Neal J. Harr Memorial Awards (“The Pick Awards”)

Each year, the RMAG Foundation congratulates the outstanding senior in earth sciences at the major Colorado colleges and universities: University of Colorado, Colorado College, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado,  Adams State College, Colorado Mesa State University, Fort Lewis College, and Western State College. The award is a rock hammer engraved with the award title, student’s name, university, and year. The candidates are selected by each department head and recommended to the RMAG Foundation for the award.

The Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 Awardees

Paul Dohm Fort Lewis College
Amanda Eddleman Colorado State University
Ryan Gates Western State University
Isaac Hinz University of Colorado
Otto Lang Fort Lewis College

Rachael Lohse Colorado Mesa University
Leah Macey   Colorado School of Mines
Sierra Melton Colorado College
Greg Rupp University of Northern Colorado

Excellence in Teaching — Earth Science Teacher-of-the-Year Award

Each year the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists recognizes an elementary or secondary school teacher who has excelled in teaching earth science to K-12 students in the Rocky Mountain States. The Foundation supports the Association program by providing the awards.

The winning applicant receives a $1,000 cash award and a commemorative plaque. The Foundation also awards the winner’s school with $1,000 designated for support of the school’s earth science program. The awardee becomes the RMAG candidate for the American Association of Petroleum Geology (AAPG) National Earth Science Teacher-of-the-Year award, which honors the best elementary or secondary earth science teacher from among all the United States regions of AAPG. The winner of this national award also receives a $5,000 cash gift from AAPG and an all-expense paid trip the AAPG national convention.

Potential applicants for this award should contact The Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists at for information.

The RMAG Foundation recognizes as the 2018 Teacher-of-the-Year in Earth Sciences

Matt Sturdivant Colorado Early Colleges, Fort Collins High School, Colorado
Mr. Sturdivant teaches high school earth science and geophysics classes as well as a college-level physics class. He focuses on teaching so that the students use data without bias to think through issues, come to conclusions independently, and document their conclusions in writing. His students learn how the principles of earth sciences can be used to understand our planet as well as use valuable resources appropriately. He serves as the team leader in science for Colorado Early Colleges, and has distinguished himself as a science resource for other teachers and as a leader in curriculum development. Parents and colleagues alike praise his skills in stimulating students to learn.

Explorer of the Year Award

In cooperation with the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, the RMAG Foundation provides an Explorer of the Year award, recognizing the earth scientist who has made a significant energy or mineral discovery, or who has accomplished outstanding earth science exploration. Candidates for the award must be members of the RMAG.

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

Chris Martin – Chief Geologist and Owner, Christopher Martin, LLC, Denver, Colorado