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April 24, 2014
By Elisa Lanter, media relations assistant
Northwest Missouri State University student Tim Janousek was recently awarded the L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation.
The L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grant is an international award that provides $500 to an undergraduate student and $500 to support Northwest’s AAPG chapter and the educational expenses of undergraduate geosciences students. Applicants are judged on student performance and leadership experience, and just 69 awards were given this year worldwide.
To earn the grant award, Janousek, a senior geology major from Norfolk, Neb., submitted an essay about his fossil research with Dr. John Pope, assistant professor of geology and advisor of Northwest’s AAPG chapter.
“The grant signifies a culmination of the work that Dr. Pope and I have done together,” Janousek said. “Being awarded tells me that someone outside of Northwest thinks that what I am doing is noteworthy, which is very humbling.”
Since 1967, the AAPG foundation has provided funding for a variety of educational and research programs that benefit the geologic profession and the general public. The organization works to promote a better understanding and advancement of the geosciences through the dissemination of technological information, recognizing outstanding achievements and by funding grants, publications and other initiatives that support the preservation of data, training and career enhancement for current and future geoscientists.
Janousek who completes his degree at Northwest this spring, credits an introduction to geology course and the University’s geology faculty for sparking his interest in the field.
“Dr. (Renee) Rohs-Sparks brought so much energy to the course, and it was definitely my favorite class of the trimester,” Janousek said. “I also had lab with Dr. Pope, who was very helpful and knowledgeable. He was a big deciding factor in my choice to declare geology as a major.”
Northwest’s geology program focuses its instruction on coursework, lab work and field trips, giving students opportunities for unique hands-on learning experiences.
“Professors in Northwest’s geology department go out of their way to make sure you get the attention needed,” Janousek said. “I am grateful for the field trip opportunities and understand that this requires extensive work from the faculty to both prepare the logistics of the trip and coordinate class lessons.”
For more information about Northwest’s geology program and its offerings, click here.
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