Distinguished Achievement Awards

Halbouty Medal

The Geosciences Awards Program began in 1978 with the creation of the Geosciences and Earth Resources Medal for Distinguished Achievement (GERAC).  In 2004, it was unanimously decided by the GERAC Committee and supported by then Texas A&M President Robert Gates, to rename the highly regarded award to "be forever known as" the Michel T. Halbouty Medal, in honor of the venerable originator of the award.  The awards program was expanded in 2017 to recognize highly distinguished individuals for extraordinary achievements and contributions to their professions, the geosciences and to Texas A&M University. Since 2017, four major awards celebrate the outstanding alumni and friends of Texas A&M and the College of Geosciences by awarding the Michel T. Halbouty Medal, the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Young Alumni Award and The Innovator Award.

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The Michel T. Halbouty Medal

Since 1978, the College of Geosciences has recognized exemplary geoscientists by awarding the Michel T. Halbouty Medal, to worthy candidates for their substantive contributions to exploration, development or conservation of Earth resources. The venerable list of individuals is each distinguished by outstanding achievement, leadership and extraordinary contributions to their professions, local communities, and to Texas A&M and the College of Geosciences. 

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The Geosciences Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni 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.

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The Geosciences Young Alumni Award

Young Alumni are building a brighter future for the university through their dedication of time, talent, and energy. The Geosciences Young Alumni Award is presented annually to a former student of the College of Geosciences who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement or endeavors, exemplifying the core values of Texas A&M University and the educational training from the College of Geosciences towards the advancement of the greater good. 

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The Geosciences Innovator Award

The College of Geosciences recognizes individuals, groups of individuals, or entities with the Geosciences Innovator Award for outstanding innovations and contributions, individually or collectively, in the geosciences for the greatest benefit to our quality of life, economic and environmental resilience and sustainability and in stewardship of the planet.

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