Science & Education Committees

The HGS Science and Education Committees are central to the society's core mission to provide earth science enrichment to both our membership and to the greater Houston area community. Our outreach efforts span the learning spectrum from elementary age to collegiate and professional programs. Many of our programs are offered in public forums and in partnership with area organizations and institutions.

Please find additional links to our partner organizations under "Additional Resources" on the left.

If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring one of these committees, see the summaries below and click on the committee page link.

AAPG Imperial Barrel Contest Committee - This committee serves as HGS liaison for the regional IBA competition administered by the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS).The IBA is an international program of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists where geoscience graduate student teams compete for scholarships and university recognition.

Calvert Scholarship Fund Committee - The Calvert Memorial Fund is a scholarship program for U.S. students enrolled in earth science graduate programs in our region. It is managed by a 5 member HGS  board of trustees that provides annual support for graduate studies. The fund welcomes contributions which can be done on-line (here) or sent via mail to the HGS office.

Community Outreach Committee - The goal of the Community Involvement Committee is to generate and communicate ideas that may lead to increased involvement of HGS members in their organization and in their community.

Continuing Education Committee - The HGS Continuing Education committee organizes and presents short courses, seminars and symposia for HGS members and the local geoscience community. We using the efforts of  many talented members of the Houston geoscience community to present high quality, state of the art programs on timely topics.

Earth Science Outreach Committee - This committee is the premier HGS educational enrichment program. It provides annual programming during national Earth Science Week celebrated each year in October including the HMNS Family Energy Festival, public fieldtrips, and other public educational events held locally in the Houston area.

Educational Outreach Committee - This new committee was formed in 2011 to develop external enrichment programs for K-12, junior-college, and public outreach efforts. The committee is tasked with developing a volunteers and resources for collaborations with educators and education-oriented organizations. This includes the Sally Ride Festival and the Houston Gem and Mineral Show.

Undergraduate Scholarship Fund Committee - This committee serves as trustee for HGS funds directed toward support of undergraduate geoscience students.