HGS Scholarship Night 2023 - Expanding the Horizon for Geoscientists of Next Century

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 Monday, February 13, 2023

In-Person Event
Norris Conference Center, Magnolia Room • 816 Town and Country Blvd #210
Social Hour 5:30–6:30 pm

Dinner 6:30–7:30 pm, Presentation 7:30- 9:00 pm

HGS Members $65, Non-Members $75, Students $25



To guarantee a seat, you must pre-register on the HGS website and pay with a credit card.  You may walk up and pay at the door if extra seats are available.  Please cancel by phone or email within 24 hours before the event for a refund.  Online & pre-registration closes Monday, February 13, at 5:00 a.m.


2023 Scholarship Night

All event profits benefit the HGS Scholarship Funds. 

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The student Scholars will be in attendance and receiving their Scholarship awards this evening. Don’t miss a great opportunity to meet the students and encourage the next generation of our industry!  Come meet the student scholars and help support the HGS Foundation Scholarship and the Calvert Memorial Fund! 


Our Vision

The Houston Geological Society Foundation was established in 1984 with the intent of providing scholarships to deserving undergraduate geosciences majors.  The Foundation was incorporated in 1985 and achieved tax-exempt status from the IRS later the same year as a nonprofit Section 501c (6) organization for charitable, scientific, or educational purposes. The Foundation uses a variety of means to try to raise scholarship funds. Direct donations, HGS membership dues, Vendors Corner proceeds, matching-fund donations, and golf tournaments all produce funds that help support our scholarship program. Since 2011, the HGS has also allowed the Foundation and Calvert Memorial (graduate) scholarship programs to recruit sponsors for Legends/Scholarship Night and has hosted a special dinner meeting to honor the scholarship recipients.  Profits from these events are split between the two scholarship funds and are a significant source of funding.


The Warren L. and Florence W. Calvert Memorial Scholarship Fund was started in 1974 with a donation from the Calvert family and awarded its first scholarship in 1978.  The stated purpose of the fund is “to assist worthy and needy geological students to pursue graduate studies in some branch of Economic Geology leading to a master’s or doctor’s degree at any accredited university of his choice”. The growth of the fund comes from contributions from HGS members and interest earned on fund investments.  Several appreciative recipients of Calvert scholarships later donated amounts to the fund that matched or exceeded the awards they received.


Past Scholarship Nights




2023 Speakers:

Monique Velasquez, General Manager of Chevron Global Exploration Review Team

Monique Velásquez is general manager of the Global Exploration Review Team, based in Houston, Texas. In her current position, she serves as the head of the Chevron’s corporate assurance group in charge of assessing the size and risk of the company’s global exploration portfolio. She is also part of Chevron’s executive Exploration Leadership Team responsible for setting the company’s global Exploration strategy.

In 2004, Monique joined Chevron as a Geophysicist for their Texas and Alaska North Slope US assets. Throughout her career she has gained broad technical and business experience of increasing responsibility. She has held roles across Chevron’s corporate business segments in North America, West Africa, and the Technology Center, focused on exploration Earth Science, G&G Operations, Organizational Capability, and Exploration Strategy. 

She is an active member of Chevron’s Executive Women’s Group, LatinX Executive Association and SOMOS (Latin American and Hispanic) which are employee networks that promote STEM, internal and external mentoring and diversity and inclusion in the workforce.

Monique holds a B.S. degree in Geology from the University of New Orleans and a M.S. in Geophysics from the University of Texas El Paso. In her career, she has lived and worked in multiple locations such as Houston, TX, Lafayette, LA, and Midland, TX (while previously with ConocoPhillips). 


Alexei Vyssotski, General Manager of CCUS, Chevron New Energies

Alexei V. Vyssotski is a General Manager of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), as part of Chevron New Energies. In this role, he is focused on deploying CCUS solutions to accelerate progress toward the lower carbon ambitions of Chevron and its customers.

Alexei is often described as a “strategy translator” as he adeptly leads teams to convert aspirational goals into reality while working with complex technical, business, and geopolitical challenges.

Alexei has a keen interest in the environment and has a high regard for practical science that improves the quality of life. These interests were inspired by his childhood spent helping his family work the land and learning from his parents who are both geologists. This experience led him to study geology and environmental science where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Sam Houston State University and a Master’s degree in Geology from Rice University. Alexei has been fortunate to work in a variety of geologic basins while at Chevron where he led teams to recover hydrocarbon resources in North America and international locations.

Today, Alexei finds his role with Chevron New Energies to be a perfect intersection of the environment, practical science, and complexity as he works to help advance a lower carbon future.


2023 Moderators:

Moderated by: Charles A. Sternbach (President Star Creek Energy & past President AAPG), Fang Lin (Chevron)

Moderator: Charles Sternbach

Charles has 50+ scientific references on Data Pages. He is a "rainmaker" for AAPG by recruiting 500+ geoscientists to write papers on exploration creativity for Super Basin special issues of the AAPG Bulletin, Playmaker 1-day programs, and 25 Discovery Thinking forums at Annual Conventions. These collective programs have had a major impact on AAPG by: "pack the house attendance," significant positive net finances, and left a legacy of popular publications and online videos. Charles served as AAPG's 101st president.

As HGS president, Charles created HGS Legends panels (1999-2000). He currently serves as co-chair of the HGS 100th anniversary committee with Linda Sternbach and they are planning a big celebration at the April 22-26, 2023, GCAGS GeoGulf convention for which Charles is the General Chair.


Moderator: Fang Lin

Fang Lin is the Chapter Manager of Hydrocarbon Charge and Geochemistry at Chevron Technical Center in Houston, Texas. She has been an active member of HGS for more than ten years. She served as the Index Editor for HGS Bulletin (2009 - 2014), Editor-Elector of HGS Bulletin (2018 – 2019), Editor of HGS Bulletin (2019 - 2020), and has served on the HGS Board of Directors twice. She is also an Active member of AAPG, EAOG and HOGS, a reviewer of AAPG Bulletin, Marine and Petroleum Geology, and Organic Geochemistry. Fang has a broad interest in technology advancement in earth science and is passionate about integration and application of technology.


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February 13th, 2023 5:30 PM   through   9:00 PM
Norris Conference Center - CityCentre
816 Town & Country Blvd, Suite 210
Houston, TX 77024
United States
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Meetings 2022-2023
HGS Member $ 65.00
Non-Member $ 75.00
Student $ 25.00
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