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Geology student receives SIPES Scholarship

The SIPES Foundation, administering the scientific, educational and charitable programs of the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists, recently announced the selection of 10 outstanding earth science students for scholarship awards.

Christine Gartner Lee, a senior geology major from Mauriceville, is one of only two undergraduates to receive this prestigious award. Honored students were given a $2,500 award.

“Christine is the first student in our department to receive the prestigious SIPES Scholarship,” said Jim Jordan, professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Science Sciences. “She deserves this award because of her excellent academic record, not only in grades, but also because of her contributions to the discipline through her leadership as president of the LU Geological Society. Her enthusiasm for the geosciences is contagious and she will be missed.”

Applications were accepted from currently-enrolled upper-division or graduate students who are U.S. Citizens studying any field of earth science or engineering, and who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Since its establishment in 1981, the SIPES Foundation has awarded scholarships to 200 promising earth science students. Funding for the 2013 awards was made possible through generous donations from SIPES members.

The SIPES Foundation also conducts and films educational seminars, contributes funding to earth science publications and continuing education programs, and also maintains an extensive library of earth science films.

The Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists is a national organization of more than 1,300 self-employed geologists, geophysicists and engineers engaged primarily in domestic energy exploration and development.

Applications for the SIPES Foundation Earth Science Scholarships are available online annually after March 1.

For more information about SIPES Foundation, visit or call (214) 363-1780.