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Grants Awarded

Undergraduate and Graduate Application Procedures

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Grants Awarded

Following is a list of recent Billings Fund grant recipients.  We congratulate all of these students on their awards.

These grants are limited to funding expenses related to field work (e.g. field equipment and supplies, transport, accommodations, and the preparation of maps) and would not fund a new hard disk for a computer or lab fees for sample analysis, etc.

Two Grants Awarded for 2014

  1. Project Title: Structural Development of a Volcanic Passive Margin: Paleostress Inversion of Faults in the Hartford Basin. Student Investigator: James Farrell of the University of Connecticut.  Faculty Advisor: Jean Crespi.  Amount Awarded: $1000 from the Billings Fund augmented by $900 from GSA.

  2. Project Title: Geologic Bedrock Mapping in the Mt. Washington West 7.5' Quadrangle, New Hampshire.  Student Investigator: Sarah Xiao of Bates College.  Faculty Advisor: Dyk Eusden. Amount Awarded: $850

Three Grants Awarded for 2013 

  1. Project Title: Shearing History of the Chester Shear Zone and Exhumation History of the Lincoln Region, East Central Maine.  Student Investigator: Hind Ghanem of Indiana University.  Faculty Advisor: Bob Wintsch.  Amount Awarded: $1000.

  2. Project Title: Mapping Bedrock Lithology in the Gilead and Newry Regions of Western Maine.  Student Investigator: Saebyul Choe of Bates College.  Faculty Advisor: Dyk Eusden.  Amount Awarded: $750.

  3. Project Title: Mapping Bedrock Lithology in the Gilead and Newry Regions of Western Maine.  Student Investigator: Sula Watermulder of Bates College.  Faculty Advisor: Dyk Eusden.  Amount Awarded: $750.

One Grand Awarded for 2011

Project Title: Structural Analysis and Mapping of the Church Road Phyllonite; Berwick, Me.  Student Investigator: Kendra Lynn of Winona State University, Minnesota.  Faculty Advisor: Steve Allard.  Amount Awarded: $1060.


One Grant Awarded for 2010

Project Title: Paleostress Analysis of Mesozoic Fractures and Basalt Dikes, Mt. Washington Region, New Hampshire.  Student Investigator: Carter Kindley of Bates College.  Faculty Advisor: J. Dykstra Eusden.  Amount Awarded: $1000.


One Grant Awarded for 2009

Project Title: Deformation Style of the Leeds-Coxsackie Segment of  the Hudson Valley Fold-Thrust Belt.  Student Investigator: Petr Yakolev of Boston College.  Faculty Adviser: Yvette Kuiper.  Amount Awarded: $1000.


Two Grants Awarded for 2008

  1. Project Title: Testing the transpression model for Late Paleozoic orogenesis in the Bronson Hill Terrane - Central Maine Terrane boundary, north-central Massachusetts.  Student Investigator: Tim O'Brien of the University of Kentucky.  Faculty Adviser: Dave Moecher.  Amount Awarded: $1000.

  2. Project Title: Geologic mapping in the Leeds-Coxsackie area, New York.
    Student Investigator: Petr Yakolev of Boston College.  Faculty Adviser : Yvette Kuiper.  Amount Awarded: $1000.


One Grant Awarded for 2005

Project Title: Structural and Petrologic Investigation of the Gove and Gonic Members as a Possible New Location for Central Maine Terrane-Merrimack Group Terrane Boundary, Southeastern New Hampshire.  Student Investigator: Jennifer N. Koester, Winona State University, Minnesota.  Faculty Advisor: Steve Allard.  Amount Awarded: $815.


One Grant Awarded for 2004

Project Title: Discrimination of Acadian and Alleghanian Metamorphism and Fabric development across the Chicken Yard Line Fault Zone in New Hampshire/Vermont: a Structural and Isotopic Study.  Student Investigator: Cory Kyle Mcwilliams, Indiana University.  Faculty Advisor: Robert Wintsch.  Amount Awarded: $1025.


One Grant Awarded for 2002

Project Title: Structural analysis of preferred orientations of kyanite in the "log-jam" schist, Western Connecticut.  Student Investigator: Jon P. Bestine, Buffalo State College, New York.  Faculty Advisor: Gary S. Solar.  Amount Awarded: $752.16.


One Grant Awarded for 2001

Project Title: Comparative Detailed Mapping of Contrasting Types of Migmatite, Central Maine belt, Roxbury area, Western Maine.  Student Investigator: Sara Chmura, Buffalo State College, New York.  Faculty Advisor: Gary S. Solar.  Amount Awarded: $835.


One Grant Awarded for 2000

Project Title: A Field and Laboratory Study of the Deer Isle Granite, Deer Isle, Maine: Role of Mafic Intrusions during Granite Petrogenesis.  Student Investigator: Ben Johnston, University of Maine.  Faculty Advisor: Dan Lux.  Amount Awarded: $960.


Two Grants Awarded for 1999

  1. Project Title: Structural Characterization of the Mount Waldo Pluton and its relation to deformation along the Norumbega Fault Zone, Maine.  Student Investigator: Caitlin Callahan, Mount Holyoke Cllege.  Faculty Advisor: Michelle Markley.  Amount Awarded: $1050.

  2. Project Title: Insights into the Devonian to Pennsylvanian history of the New England Appalachians: a field investigation of the Spencer Hill Volcanics, Rhode Island.  Student Investigator: Jennifer Callahan, University of Rhode Island.  Faculty Advisor: Daniel P. Murray.  Amount Awarded: $600.

Grant Application Procedures for Undergraduates

Starting in 2014, application procedures will differ for undergraduate and graduate students.  If you are a graduate student, please follow the graduate student procedures.

  1. Full-time undergraduate students at an accredited institution of higher learning may apply for grants from the Billings Fund.  The institution need not be in the New England region, but the proposed field work should take place in New England or adjacent regions.
  2. A description of the proposed project should include the purpose and goals of the field work, and should describe deliverable items resulting from the field work, e.g. a geologic map and report.  If awarded a grant, the student must agree to provide to the Billings Fund Committee a copy of the project results, and the Billings Fund should be acknowledged in any publications resulting from the project.
  3. Proposals have no specific format or length, but 3-5 pages might be appropriate; the proposal should also include an abstract or concise summary. Proposals should describe how the project will contribute to our knowledge of New England geology, and indicate hypotheses to be tested.  A project time line and description of the previous experience of the student would be appropriate as well.  Include a location map and any other figures or illustrations that help support the proposal.  Each proposal must be accompanied by a letter of support from the applicant's faculty advisor.
  4. Completed proposals may be submitted online by email to Mark Van Baalen, Harvard University, mvb@harvard.edu

The Billings Fund Trustees want to make sure that projects are scientifically worthwhile, do-able in a finite amount of time, and will produce a result. We look most favorably upon proposals that emphasize the role of geologic mapping.  These grants are limited to funding expenses related to field work (e.g. field equipment and supplies, transport, accommodations, and the preparation of maps) and would not fund a new hard disk for a computer or lab fees for sample analysis, etc.  While there is no fixed deadline for applications, proposals should be submitted at least two months prior to the intended fieldwork.  Since the Billings Fund can only disburse a limited amount of money each year, it is in the applicant's interest to submit a proposal early in the year, so that an otherwise good proposal will not be declined due to lack of funds.


Application Procedure

Grant Application Procedures for Graduate Students:

Note grant application deadline of February 3, 2014.

Starting in 2014, a separate application procedure will be used for graduate students applying to the Billings Fund.  The web site of the GSA Foundation describes the procedure: http://www.geosociety.org/grants/gradgrants.htm.  On this page there is a link to "specialized awards", that describes the Billings Fund and certain other awards.  Be sure to read this section.  Once the GSA research committee reviews all grant applications, qualifying proposals are sent to the Billings Fund Trustees for consideration.  The Billings Fund may request supplementary information from applicants while making its funding decisions.

Note that applicants for graduate research awards must be GSA members.  GSA has a special discounted rate for students.

Questions about the Billings Fund should be directed to Mark Van Baalen, Harvard University, mailto:mvb@harvard.edu.