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The North Dakota Geological Society’s Northern Star Scholarship is open to geoscience majors engaged in independent research* as part of an undergraduate degree program. The successful applicant will receive an award of $500 to help defray the cost of field work, equipment, and other expenses directly related to his/her research project.

Who may apply?
Applicant must:
  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate geosciences major in an accredited, degree-granting college or university in North Dakota.
  • Be committed to completing his/her degree and pursuing a career or graduate program in geoscience. Fields include, but are not restricted to: geology, environmental/engineering geology, geochemistry, geophysics, paleontology, hydrogeology, hydrology, soil science.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
Application deadline: March 31st, 2012

How to apply:
  • Download and complete an application form ( Pdf. Application Form or MS Word Application Form )
  • Provide a brief (about 250 words) description of your project.
  • Enclose a letter of support from your research supervisor, and the names and contact information of two instructors who are familiar with your academic achievements and personal commitment.
  • Enclose copies of all college transcripts (photocopies will be accepted).
  • Mail your completed application to:
Lorraine Manz
North Dakota Geological Society
P.O. Box 82
Bismarck, ND 58502

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Other information:
The scholarship recipient will be notified by April 30th, 2012.

Upon completion of his/her project, the scholarship recipient will be invited to Bismarck (at the Society’s expense) to deliver a short presentation to members of the North Dakota Geological Society describing the results of his/her research. He/she will also receive a one-year student membership to the North Dakota Geological Society.

Questions? Contact Lorraine Manz (

Pdf. Application Form (.pdf format - right click to download)

MS Word Application Form  (MS Word document - right click to download)

* Applicant’s research project must be supervised by a faculty advisor.

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