Neal J. Harr Memorial Awards (“The Pick Awards”)

Each year, the RMAG Foundation congratulates the outstanding senior in earth sciences at the major Colorado colleges and universities: University of Colorado, Colorado College, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado,  Adams State College, Colorado Mesa State University, Fort Lewis College, and Western State College. The award is a rock hammer engraved with the award title, student’s name, university, and year. The candidates are selected by each department head and recommended to the RMAG Foundation for the award.

Excellence in Teaching of Earth Science (Teacher of the Year)

In 2000, the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG) Foundation instituted an award to honor an elementary or secondary school teacher who has promoted teaching of earth science to K-12 students. The winner receives a commemorative plaque and a $1000 cash award provided by the RMAG Foundation, and is recommended as the RMAG’s candidate to compete for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) National Teacher of the Year Award which honors the best elementary or secondary earth science teacher of the year from all the US regions of AAPG. For the first time this year, the RMAG Foundation will award the winner’s school with $1000 designated for its earth science program.

The applicant must have a proven record in teaching in an accredited K-12 school. Other requirements include:

  1. Completion of an application form including dated signatures from applicant and school principal or administrator
  2. A letter of recommendation from the school principal or administrator.
  3. A letter of recommendation from a colleague or the parent of a student.
  4. A short summary of the course curriculum including:
    • Teaching Philosophy
    • Goals
    • Procedures and activities
    • Evaluation

Download the application form labeled Excellence in Teaching Earth Sciences Award below. The application form, letters of recommendation, and the course curriculum summary, must be uploaded to the Foundation website, or you may submit your application using the form below. If recommendations are confidential, they may be emailed separately to Laura Wray at by May 11, 2018The application deadline this year is Friday, May 11th, with the winner to be announced on or before May 18th.

For additional information about the Foundation, visit the RMAG Foundation website at: For questions, please call Jerry Cuzella at 303-990-1878

DOWNLOAD: RMAG Teacher Year Application 2018 PDF

The information contained in this entry is, to the best of my knowledge, true and correct. I understand that the $1000 award will be made directly to me and I am responsible for all taxes due as a result of this portion of the award. If a winner, I hereby give my consent to use my name and photograph for publicity purposes only.

The information contained in this entry is, to the best of my knowledge, true and correct and represents the teacher's current assignment. I understand that a $1000 award will be made directly to the above-named teacher and that neither I nor my school is responsible for taxes due as a result of this award. Release time will be given to the above-named teacher to attend the award ceremony if selected. In addition, $1000 will be given to the Earth Science Department of our school.

Entries must be entered/postmarked by May 11, 2018. The application is available at

Completed application with recommendations must be submitted online.

For more information, contact Jerry Cuzella at 303-990-1878


Explorer of the Year Award

In participation with the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, the Foundation provides an Explorer of the Year award, recognizing the earth scientist who had made a significant energy or mineral discovery or who has accomplished outstanding earth science exploration. A candidate for the award must be a member of the RMAG.

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