Why Become a Student Member of AIPG?
- Establish professional contacts and broaden knowledge.
- Attend technical meetings and field trips.
- Mentoring from other professionals and potential employment.
- Apply for undergraduate scholarships.
- Post resume and search for jobs on website.
- Resources on careers in geology.
- Submit articles to the bimonthly journal "The Professional Geologist".
The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) was founded in 1963 to certify the credentials of practicing geologists and to advocate on behalf of the profession.
These major priorities are predicated on the conviction that:
- the science of geology is vital to the interests of the nation, domestically and internationally, in times of peace and when national security is at risk; and
- in order to best protect public health, safety, and welfare; provide strategic resources; and assist in the effective administration of government programs in which geology plays a prominent role, the science of geology should be practiced by qualified geoscientists.
AIPG represents the professional interests of all practicing geoscientists in every discipline. Its advocacy efforts are focused on the promotion of the role of geology and geologists in society.
AIPG Membership Categories
Certified Professional Geologist (CPG)
Certified Professional Geologists constitute the highest grade of individual membership within the Institute and applicants are screened for required education, experience, and character. Only Certified Professional Geologists can hold designated positions within the Institute.
Professional Members shall normally hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in a geological science but are not otherwise screened prior to acceptance.
Young Professional Member
Young Professional Members is applicable during the first three (3) years upon earning a baccalaureate but are not otherwise screened prior to acceptance.
Student Adjunct Members shall be currently enrolled majors in a geoscience program at a college, university, or similar institution.
Anyone interested in the profession of geology and the aims of the Institute but who is not qualified for another membership category may be an Associate Adjunct Member.
2012 AIPG Student Scholarship Winners
The AIPG Executive Committee is pleased to announce the awardees for the 2012 Student Scholarships. AIPG has awarded six scholarships this year. The recipients are Alexandra Breeding, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, Texas; Na Hyung Choi, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia; Rania Eldam, Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin, Austin Texas; Brooklyn Hildebrandt, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina; Jennifer Kasbohm, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; Don Osborne, Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia; Kristina Pourtabib, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois; and Jenna Schmidt, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia. The scholarships are made possible by the support of the Foundation of the American Institute of Professional Geologist and the AIPG members voluntary contributions.
2012 Student Poster Contest Winners
Six cash prizes were awarded to three undergraduate students and three graduate students at the AIPG/NHOG Conference this year in Rapid City, South Dakota. The undergraduate student awardees were: 1st Prize - $500 - Lilly Jones, Oglala Lakota College, A Resource Inventory of Selected Outcrops Along the White Clay Fault in Southwestern South Dakota; 2nd Prize - $150 - Armando Hernandez, SD State University, Oglala Lakota College, Sampling Plants for Heavy Metals on Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota; and 3rd Prize - $100 - Kristina Proietti, SD School of Mines & Technology, Investigation of the White Clay Fault as Part of a New STEM Education Program at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. The graduate student awardees were: 1st Prize - $600 - Katherine Aurand, SD School of Mines & Technology, Groundwater Recharge Estimates fore the Powder River and Williston Structural Basins; 2nd Prize - $250 - Henok Tiruneh, SD School of Mines & Technology, Discontinuity Characterization Using LiDAR at the Sanford Underground Research Facility at the former Homestake Mine; and 3rd Prize - $100 - Joanita Kant, SD State University, Sampling Wild Roses and Soils for Heavy Metals along White River on and near Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota.