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2016 Annual Banquet Keynote Presentation

Meetings & Events

2018 Charity Sporting Clay Shoot
We are hosting a sporting clay competition at Long Shot Ranch in Skiatook, Oklahoma on April 27th, 2018. The proceeds from the competition will be used to further our mission of promoting the advancement of earth science in education. This includes awards for Outstanding Geoscience Student and Teaching of Natural Resources in Earth Sciences. To register please download and complete the registration form and email to The cost to register is $125 per person ($75 for students). Payment can be made online via the Tulsa Geological Society website. Please register before April 17th, 2018. See flyer for event details.

2016 Annual Awards Banquet
This year's banquet is planned for Tuesday, April 5, 2016 once again at the Doubletree Hotel, Warren Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Peter R. Rose, founder of Rose & Associates, LLP, will be this year's keynote speaker. Dr. Rose's talk will be about climate change offering an objective overview from a geological perspective. Dr. Rose's 2001 AAPG book " Risk Analysis and Management of Petroleum Exploration Ventures is now in its 7th printing and sets the global standard for the field.
2015 Annual Awards Banquet
Our Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the Doubletree Hotel, Warren Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Keynote speaker will be Dr. Austin Holland, Oklahoma Geological Survey Seismologist speaking about the recent earthquake activity in Oklahoma.  The event starts at 5:30 PM, with Dinner at 6:00PM followed by our awards and keynote speaker.

Foundation held 2015 Annual Meeting in January
The Foundation held its Annual Meeting at Sonoma Wine & Bistro in Tulsa, Oklahoma on January 20, 2015.
2014 Awards Banquet Honors This Year's Winners! 
Our Annual Awards Banquet was held April 1, 2014 at 5:30 PM at the DoubleTree Hotel at Warren Place 6110 S. Yale, Tulsa, OK.  The Banquet was in partnership with the Tulsa Geological Society's evening meeting series and featured  Keynote Speaker Dr. John Curtiss of the Colorado School of Mines.  Dr. Curtiss' talk was about other prospective Williston Basin resource plays beyond the Bakken Formation.  The Foundation's annual awards for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching and Outstanding Geoscience Student were presented.
Annual Meeting held in January 2014
Our Annual Meeting was held at Sonoma Wine & Bistro in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Overall, 2014 was a very successful year.  We wrapped up our Charter Membership Drive with outstanding results, recognized and awarded our Geoscience Teacher of the Year and our four area Outstanding Geoscience Students from area Universities.  We also added a new program of funding students to attend the regional AAPG meeting held in Wichita, Kansas this past fall.  The 2014 budget is $31,000.00 a significant increase over 2013 due to a much improved investment climate, the growth of new awards and modest operational expenses.


TGSF Charter Membership Drive Successfully Concluded.

The foundation's charter membership drive concluded at the end of January having raised over $50,000 for the attainment and funding of our stated goals.  Over 26 individuals and three corporations generously contributed to help us with the mission of geological education and recognition of excellence in geoscience teaching and students.  Many, many thanks to the geological community of Tulsa and the greater Northeastern Oklahoma region!


Charter Members


Existing Award Programs

The Foundation’s currently honors outstanding collegiate geology students at the four major universities in the northeastern Oklahoma region, Oklahoma University, Oklahoma State University, University of Tulsa and University of Arkansas. We also seek out and recognize excellence in the teaching of natural resources in the earth sciences with our K-12 Teacher of the Year Award. See the Programs & Awards page for more detail.


Future Programs

Plans for the Awards Programs in the near future include:

    • Support collegiate students’ attendance at professional society meetings.

    • Underwrite geoscience speakers at professional and K-12 venues.


We believe understanding our planet and our environment is increasingly necessary in order to develop existing sources of energy both conventional and alternative. One only has to note earthquakes, volcanoes, coastal shorelines, rivers and deltas, and landslides to see that we live on a dynamic planet Earth. Geology is the study of this Earth, its processes and how they are intimately intertwined with all ecosystems. As we move towards more locally and globally sustainable ways of living, it seems imperative that citizens attain a fundamental level of Earth Science literacy. Geoscience professionals will be key players in solving our future energy and environmental needs. It is these needs that drive the Foundation’s support of public geoscience education and nurturing students in their geoscience careers.



The TGSF Board of Directors meets monthly. The Foundation’s annual meeting is held during the first quarter of each year.   Our 2014 annual awards presentations will be made in conjunction with the April 2014 Dinner meeting of the Tulsa Geological Society.