The Geosciences Outstanding Alumni Award

2018 Winner, William Thomas '75

2018 Winner, William Thomas '75

This award is presented to a former student of the College of Geosciences in recognition of remarkable achievements in their chosen fields of endeavor and in their service to society. Ideally, the former student has demonstrably advanced the interests and standards of excellence of the College and Texas A&M University through distinctive and distinguished professional or volunteer service.

The Geosciences Outstanding Alumni Award is reserved for those who graduated in a College of Geosciences major more than 10 years prior, attending the university as an undergraduate or graduate student to the attainment of a degree and is living at the time of consideration.


  • Enrichment of the College of Geosciences community through continuing dedication, advocacy and support, contributions of energy, time, creativity, and skills for the advancement of community welfare, discovery, education, social or government service.
  • Demonstrable commitment to the ongoing vitality of the College and the University.
  • Advancement of the value of and in their profession, exceptional expertise and dedication.

Guidelines for Consideration of Candidates

No one who has received The Michel T. Halbouty Medal may subsequently be awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award. Former students employed by the University are not eligible during their term of employment.


Nomination packets will be comprised of the following:

  • a completed nomination form (incomplete submissions will not be considered), which includes, a letter of nomination written by the nominator(s) (required),

Optional supporting materials may be submitted and may include but are not limited to:

  • letters of support that specifically address the award criteria,
  • a current biography or curriculum vitae for the nominee,
  • newspaper and magazine articles, personal stories,
  • other awards or certificates of achievement,
  • other items of interest that support the candidate's qualifications that should be considered by the Selection Committee.

Letters of support may be submitted by anyone with exception of members of the Selection Committee and the Dean.

Nomination Form

Previous Recipients

2020 Paula Bontempi '95
2019 Col. David Bacot '90
2018 William ‘Bill’ Thomas '75