Continuing Education Scholarships

The Central Oregon Geosciences Society proudly presents our new Continuing Education Scholarships for educators teaching in Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties. This scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to local educators striving to improve their ability to teach the geosciences to their students. These subjects include geology, volcanology, seismology, geomorphology and other related subject matter.

Please download, print and fill out the application, then scan and email it to: , or print out and mail the completed paper form to COGS, PO Box 2154, Bend OR 97709.  Applications will be reviewed and one scholarship will be awarded quarterly. If you have any questions regarding the application or the process, please email:  

Student Research Grants

The Central Oregon Geosciences Society offers student research grants for undergraduate and graduate students. Grants are intended to support research in any field generally related to the geosciences, with a focus on central Oregon. Grant funds may be used to support analytical costs, travel costs, field expenses, and other costs associated with research projects.

 Application Deadlines:

March 1, 2022

2021 Student Research Grants

Andrew Dunning
Portland State University – Masters Student
Project: Evaluation of slip history and Holocene activity on faults in the Strawberry Mountains, Grant County, Oregon

Michelle Simone Jordan
Oregon State University – Undergraduate Senior Thesis Project
Project: Explosive volcanism in the Bend area of central Oregon: Unraveling the path of pyroclastic flows and location of source vents using anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility

Charles Tyler Lewis
Oregon State University – PhD Student
Project: Volatile contents of Newberry Volcano rhyolitic magmas and implications for explosive eruptions

Ellen K. Olsen
University of Oregon – PhD Student
Project: Improving paleoclimate interpretations: Kinetic isotope effects in calcite from saline, alkaline lakes of southern central Oregon

Ana Mercedes Colón Umpierre
University of Oregon – PhD Student
Project: Ice, ice, baby! Understanding ice-magma interactions in the Oregon Cascades

2020 Student Research Grants

Annika E. Dechert
PHD Candidate
Department of Earth Sciences
University of Oregon

Grant $1,000 awarded December 2020

Project: Gravity modeling at the South Sister Volcano, OR

My research focuses on the South Sister Volcano, OR to study the storage of magma in the plumbing system of an active volcano through time. Through field work measuring variations in gravitational acceleration exerted by the crustal structures, I can determine the density distribution beneath South Sister. With this density distribution, I will identify the depth and volume of the active magma chamber. Next, I will utilize a forward gravity model that identifies changes in gravitational acceleration based on varying volcanic processes through time (i.e., all of South Sister’s geologic record). By comparing the field data to the model results, I will establish a range of scenarios through time that allowed the South Sister magma system to evolve to its current state.

PHD Candidate 

Department of Earth Sciences 
University of Oregon

Grant $1,316 awarded December 2020

Project: Organic matter preservation in ancient soils of Earth and Mars
Eastern Oregon’s iconic and colorful banded sedimentary rocks at the Painted Hills are a sequence of some 500 individual paleosols (ancient, buried soils) which formed over millions of years during the Eocene and Oligocene (42-26 million years ago). These ancient soils, now lithified into clay-rich sedimentary rocks, are strikingly similar in mineralogy and stratigraphy to ancient (~3.7 billion-year-old) clay deposits on Mars, and researchers from Purdue University, University of Oregon, and NASA have been using these paleosols as a Mars analog site to help determine if similar deposits on Mars should be targeted for in-situ biosignature investigation and Mars Sample Return. This project builds upon previous work which examined Painted Hills paleosol samples with instruments configured to operate like the SAM instrument onboard Curiosity Mars Rover. Specifically, this work uses radiocarbon dating and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to help determine if endogenous (original) organic carbon is preserved in 33-million-year old paleosols from eastern Oregon, and to discover whether there are any contributions from modern plants and/or microbes overlying the ancient soils.

Rachel Hargrove

Central Oregon Community College

Grant $380 awarded June 2020

Project: Pilot Butte Inclusion

Project Research Summary - March 2021

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COGS table at the Archeology Roadshow in Bend - Saturday June 8th, 2019