Los Angeles Basin Geological Society


Los Angeles Basin Geological Society Student Educational Scholarship

The Los Angeles Basin Geological Society (LABGS) is a non-profit professional society associated with the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (PSAAPG). Our members include geologists, hydrogeologists, geochemists and others in private industry and academia in the greater Los Angeles area. Many of our members are employed with academia, the energy industry, and the environmental industry.

In the last couple of years, LABGS has established a scholarship program in conjunction with the PSAAPG Educational Foundation. This scholarship program is to assist undergraduate and graduate students in the geological and earth sciences within our regional area with their educational needs.

This year, our scholarship program plans to award about 10 scholarships ranging in amounts from $500 to $1000. The awards will be based on merit and need and awarded to selected undergraduate and graduate students that meet our eligibility requirements. The awarded money must be used to advance the student's education in geology and the related earth sciences. It may be used for tuition at a 4-year degree-granting (BS, BA, or graduate) California college or university. Scholarship funds may also be used for tuition at Summer Geology field camp, text books, and related supplies required for all students. Due to IRS rules the funds cannot be used directly for travel, room and board, research, equipment not required of all students in any particular course or program, student loan payments, or to pay clerical help.


  • Current student in good standing in the California public college system in LABGS sphere of influence ie. CSU-LB, F, LA, SD; UCLA, UCI etc. The sphere of influence of LABGS is Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County and San Diego County.
  • Student enrolled in a 4-year program leading to a BA or BS degree or in a Graduate program leading to a MS or Ph.D. degree with a student AAPG chapter or in the process of establishing a student AAPG chapter.
  • Student must have a 'B' average or above in the geological sciences or similar.

Applications are Due to LABGS by March 30, 2020

  • Applications must be filed via the internet to ktkr2@aol.com
  • An official or unofficial transcript must either accompany the application or be received by LABGS -- scholarship chair, by March 25th. Transcripts may be e-mailed to ktkr2@aol.com ; or 'snail' mailed to:

Karla Tucker
KTRC2 Inc.
18763 Fairfax Lane
Huntington Beach, CA. 92648


Announcement may be downloaded by clicking here

Application may be downloaded by clicking here




Los Angeles Basin Geological Society
$250 Award for
Teacher of The Year-Excellence In The Teaching Of
Natural Resources in The Earth Sciences


The Los Angeles Basin Geological Society will award $250 in May of 2019 for Excellence in the Teaching of Natural Resources in the Earth Sciences. The winner of this award will also be eligible for consideration by the Pacific Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists for their award of the same name.

The award will be a $250 certificate for the winner's use for their school or for that teacher to attend science conferences or training seminars.


  1. Minimum of three full years full-time teaching experience at any level K-12
  2. Teaching at least one unit per year on natural resources. Natural resources are defined as Earth materials used by civilizations past and present such as:
    • Inorganic substances found in the Earth such as water, mineral ores, building stone, aggregate, rocks and sediments.
    • Organic materials such as oil, gas, coal, and soil.
  3. Teaching should include scientific study of these resources, for example: their origin, discovery, extraction, and/or historical and present uses. It may also include the preservation of the environment, reclamation, and/or the conservation of resources.
  4. Entries will include the a brief description of the teacher's philosophy of the teaching of natural resources, a description of the unit with outline, Vita, and two letters of recommendation: one from a colleague and one from an administrator.
  5. The unit will be evaluated on depth and breadth of concepts (e.g. resource origin, discovery, processing, usage, and reclamation), creativity of presentation, and balanced treatment of information regarding societal need and environmental issues.

Nominations may be made either by the teacher wishing to be considered for the award or by someone familiar with a particular teacher's performance and credentials. For further information and entry forms contact:

Los Angeles Basin Geological Society
Attn: Karla Tucker

Entries must be received by February 24, 2020. Winner will be announced in March 2020.

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The LABGS believes in the importance of a good earth science education. In order to meet the needs of our society and the demands of our environment, we think everyone should have an understanding of how earth systems interact. To encourage earth science education, The LABGS established its first annual K-12 Earth Science Teacher of the Year Award in 1999.

Past Award Winners

1999 - Mrs. Susan Gardiner
6th Grade teacher: Stephen Foster Elementary School, Lakewood, CA
2000 - Ms. Marisela Moreno
7th science teacher: Jefferson Leadership Academies, Long Beach, CA
2001 - Mr. John Jackson
7th Grade science teacher: Monterey Highlands Middle School, Alhambra, CA
2002 - Dr. Donald Lofgren
High school science teacher: The Webb Schools, Claremont, CA
2003 - Mike Fillipow
High school science teacher: Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, CA
2004 - No Recipient
2005 -- Jim Mears
Community home Education Program, San Diego County, California
2006 - No Award Winner
2007 - No Award Winner
2008 - No Award Winner
2009 -- Thomas Hollis
2012 - Wendy VanNorden
2013 -- Larry Rodgers
2016 -- John Wood