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2020 AGS Scholarships

During 2020, the Arizona Geological Society is offering two scholarships -- the Courtright Scholarship and the M. Lee Allison Scholarship -- both to be awarded at the Society's December meeting.

The Courtright Scholarship, named after J. Harold Courtright, is awarded to a graduate student pursuing a degree in the geological sciences at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or University of Arizona. For this scholarship, the Society is seeking student proposals for work on a field-related project in the North or South American Cordillera. The scholarship fund is designed to promote graduate research in all geology fields, but in recognition of Courtright's skills in mapping and porphyry copper exploration, the Society gives preference to proposals involving economic geology and the study of ore deposits.

The M. Lee Allison Scholarship (formerly, the Arizona Geological Society Scholarship) is awarded to a deserving graduate or undergraduate student working toward a degree in the geological sciences at one of the three universities in Arizona.  For this scholarship, the Society is seeking applications from individuals who show exemplary performance in and balance among areas of academic achievement, participation in research, and community service. In recognition of Lee Allison's leadership skills and his remarkable community involvement, leadership ability, as demonstrated within the community and/or in the academic/research setting, will be an important consideration in awarding the scholarship.

The application deadline for both scholarships is Friday, November 6, 2020.

For each of the scholarships, a maximum of $3,000 will be awarded.  Further details and applications forms are available on-line on the 2020 Scholarship Info webpage of the Arizona Geological Society, where the announcements and application forms are posted.


Robert A. Metz December 22, 1932 - June 12, 2020

Robert A. Metz

Long time AGS member, Robert A. Metz passed on Friday, June 12, 2020.  Bob was a good friend and respected colleague, who will be missed by all who knew him.

Robert A. Metz was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 22, 1932.   He received a degree in Geological Engineering (Mining) from the Colorado School of Mines in 1955 and began his career working at Kennecott's Chino mine near Silver City, New Mexico.  Bob was later moved to Kennecott's Ray mine before joining the Duval Corporation in 1968, where he briefly worked at the Sierrita mine before moving to their exploration department.  Following, his retirement from Duval's successor, Battle Mountain Gold in 1991, Bob worked as a consultant for major corporations in the United States, Latin America and Australia. 

In December 2014, Bob Metz was recognized for his 50-year membership with the Arizona Geological Society.  He also served as councilor, Vice Treasurer and Treasurer for the AGS during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Plans for Bob’s memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Virtual Presentation on the Sweet Home Mine & Detroit City Portal of Colorado

Rhodochrosite of Sweet Home Mine & Detroit City Portal - Blog/video

The Arizona Geological Society’s (AGS) first virtual evening presentation was a smash hit. More than 100 people ZOOMed in on the evening of 5 May 2020 to see geologist Phillip Perrson tell the story of the origin and mining history of rhodochrosite and associated Pb, Ag, Zn sulfides, tetrahedrite, and fluorite from Colorado’s renowned Sweet Home Mine and the newly opened Detroit City Portal.

Visit the Arizona Geology blog for a primer on one of the world's great rhodochrosite mines. There is a link, too, to the entire 55-minute presentation

To go directly to the 55-minute ZOOM presentation at AZGS Youtube channel.

Mike Conway

Arizona Geological Survey

Senior Geologist Opportunity

Mine Manager Opportunity

Interested AGS members can find general requirements below along with contact information: 

Mine Manager Opportunity in the Tucson area

· Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Geology or Geological Engineering.

· Familiarity with Geochemistry and/or Geology related to copper mining

· Experienced with in-situ mining processes

· Experienced with translating mine plans into operating plans and prioritizing and executing those plans

· Operations experience is a must

· Must be organized and an active communicator with others in the company in all direction, encourage two-way communication, and provide ongoing feedback with staff, peers, and management

· Must be capable of identifying and resolving problems in their early stages

· Must have a continuous improvement mindset

· Ability to effectively interact, verbally and in writing, with senior management and functional department managers

· May be required to periodically work varying shifts to include days, nights and weekends

Cheryl Barrett

Bradsby Group

Principal Recruiter | Land/EHS Division

(direct/text: 281.617.5695

(cell: 832.236.6467


2019 Scholarship Recipients

Our December dinner meetings have been the time when the Arizona Geological Society presents scholarships to outstanding students at the state's three major universities, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University.

This year we had a number of outstanding applicants for both the J. Harold Courtright and M. Lee Allison Scholarships, which made our job of selecting the best candidates very challenging.

Will Whitty (left) presents Courtright Scholarship Award

to Robert Hayes (right)

The 2019 Courtright Scholarship was presented to Robert Hayes.  Robert received a MS in Geology from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom in July 2018.  He currently attends the University of Arizona, where he is a second year Ph.D. candidate  in the Department  of Geosciences.  The title of his field research project is "Basin Dynamics of the Middle-Upper Triassic of the Colorado Plateau".

Will Whitty (right) presents M. Lee Allison Scholarship Award to Lydia Bailey (left)

The 2019 M. Lee Allison Scholarship was awarded to Lydia Bailey.  Lydia received a BS degree in Geology from the University of Edinburgh in June 2015 and a MS degree in Earth Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in September 2017.   She currently attends the University of Arizona,  where she is a second year Ph.D candidate in the Department of Geosciences.  Lydia is studying basin-scale paleo-fluid flow in the Paradox Basin on the Colorado Plateau.

To learn more about these two outstanding scholarship recipients visit the Courtright Scholarship and M. Lee Allison Scholarship pages on this web site.

October 2020 Newsletter

Dinner Meeting Sponsor for February 2020

The Arizona Geological Society is grateful for our sponsors, who help us offset the costs of our dinner meetings and other activities of the society.

If you are interested in sponsoring one of our dinner meetings, please contact:

For Cancellations or Changes Please Contact

Student Dinner Sponsor
for 2020

Arizona Geological Society is grateful to Skyline Assayers & Laboratories for their generous support of our student members!

Skyline Assayers & Laboratories is sponsoring student dinners for the 2020 AGS monthly meetings.

Arizona Silver Exploration
Project with Greg Hahn

November 18, 2019 - Arizona Mining Review's 50th episode, 'Arizona Silver Exploration Projects, with Greg Hahn, VP of Exploration. AZGS' Carson Richardson discusses with Greg the Philadelphia-Arabian gold-silver property in the Oatman Mining District of Mohave County.

U of A Gem & Mineral Museum

Bob Downs, Univ. of Arizona Mineral Museum Curator & Prof. of Geosciences, is leading the effort to build out a University of Arizona Gem & Mineral Museum (UAGMM) at the former Pima County Courthouse in downtown Tucson. Building renovation is well underway with the museum scheduled for a soft opening at the Courthouse in Jan. 2020.

Two of the museum’s chief organizers, Eric Fritz (Mgr.) and Les Presmyk (Mining Engineer & mineralogist), approached AGS’s Jan Rasmussen (former Curator of the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum in Phoenix) and AZGS’s Mike Conway about helping design an exhibit focusing on the geology of Arizona.

Jan and Mike have begun pulling together ideas for an Arizona geology narrative – one idea involves building a digital display showcasing Ron Blakey’s marvelous paleogeographic reconstructions of the Colorado Plateau and environs, complemented by geologic scenes, lithologies, and interviews as the cornerstone of the exhibit. 

HELP! But we want your help in gathering ideas on the elements of narrative (with visuals) expounding on Arizona’s geologic history. In short, we want your ideas, sketches, brainstorms, and musings to help us rough out a draft design by mid-July 2018 – 3 weeks away!  This is an important opportunity for you to influence a future wide audience about Arizona geology.


Arizona Geology Exhibit. Approximately 75 square feet is set aside for an Arizona Geology exhibit. An additional 15 square feet is provided for a porphyry copper display. (Will Wilkinson. FMI retired, is taking the lead here.)  

Audience. UAG&MM organizers anticipate a largely non-science audience of considerable age range and with limited knowledge of geologic concepts.

Timeframe. Time is short. AGS & AZGS representatives meet with the UAG&MM design team in mid-July, so the sooner you share your ideas the sooner we can begin evaluating them.  

Financial Resources.  Bob Downs, Eric Fritz and others in the management will pursue the financial resources for final exhibit design and construction.

How to help! Please send your ideas, sketches, and experiences gleaned from other mineral or natural history museums to Mike and Jan at the e-mail addresses below. We can meet to brainstorm ideas before the July 3 AGS meeting to discuss ideas.

 Mike Conway
 Jan Rasmussen
 AGS Treasurer and AZGS
 AGS Member and Consultant

Mineral Specimen Donations

The Arizona Geological Society is seeking out mineral donations for our guest speaker appreciation awards for 2020. We are grateful for all donations that will help continue our tradition of presenting these awards to our guest speakers at the end of each dinner talk. The speaker plaque is 5’’ x 3’’ with an example of what they look like featured below.

If you are interested in donating specimens to be used for our guest speaker appreciation awards for 2020, please contact:

AGS Digests Now Available On-line

Articles contained within the Arizona Geological Society Digests 1 through 22 are now available on-line at our publications page.  Our out-of-print Digests are available to the public, While our in-print Digests are only accessible to AGS members. 

Anyone who is interested in purchasing Printed Copies of In-Print AGS Digests can do so on-line or contact the AGS Secretary for more details.  Copies of current AGS Guidebooks and Digests are also for sale at a reduced price at AGS monthly dinner meetings.

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