2020-2021 Application

We are delighted to announce the 2020-2021 availability of the Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships to help support college student research in geology and related fields.

NCGS Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships

Masters Degree and Doctorate-Level Awards

Recipients of the RICHARD CHAMBERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP 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.

The NCGS established the Scholarship when it received a substantial bequest from the estate of former NCGS member Richard Chambers to be used for future NCGS scholarships. His bequest added substantially to the small existing NCGS Graduate Scholarship funds then existing. At its Spring 2007-2008 meeting, the NCGS Board of Directors voted to rename the existing graduate scholarship program The NCGS Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships and increase the award amounts.

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 at 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 the 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.

2019-2020 Awardees

We are pleased to announce that the Northern California Geological Society awarded two $1,500 scholarships to students pursuing graduate degrees during the 2010-2020 academic year. The NCGS awards these scholarships from the Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarship fund and NCGS members’ donations for scholarships. The recipients were:

Samuel Bold, Humboldt State University, for a proposal on Researching paleoseismic and geomorphological processes related to active tectonics in southern Cascadia in northern California under advisor Dr. Melanie Michalak.

Andrew Tholt, University of California, Berkeley, for a proposal to Conduct zircon analyses of the volcaniclastic Baird Formation to refine its Carboniferous biostratigraphic age and the kinematic history of the Eastern Klamath terrane, under advisor Dr. Paul Renne.

2018-2019 Awardees

Two $1,000 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships were awarded to students pursuing graduate degrees:

Angela Fiorito, CSU Chico, for a research proposal titled Biostratigraphy of the Triassic Hosselkus Limestone, Shasta County, California under advisor Dr. Russell Shapiro.

Mariah Romero, Montana State University, for a research proposal titled Geologic Evolution of the Basal Great Valley Forearc Basin in California under advisor Dr. Devon A. Orme.

2017-2018 Awardees

Three $1,000 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships were awarded to students pursuing graduate degrees:

Kimberley Bitterwolf, U.C. Santa Cruz, for a PhD research proposal titled The Effects of Coastal Geology on Non-Traditional Stable Isotopes (Sr and CA) in Northern California under advisor Dr. Adina Paytan.

Nick Hawthorne, Humboldt State University, for a Masters research proposal titled Investigating the Geomorphology of the Salmon River and the Legacy Impacts from Hydraulic Mining Dating Back to the 1850s under advisor Dr. Jasper Oshua.

Marcus V.A.O. Pacheco, Fresno State University, for a Masters research proposal titled Application of Near-Surface Geophysical Methods to Map the Volume and Internal Structure of the Royal Arches Rock Avalanche Deposit in Yosemite National Park under advisor Dr. Alain Plattner.

2016-2017 Awardees

Three $1,000 Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarships were awarded to students pursuing their Masters Degree and one $2,000 scholarship was awarded to a student pursuing a Doctorate degree. Recipients were:

Brittany Martin, San Jose State University, for a Masters research proposal titled Serpentinite Alteration along the Maacama Fault as a Mechanism for Fault Creep under advisor Dr. Ellen Metzger.

Jessie Shields, CSU Fresno, for a Masters research proposal titled 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? under advisor Dr. John Wakabayashi.

Mark Szymanski, Humboldt State University, for a Masters research proposal titled Understanding How Mafic Volcanic Fields Form on Thick Continental Crust under advisor Dr. Brandon Browne.

J. Scott Padgett, University of Rhode Island, for a PhD research proposal titled Changes in Fossil Foraminiferal Faunas Suggest Variable Subsidence during Great Earthquakes at Northern Humboldt Bay, California under advisor Dr. Simon Engelhart.

2015-2016 Awardees

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.

Masters recipients were Tyler Barnes, Moss Landing Marine Labs; Amanda Erling, CSU Chico, and Casey Polon, CSU Fresno.

The PhD recipient was Alexander Nereson, U.C. Santa Cruz.

2014-2015 Awardees

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.

Masters recipients were Nathan Dickey, CSU Northridge, and Jan Weninger, U.C. Davis.

The PhD receipient was Kristen Fauria, U.C. Berkeley.

2013-2014 Awardees

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 were:

Kevin M. DeLano, Central Washington University, for a Masters research proposal titled Geologic Mapping in the Northern Eastern California Shear Zone, California: Testing a Kinematic and Geometric Fault Slip Transfer Model under advisor Dr. Jeffrey Lee.

Edween Hernandez, CSU Fullerton, for a Masters research proposal titled A Multidisciplinary Study of the Paleozoic to Modern Fauna Transition, Favret Canyon, Augusta Mountain, West-Central Nevada under advisor Dr. Phil Armstrong.

Emily A. Orzechowski, U.C. Berkeley, for a PhD research proposal titled Paleoecological Reconstruction of the Last Interglacial Maximum (~130 Kya) in California Using Uranium-Thorium Dating and Geochemical Temperature Proxies on Late Pleistocene Fossiliferous Terraces under advisor Dr. Seth Finnegan.

2012-2013 Awardees

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.

Masters recipients were Monica Leopold, CSU San Jose, and William Pilesky, CSU Fullerton.

The PhD recipient was Alexander Steely, U.C. Santa Cruz.

2011-2012 Awardees

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 were:

Leslie Moclock, U.C. Davis, for a Masters research proposal titled Kinematic Analysis of the Northern Bear Mountains Fault Zone, Sierra Nevada Foothills under advisor Dr. Sarah Roeske.

Michelle Gevedon, CSU Fullerton, for a Masters research proposal titled Multi-isotopic Analysis of Magmatic Zircon from Mafic Rocks across the Sierra Nevada: Addressing Tectonic Models with Geochemistry under advisor Dr. Diane Clemens-Knott.

Scott Bennett, U.C. Davis, for a PhD research proposal titled Testing the Role of Rift Obliquity in Rupturing Continental Lithosphere: Dating Rift-related Transtensional Structures in the Northern Gulf of California under advisor Dr. Michael Oskin.

2010-2011 Awardees

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 undergraduate recipient was Freddie Santistevan, U.C. Berkeley.

Masters recipients were Lindsey Clark, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Ryan Fay, CSU East Bay.

The PhD recipient was Alan Chapman, Caltech.

2009-2010 Awardees

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 undergraduate recipient was Juanita Muniz, CSU Fresno.

The Masters recipients were Anna Glen Brody, CSU Fresno, and Julie A. Smith, CSU Sacramento.

The PhD recipient was Kaitlin Clare Maguire, U.C. Berkeley.