The RMAG Foundation Pick Award is a tribute to the memory of Neal J. Harr who, in addition to being one of the most respected men in the oil and gas industry, served as the President of RMAG.  Neal’s presidency was cut short by his death in 1979 from lung cancer at the age of 48.  This award recognizes the outstanding senior class geology student from all ten Colorado colleges and universities.   This year, we received nominations from eight schools as shown below.

These students will receive an engraved rock hammer commemorating their award.  In addition, the Foundation will pay for a one-year membership to RMAG that will allow an opportunity for them to engage with the organization, its members, and its various educational and social benefits.

Congratulations to this year’s 2020 Award Recipients

Hannah Runyon Colorado College
Nicole Mejia-Mendoza Colorado Mesa University
Robert Johanson Colorado School of Mines
Cody Delgado Colorado State University
Hanna Janssen Fort Lewis College

Elizabeth Schaeffer Metro State University
Blake Brazell University of Northern Colorado
Brock Arveson Western College University

2019 Award Recipients

Ashley How Adams State College
Benjamin Lloyd Colorado College
Tatjana Scherschel Colorado School of Mines
William Gnesda Colorado State University
Connor Broaddus Ft. Lewis College

Tristan Bates Colorado Mesa University
Carlton Mueller Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
Kate M. Nelson Univ. of Northern Colorado
Gordon Gianniny Western State University
Celine “Bean” Gill Metro State University

Earth Science Teacher of the Year Award

In 2000, the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG) Foundation instituted a joint award with the RMAG to honor an elementary or secondary school teacher who has promoted teaching of Earth Science to K‐12 students in Colorado. The winner receives a commemorative plaque and a $1500 cash award provided by the RMAG Foundation. The RMAG Foundation also awards the winner’s school with $1500 designated for its Earth Science program.

Earth Science Teacher of the Year Award Winners

Merideth Sparks

Merideth Sparks

Craver Middle School
Colorado City, CO

“Merideth Sparks is well deserving of this award. In all my years in education, rarely have I witnessed an educator so willing to go wherever she has to go to provide her students with a quality education and the skills to attain greatness in all aspects of life through the maturation process. Merideth understands that teaching students is much more than a subject. It’s a lifelong endeavor that a subject, such as science, allows us to engage students in the preparation of life successes.” Brian Schipper, Principal

Matthew Thomas

Matt Thomas

Alameda International High School
Lakewood, CO

“The Alameda International family is proud to have Matt Thomas as a member of our teaching community. His love of the Earth, the science that makes it thrive, and teaching to develop that love in his students is evident in everything he does. He has a tremendous spirit and it is infused in every lesson he teaches!” – Andrea Sabadosh, Assistant Principal

Matt Thomas Alameda International High School Lakewood, CO

Michael S. Johnson Explorer of the Year Award

The RMAG Foundation is pleased to honor as the 2019 Explorers of the Year

  • Brian Berwick, Axia Energy
  • David Schmude, Axia Energy

2018 Explorer of the Year Award

The RMAG Foundation is pleased to honor as the 2018 Explorers of the Year:

  • William Armstrong, Armstrong Oil and Gas
  • Jesse Sommer, Armstrong Oil and Gas


Guildelines for Publication Charge Grant(s)

Purpose: The grant(s) are intended to help members offset costs for publication, including page charges, color charges, and/or open-access charges for articles relevant to Rocky Mountain geoscience. Preferred publications include those of non-profit geoscience organizations.

Guidelines for access to Publication Charge Grant: 

  • Authors must submit proof of publication and an invoice for charges in a credible journal.
  • Valid charges are page charges, color charges and/or Open Access charges in the publications mentioned above. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case
    basis, and grants will be offered at the sole discretion of the RMAG Foundation.
  • The amount of money provided by the RMAG Foundation will be at the sole
    discretion of the RMAG Foundation trustees, and may be for any amount, up to the
    total invoice amount of the charges.
  • Authors must submit a one-page summary of article including:

i. Title and author(s)
ii. Journal or Book
iii. Summary of new and unique information disseminated in this publication as relates to Rocky Mountain Geosciences. This should be expressed in 300
to 500 words and may be bulleted.
iv. Estimated publication date
v.  Provide one copy of publication to the RMAG Foundation, and allow name,
title, and authors to be published on the RMAG Foundation website, articles
in the RMAG Outcrop, or on slides promoting the Foundation at RMAG

  • The number of grants offered in a fiscal year may be variable and is at the sole discretion of the RMAG Foundation.