Michigan Basin Geological Society Geology - E.Z. Manos Memorial Student Scholarships

MBGS gives scholarships to Geology students conducting graduate and undergraduate geological research related to Michigan geology. 


The Michigan Basin Geological Society will award two scholarships up to $500 each to students conducting graduate or undergraduate research in geology related to Michigan. The scholarships will be awarded at an upcoming MBGS meeting and the winner(s) will be notified In December.  We hope recipients can attend a spring MBGS meeting to present their research topic.


Candidates should complete and submit the MBGS scholarship application form by November 27, 2021 to John A. Yellich, MBGS Secretary, at john.a.yellich@wmich.edu with subject Line: MBGS Scholarship 2021. Applications and more information can be found on MBGS’s website: www.mbgs.org

.."thanks for the MBGS $500 scholarship, this allowed me to collect and analyze  4 more samples which were critical to my thesis work..." past scholarship recipient

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 MBGS President – Jennifer Trout,
MBGS Scholarship Recipient –

2019 - Ayu Nurhidayati, Dr. Peter Voice

 2014 MBGS Vice President – Luke Dewig,
MBGS Scholarship Recipient – Kyle J. Cox, MBGS
Treasurer – Thomas Hoane

Past Scholarship Award Recipients



2021 -PhD winner: Adedoyin S. Adeyiloa, Central Michigan University, $500 Title: Controls on organic matter abundance and its impact on gas generation, storage and transport in Biogenic Shale gas: Insight from the Devonian Antrim Shale, Michigan Basin and MS Graduate/Undergraduate winner: Sara G. Hayes, Western Michigan University, $500
Title: Mercury sequestration during the Silurian Period in the Michigan Basin.


2019 - Ayu Nurhidayati - Detailed hand and thin section assessment to establish a depositional model for the Amherstberg and Richfield Members of the Lucas formation in Southeast Michigan.


2018 -  Hossein Sahour - Downscaling and prediction of GRACE satellite data to monitor changes in groundwater and surface water in the lower peninsula of Michigan.


2017 - Mohammed Al-Musawi -Sequence Stratigraphy and Depositional Facies Model of the Burnt Bluff Group, Michigan Basin, USA


$500 to Matthew Rine of Western Michigan University for his research regarding chronostratigraphic relationships of Niagaran and Lower Salina units.  


$500 to Cassandra Javor of Michigan Technological University for her research regarding the study of the preservation of Arch Rock on Mackinac Island.  


$1000 to Kyle J. Cox of Western Michigan University for his research regarding Anomalous Thermal Indicators from Authigenic Minerals in Upper Paleozoic Strata of the Michigan Basin


$1000 to Kirk A Wagenvelt of Western Michigan University for his research regarding Geologic Controls on Forced Thermal Maturation in the Paleozoic, Michigan Basin, USA

$500 to Matthew J. Rine of Western Michigan University for his research regarding Evaluating the Sequence Stratigraphic Relationships, Lithofacies and Petrophysical Properties of the Silurian (Niagaran) Reefs for the Purpose of Carbon Sequestration and Enhanced Oil Recovery in the Michigan Basin

$500 to Frank R. Sattler of Western Michigan University for his research regarding Lithologic Properties of the Upper Ordovician Utica Shale, Michigan Basin, USA: A Geological
Characterization and Resource assessment