2018-2019 Application

We are delighted to announce the 2018-2019 availability of the Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships to help support graduate-level student research in geology and related fields.

NCGS Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships

Masters Degree and Doctorate-Level Awards

The NCGS established the RICHARD CHAMBERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP in 2007-2008.  At that time the NCGS received a substantial bequest from the Estate of former NCGS member Richard Chambers.  The will stipulated that the funds were to be used for future NCGS scholarships.   His bequest added substantially to the small existing NCGS Graduate Scholarship funds then existing.  As a result the NCGS Board of Directors, at the Spring 2007-2008 voted to rename the existing graduate scholarship program The NCGS Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships.  The Award amounts were also increased.

As a young man, Dick Chambers served a tour in the Navy on an aircraft carrier, became an avid fan of aviation, and in later years was often seen helping out at events at Buchanan Field in Concord.  Dick was an accountant for the Production Department in Chevron and spent most of his career in the Central Valley of California and Alaska. He was interested in geology and was a member of the NCGS.  Demonstrating this interest, the Geology Department at Oregon State University and the California State Mining and Minerals Museum also received bequests.  After retirement from Chevron he was active in Mount Diablo Interpretive Association as a docent and was very active in the Concord Historical Society.  He had not married, and at his passing was living in Pittsburg, California.

2017-2018 Awardees

We are pleased to announce that the Northern California Geological Society awarded three $ 1,000 scholarships to students pursuing graduate degrees during the 2017-2018 Academic Year.  The NCGS awards these scholarships from the RICHARD CHAMBERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP fund with additional contributions from members of the NCGS.  Recipients of the RCMS are chosen from applicants who submit an application that describes their proposed research/thesis projects on some aspect of the Earth Sciences or Environmental Earth Sciences in northern California.  This year NCGS received applications from seven students who are attending one of the following schools; UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Fresno State Univ., Humboldt State Univ., and Sacramento State Univ.

The students receiving Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships are:

Kimberley Bitterwolf, PhD candidate at U. C. Santa Cruz.  Faculty advisor Dr. Adina Paytan.  Her research “The Effects of Coastal Geology on Non-Traditional Stable Isotopes (Sr and CA) in Northern California.”

Nick Hawthorne, Masters candidate at Humboldt State University.  Faculty advisor Dr. Jasper Oshua.  His research is …”investigating the geomorphology of the Salmon River and the legacy impacts from hydraulic mining dating back to the 1850’s”.

Marcus V.A.O. Pacheco, Masters candidate at Fresno State University.  Faculty advisor Dr.Alain Plattner.  His research is …”directed to the application of near-surface geophysical methods to map the volume and internal structure of the Royal Arches Rock Avalanche deposit in Yosemite National Park.”

2016-2017 Awardees

The Northern California Geological Society awarded three  $ 1,000 scholarships to students pursuing their Masters Degree and one $ 2,000 scholarship to a student pursuing his Doctorate degree during the 2016-17 Academic years.  These scholarships are funded from the RICHARD CHAMBERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP funds.  The RCMS was established from a bequest that Mr. Chambers made to the NCGS several years ago.  Scholarships are awarded each academic year.  Awardees are chosen from applicants who submit an application that describes their proposed research thesis projects on some aspect of earth sciences and/or environmental earth sciences in northern California.

Students receiving $ 1,000 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships at the Masters Degree level are:

Brittany Martin, San Jose State University; “Serpentinite Alteration along the Maacama Fault as a Mechanism for Fault Creep”.  Faculty advisor is Dr. Ellen Metzger.

Jessie Shields, California State University, Fresno; “What are the pressure-temperature histories of rocks found within a single mélange?  What does this tell us about the large-scale movement of material within subduction zones?”  Faculty advisor is Dr. John Wakabayashi.

Mark Szymanski, Humboldt State University;  “Understanding how mafic volcanic fields form on thick continental crust”.  Faculty advisor is Dr. Brandon Browne.

The student receiving the $ 2,000 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarship at the Doctorate level is  J. Scott Padgett, University of Rhode Island;  “Changes in fossil foraminiferal faunas suggest variable subsidence during great earthquakes at northern Humboldt Bay, California”.  Faculty advisor is Dr. Simon Engelhart.

NCGS members serving on the RCMS committee this year were Phillip Garbutt, chair, Dr. Paul Henshaw, Randy Kirby, Will Schweller and Dr. Ray Sullivan.

2015-2016 Awardees

We are pleased to announce that three $1,000 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships were awarded to students pursuing their Masters degree and one for $2,000 was awarded to a student seeking a Doctorate degree.  The scholarship is named for former NCGS member Richard Chambers who provided a bequest to the society.

The recipients of the 2015-2016 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships at the Masters Degree level are Tyler Barnes, a student at Moss Landing Marine Labs; Amanda Erling, a student at CSU Chico; and Casey Polon, a student at CSU Fresno.

The recipient of the 2015-2016  Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships at the Doctorate level is Alexander Nereson, a graduate student at U.C. Santa Cruz.

2014-2015 Awardees

We are pleased to announce that two $1,000 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships were awarded to students pursuing their Masters degree and one for $2,000 was awarded to a student seeking a Doctorate degree.

The recipients of the 2014-2015 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships at the Masters Degree level are Nathan Dickey, a student at CSU Northridge, and Jan Weninger, a student at U.C. Davis.

The recipient of the 2014-2015 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships at the Doctorate level is Kristen Fauria, a graduate student at U.C. Berkeley.

2013-2014 Awardees

We are pleased to announce that two $1,000 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships were awarded to students pursuing their Masters degree and one for $2,000 was awarded to a student seeking a Doctorate degree.

Recipients of the 2013-2014 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships at the Masters Degree level are Kevin M DeLano, a student at Central Washington University.  Kevin’s research is Geologic mapping in the northern Eastern California Shear Zone, California: testing a kinematic and geometric fault slip transfer model.  His thesis advisor is Dr. Jeffrey Lee.  The other RCMS recipient at the Masters Degree level is Edween Hernandez, a student at California State University, Fullerton.  Edween’s Research is A Multidisciplinary Study of the Paleozoic to Modern Fauna Transition, Favret Canyon, Augusta Mountain, West-Central Nevada.  Her thesis advisor is Dr. Phil Armstrong.

Receiving the 2013-2014 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarship at the Doctorate level is Emily A. Orzechowski, a student at the University of California, Berkeley.  Her research is Paleoecological reconstruction of the Last Interglacial Maximum (~130 Kya) in California using uranium-thorium dating and geochemical temperature proxies on Late Pleistocene fossiliferous terraces.  Emily’s advisor is Dr. Seth Finnegan.

2012-2013 Awardees

We are pleased to announce that two $1,000 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships were awarded to students pursuing their Masters degree and one for $2,000 was awarded to a student seeking a Doctorate degree.

Recipients of the 2012-2013 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships at the Masters Degree level are Monica Leopold, a student at CSU San Jose, and William Pilesky, a student at CSU Fullerton.

Receiving the 2012-2013 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarship at the Doctorate level is Alexander Steely, a student at U.C. Santa Cruz.

2011-2012 Awardees

We are pleased to announce that two $1,000 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships were awarded to students pursuing their Masters degree and one for $2,000 was awarded to a student seeking a Doctorate degree.

Receiving a Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships at the Masters level was Leslie Moclock, a student at the University of California, Davis, with a research proposal titled Kinematic analysis of the northern Bear Mountains Fault Zone, Sierra Nevada Foothills.  Her advisor is Dr. Sarah Roeske.  The other Masters level scholarship went to Michelle Gevedon, a student at California State University, Fullerton.  Her proposed research is titled Multi-isotopic analysis of magmatic zircon from mafic rocks across the Sierra Nevada: Addressing tectonic models with geochemistry.  Her advisor is Dr. Diane Clemens-Knott.

Receiving the Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarship at the PhD level is Scott Bennett, a student at the University of California, Davis. His research is titled Testing the role of Rift Obliquity in Rupturing Continental Lithosphere: Dating Rift-related Transtensional Structures in the Northern Gulf of California.  His advisor is Dr. Michael Oskin.

2010-2011 Awardees

We are pleased to announce that one $500 NCGS Undergraduate Scholarship was awarded to a student pursuing a Bachelors Degree, two $1,000 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships were awarded to students pursuing their Masters degree, and one for $2,000 was awarded to a student seeking a Doctorate degree.

The recipient of the NCGS Undergraduate Scholarship was Freddie Santistevan, a student at U.C. Berkeley.

Receiving a Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships at the Masters level was Lindsey Clark, a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  The other Masters level scholarship went to Ryan Fay, a student at CSU East Bay.

Receiving the Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarship at the PhD level was Alan Chapman, a student at Caltech.

2009-2010 Awardees

We are pleased to announce that one $500 NCGS Undergraduate Scholarship was awarded to a student pursuing a Bachelors Degree, two $1,000 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships were awarded to students pursuing their Masters degree, and one for $2,000 was awarded to a student seeking a Doctorate degree.

The recipient of the NCGS Undergraduate Scholarship was Juanita Muniz, a student at CSU Fresno.

Receiving a Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships at the Masters level was Anna Glen Brody, a student at CSU Fresno.  The other Masters level scholarship went to Julie A. Smith, a student at CSU Sacramento.

Receiving the Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarship at the PhD level was Kaitlin Clare Maguire, a student at U.C. Berkeley.