Why American Association of Petroleum Geologists?
Currently, the AAPG is world's largest professional geological society with over 30,000 members. It provides publications, conferences, and educational opportunities to geoscientists and disseminates the most current geological information available to the general public.
How about benefits?
1. AAPG Bulletin--the AAPG Bulletin is internationally recognized as a leading geologic publication for geology, petroleum, natural gas, and other energy mineral resources. Every student member receives Internet access (plus annual CD-ROM) to the AAPG Bulletin in lieu of a paper copy.
2. The AAPG Explorer—is the monthly newspaper, which covers news, association information, and job advertisements. It is distributed to each AAPG member; it enjoys the widest reading audience.
3. Student Chapter members have the opportunity for meeting and networking with experienced geologists through activities with local affiliated societies, through section and regional meetings, at the AAPG annual and sectional meetings.
4. Active participation in the Student Chapter provides the student an opportunity to develop leadership and management skills. A sense of professionalism is developed by actively running an organization and networking with professionals.
5. Student Chapter members can participate in the student paper contest at the annual meeting. The cash awards are significant for both the student and the university.
6. Members can participate in the AAPG insurance program.
7. Members receive discounts on AAPG publications.
8. GRADUATE STUDENTS-are eligible for grants-in-aid for special research projects. Each year the AAPG. Foundation awards grants ranging from $500-$3000 to support graduate students in geology, with a special emphasis on support of fieldwork. To download an application, go to: http://foundation.aapg.org/gia/
9. UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS -the L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant supports undergraduate geoscience students and departments through the AAPG Student Chapter Program. The disbursement of the grant each year consists of $1,000 per qualified student chapter. $500 is to be given to a selected undergraduate student, with the remaining $500 to be issued directly to the AAPG Student Chapter and the funds used to support the Student Chapter’s activities. Application forms are released in September with the deadline date in December. To learn about L. Austin Weeks, go to: http://students.aapg.org/chaptergrant.cfm
10. Discounts on short courses ($90 fee for student members/ $50 fee for chapter members) – limited number of reserved slots.
11. Access to the Visiting Geoscientist and Distinguished Lecture Programs.
12. Opportunity to participate in Student Expo’s (Job Fairs)
13. Access to AAPG’s Career Center – JOB OPPORTUNITIES
14. Student Outlook –blog and Facebook pages covering the Student Chapter Program activities and updates.
15. The opportunity to work the General Store during the annual convention to raise money for chapter.
16. AAPG Student Chapter Book Gift Program
Free, sponsored by Chevron.
As long as you’re student, you can have Chevron sponsoring your membership fee (for active, non-student members it is $90!). Membership terminates when you decide not to pay the dues.
So, what should I do?
Go to http://students.aapg.org/studentappFORM.cfm , and fill out the online form. Put my name and email address as a faculty sponsor.
Hopefully, we’ll soon be able to organize an AAPG student chapter at St. Lawrence. By doing so, we’ll be able to invite (free of charge and several times per year) top notch researchers from either of AAPG’s two speaker programs, the Visiting Geoscientist Program and Distinguished Lecturer programs.