Undergraduate Research Assistantships (URAs)

The Geology Department offers undergraduate research assistantships to bona fide geology majors on a competitive basis. We currently support five URAs and typically offer at least one new award per year. The value of the award typically is $1000 per semester. URAs are awarded primarily on the basis of superior academic performance and promise as a professional. Financial need is not a major criterion. Departmental URAs are research awards, meaning that the recipient must work with a faculty member on a research project for 4-6 hours per week.

URAs are renewable for a maximum of $6000, must be renewed each semester, and are renewable by returning students who have a GPA in geology courses of at least 3.0 and an overall GPA of at least 2.75, maintained while taking a full-time course load and making normal progress towards a degree. Students holding URAs are expected to be active participants in departmental functions.

The deadline for submission of all application materials is March 15. Application materials include a formal letter of application, a personal resume, and academic records. Academic records for new freshmen include SAT scores, letters of recommendation from at least one high school teacher and two other persons who are personally acquainted with the performance and character of the applicant. Academic records of students who have previously attended Appalachian consist of permission for the scholarship committee to access all transcripts of the applicant.

For additional information about a Undergraduate Research Assistantship, contact the Geology Department office in 031 Rankin Science West or call 828-262-3049.

DeBroder Scholarship

Founded by Glen DeBroder in memory of his son, Mark, who opened the Expresso News coffee shop near campus. Geology faculty, staff, and students have been such regulars at Espresso News since it opened in 1994 that Mark was named an honorary member of the department. The scholarship typically is awarded to a rising senior Geology major.

Lloyd L. Hobbs Memorial Scholarship for the Physical Sciences

The Lloyd L. Hobbs Scholarships are given to rising juniors or seniors at Appalachian State University majoring in an area of the physical sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences. Applicants must demonstrate and maintain satisfactory academic progress (3.0 GPA) and have a verifiable need for financial aid. The amount of the scholarship will vary with in accordance with investment performance, current conditions and Foundation policy. In recent years, the scholarship has ranged from $750 to $1700 per year. Information concerning other scholarships is available from the Appalachian State University Financial Aid Office at 828-262-2190.

The Jonathan K. Perryman Memorial Scholarship for the Sciences

This endowed scholarship was established in memory of Jonathan K. Perryman by family members, friends and colleagues.

Applicants must be full time students, rising juniors and seniors and majoring in either Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics or Computer Science. Applicants must demonstrate satisfactory performance of at least a 3.0 grade point average.

The award is renewable based upon reapplication and reselection. The Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences collects applications and nominations, then conducts the selection process according to established guidelines. For additional information, please contact Dr. Dru Henson (, Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at (828) 262-3078.

The Richard A. Thomas Memorial Scholarship for Arts and Sciences

This endowed scholarship is established as a memorial to Richard A. Thomas. The scholarship guidelines specify that applicants must demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support and that a financial aid form must be on file. Applicants must have completed the freshman year at Appalachian and must be pursuing a major within the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, applicants must display success and progress in academics, leadership potential, and co-curricular activities. The award is directed to be renewable based upon reapplication and reselection. Mrs. Alice T. Thomas, the donor who established this scholarship endowment, would genuinely appreciate a letter from scholarship recipients detailing their background and ambitions. The Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences collects applications and nominations and then conducts the selection process in accordance with established guidelines. For additional information, please contact Dr. Dru Henson (, Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at (828) 262-3078.

College Scholars Scholarship

The College Scholars offers scholarships of a minimum of $1,100 per year to entering freshmen and transfer students who plan to major in one of the sixteen departments housed within the College of Arts and Sciences. Last year, nearly 400 applications were received for these scholarships. Awardees had an SAT average of 1337, ranging from 1240 to 1510, and a grade point average of 4.53, ranging from 4.13 to 4.91. The College of Arts and Sciences includes Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Foreign Languages & Literatures, Geography & Planning, Geology, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematical Sciences, Philosophy & Religion, Physics & Astronomy, Political Science/Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology & Social Work).

The Scholarship Committee considers factors such as scholastic aptitude, maturity, and quality of character which project a high probability of academic excellence. Continued eligibility is dependent upon available funds and requires that the student maintain a grade point average of 3.25 and majors in one of the departments of the College of Arts and Sciences. At the end of each academic year, students holding the scholarship will be required to submit statements of academic plans for the following year. Scholarships are available to freshmen and transfer students. An interview is required. The deadline for applying for this scholarship is in early December for the following year. Students who wish to be considered for the scholarship should complete the scholarship application form provided in the admissions packet or available online.

Loren A. Raymond Student Research Grant

In honor of Dr. Raymond's service to the department, friends, alumni,and faculty have endowed a fund to support the Loren A. Raymond Student Research Grant. The grant will consist of an award to support field-based research by a Junior or Senior student, in the broad fields of petrology, structural geology, stratigraphy and geologic mapping. To receive the award, the student will be expected to apply for it with a brief proposal describing the project and its anticipated expenditures, along with a letter of support from a faculty member who will be the student's research advisor. The recipient of the award will be announced at the annual spring banquet, and a report will be expected at the end of the next academic year. The first award will be presented in the Spring of 2009.

Fred Webb, Jr. and Barbara Haynes Webb Endowed Scholarship for Summer Field Course

The Fred Webb, Jr. and Barbara Haynes Webb Endowed Scholarship for Summer Field Course is designated for a junior or senior Geology major at Appalachian State University who is enrolled in a summer field geology course taught outside of North or South America. To qualify for this scholarship, in addition to enrolling in a summer field geology course taught outside of North or South America, the applicant must have a GPA of 2.8 or more, have significant academic potential, and have demonstrated sustained dedication to the profession of Geology. The amount of this scholarship is currently $500, but the amount is dependent on the return on the endowment.

To apply, submit a letter of application with a description of how you meet each of the above requirements, a list of memberships in professional organizations and other pertinent activities to the Chairperson, Department of Geology, Appalachian State University. The application deadline is March 1st of the year in which you plan to attend field camp.

McKinney Paleontology Scholarship

The McKinney Paleontology Scholarship was established in 2011, in honor of Dr. F. Kenneth “Ken” McKinney's contributions to Paleontology and to the Department of Geology at Appalachian. The scholarship is typically awarded by the faculty to an upperclassman/woman demonstrating great promise in the field of paleontology, including not just classroom performance, but also paleontological research and potential to continue in the field.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistantships (UTAs)

Undergraduate Teaching Assistantships (UTAs) are competitive awards available to geology majors who have completed Geology 2250 a grade of C or better. These awards of ~ $300 per semester provide majors with the opportunity to gain experience in assisting professors in teaching introductory geology laboratories. Service required of recipients consists of approximately 2 hours per week during laboratory, and 0.5 to 1 hour of preparation.

Duties include answering students' questions, aid in test administration, and other tasks associated with preparation of and teaching laboratories.