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Owen R. Hopkins Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award

Award to a USA K-12 Teacher in the Gulf Coast Area for
Exemplary Teaching of Natural Resource Sciences

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Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS)

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Award of $2,000 to a USA K-12 teacher in the Gulf Coast area for outstanding contributions to earth science education. The selected teacher will be from a Gulf Coast state, including Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi or Texas. The award is intended to recognize excellence in teaching the science of natural resources, such as energy resources, organic substances, and inorganic materials.

The purpose of the Owen R. Hopkins Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award is two-fold:  

  1. To recognize an outstanding K-12 teacher in the Gulf Coast area and 
  2. To provide a GCAGS nominee for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation’s $5,000 Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Natural Resources in the Earth Sciences.  Note that because AAPG’s main focus is energy resources, nominees for the AAPG teacher award who include subjects in that area will receive special consideration by AAPG.

The Nominee's teaching must include at least one unit per year on the scientific study of natural resources, defined as Earth materials used by civilizations past and present, such as:

  • Organic materials such as oil, natural gas, coal and oil shale.
  • Other energy resources from the Earth, such as geothermal energy.
  • Inorganic substances found in the Earth, such as mineral ores, building stone, and aggregate.

The nominee’s teaching should include the scientific study of these resources, their origin, discovery, extraction, and historical and present use.  It should also include the preservation of the environment, reclamation, the conservation of resources, and the application of Earth science in decision making.

The teaching unit will be evaluated on depth and breadth of concepts, creativity of presentation, and balanced treatment of information regarding societal need and environmental issues.

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The Award carries a monetary award of $1,500 for personal use by the winning teacher and $500 for use for educational purposes under the teacher’s supervision. Also included is an expense-paid trip for the teacher to the GCAGS Annual Convention to receive the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The award recognizes a K-12 teacher in the Gulf Coast area. (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas)

The nominee must have a minimum of three years of full-time U.S. teaching experience at any K-12 level. The nominee must be teaching at least one unit per year on natural resources. (Natural resources are defined as Earth materials used by civilizations past and present)

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020 Deadline for Nominations is February 15, 2020.

All of the required nomination materials must be submitted by the nominating society to the GCAGS Awards & Nominations Chair by the deadline date in order to be considered for the 2020 Hopkins Award. (See URL for Full Text below for a list of Required Nomination Materials.) The 2020 Hopkins Award winner will then be nominated by GCAGS as an entrant in the AAPG competition for its 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Nominations not selected for the Hopkins Award in any given year will be retained for future consideration in the next year and need not be resubmitted; however, an update of the required nomination materials may be recommended. Nominations will be held for consideration for up to three years.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Deborah Sacrey

Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin
University Station, Box X
Austin, TX 78713-8924

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USA: Alabama;   Florida;   Louisiana;   Mississippi;   Texas

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