Publication Award recognizing the authors or editors of a book, guidebook or other publication that over the past decade has had exceptional influence on developing new hydrocarbon plays or deeper understanding of fundamental geology within the Rocky Mountain region. (new award, first award will be given in 2013)
Levorsen Award (AAPG)
The A.I. Levorsen Memorial Award was established as a result of contributions from many individuals and societies who wished to contribute a lasting memorial to Dr. A.I. Levorsen. A plaque is given at the section meetings of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists for the best paper, with particular emphasis on creative thinking toward new ideas in exploration.
Steve Champlin Memorial Award (WGA)
The Wyoming Geological Association sponsors the Steve Champlin Memorial Best Poster Award, which is presented to the poster author receiving the highest score at the annual Rocky Mountain Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists annual meeting. This award was created to encourage poster authors to strive for excellence in their presentations and to foster the one-on-one discussions of geology for which Steve Champlin was well know. First created in 1986, it is hoped that this award will carry on Steve’s spirit of friendly cooperation for the exploration of our natural resources.
All divisions of the RMS-AAPG, EMD, DEG, and SEPM are eligible for this award, and a plaque will be presented to the winner or to the senior author in case of multiple authors. The only restriction is that the display and the oral presentation must not be part of a professional presentation that is for sale or is part of a sales presentation. The award is for scientific endeavor, and for the courage to display a new concept before your peers and to defend that concept under their scrutiny.
Runge Award (WGA)
The Runge Award recognizes professional and scientific excellence in the student papers presented before the RMS-AAPG annual meeting, with particular emphasis on creative thinking toward new ideas in exploration. Established in 1975, the award is made to the student presenting the best paper as judged by a committee established for evaluation of papers at each meeting. The qualifications of the author or authors is defined as follows:
1. The paper was prepared during the author’s enrollment in a college or university.
2. The abstract was submitted to the Section during enrollment or no later than one year following the end of the last semester of enrollment of the author.
3. If more than one author participated on the paper, all authors must meet the above qualifications. The award is an engraved plaque which is presented to the recipient at the next meeting of the RMS-AAPG. The award is provided by John S. Runge, petroleum geologist, Casper, Wyoming.
A.I. Levorsen Award - Best Oral Presentation
- 2010 - Charles E. Bartberger, Questar E and P, Denver, Colorado and
Ira Pasternack, Encana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc., Denver, Colorado for the Presentation:
Spontaneous Potential, Keys to Understanding Continuous and Conventional Gas in
Upper Cretaceous Sandstones, Deep Eastern Greater Green River Basin, Southwest Wyoming.
- 2008 - Rex D. Cole, Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, Mesa State College, Grand Junction, CO and Matthew J. Pranter, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO for the paper title: Stratigraphic variability of sandstone-body dimensions in the Williams Fork Formation: Outcrop data from the southwest Piceance Basin, Colorado
- 2007 - Vincent G. Rigatti of Questar Exploration and Production and co-authors Tony LeFevre, Richard Newhart, Kimberly Kaiser, Scott Goodwin all also of Questar Exploration and Production and Robert Parney of Tricon Geophysics Inc. for the paper titled The Vermillion Basin of SW Wyoming/NW Colorado: Structural Styles and Seismic Pore Pressure Prediction Through Over-Pressure
- 2006 - Geoffrey Thyne: Evaluation of Potential Impacts to Water Resources from Petroleum, Grand Mesa, Colorado
- 2005 - Glen Ulrich, Roland DeBruyn and Mark Finkelstein
- 2004 - Robert A. Lamarre and Stephen K. Ruhl
- 2002 - David R. Pyles
- 2000 - Peter Hennings and Laird B. Thompson
Steve Champlin Memorial Award - Best Poster Presentation
- 2010 - Larry Rasmussen, Tom Smith, Lynn Canter, Mark Sonnenfeld, and John Forster, Whiting Oil & Gas, Corporation, Denver, CO for the
poster title: Analysis of a Long Cane Creek Horizontal: New Insight into an Unconventional Tight Oil Resource
Play, Paradox Basin, Utah
- 2008 - Mike J. Mullen, Halliburton Energy Services, Denver, CO and Milt Enderlin, Gearhart Company, Forth Worth, TX for the poster title: Is that Frac job really breaking new rock?
- 2007 - Donna S. Anderson and co-author Mary M. Carr, both of Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO for poster titled 3-D Architecture of Crevasse Splay and Point-bar Bodies: From Outcrop to Geologic Model
- 2006 - Quentin German, Nichola Sommer, Matthew Pranter, Rex D. Cole: Analysis of Fluvial Sand-Body Characteristics and Dimensions in a High Net-to-Gross System, Upper Williams Fork Formation, Main and Plateau Creek Canyons, Piceance Basin, Colorado
Runge Award - Best Student Presentation
- 2010 - Sophie Hancock, Department of Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO for the presentation: In Situ Recovery: Hydrologic Aspects
of Producing a Deposit with a Fault System
- 2008 - Sara M. Smaltz, Department of Geosciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO and Eric A. Erslev, Department of Geosciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO for the presentation: Structural controls on detachment folds associated with foreland arches: Beaver Creek Anticline, Wyoming
- 2007 - Daniel JK Ross University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC and co-author R. Marc Bustin for the paper titled Evaluating the Shale Gas Resource Potential in Western Canada
- 2006 - Hanna Ross, M. D. Zoback: Sub-Hydrostatic Pore Pressure in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming and Montana, and Implications for Re-injection of Coalbed Methane Produced Water