The W. Gary Hooks Endowed Geology Fund (Hooks Fund) was established in recognition of the outstanding contributions of Dr. W. Gary Hooks and to supplement the research, teaching, and service programs of the Department of Geological Sciences.

Uses for support are limited to laboratory and field research-related expenses (such as laboratory analyses, thin section analyses, field equipment, etc.), associated with activities supervised by Department of Geological Sciences faculty. The Hooks Fund is not intended to fund activities that DGS faculty supervisors could support using other resources, and the Hooks Fund scholarship is strictly competitive.  Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply.

Scholarship amounts will be determined on a case-by-case basis, however undergraduate and graduate scholarship amounts have $600 and $1,000 caps, respectively.


Successful graduate applicants will have demonstrated a record of (i) pursuing external fellowships/grants/scholarships and (ii) timely completion of graduate benchmarks.

Preference is given to students who were not prior recipients of a Hooks Fund scholarship.

It is expected that graduate students will have also applied to the Graduate School Research and Travel Grant program, and the Hooks Fund is used to match research-related expenses.

Application Process

Annual calls for the Hooks Fund are October 15 and March 15 each year. The October deadline supports research-related activities during the fall semester while the March deadline supports those during the spring and summer terms.

A complete application includes a (i) completed Hooks Fund Application Form and (ii) a copy of the student’s curriculum vitae and should be submitted to the Department of Geological Sciences Fellowship and Scholarship Committee. View or download the Microsoft Word (.docx) or PDF (.pdf) version of the Hooks Fund Application.

Once awarded, the monetary amount will be posted directly to the student’s account. The student must submit a one-page report describing how the awarded funds have been used as well as a “proof receipt” to the DGS Fellowship and Scholarship Committee by the next (following) Hooks Fund deadline.

Submitted applications and questions concerning this scholarship should be directed to Dr. Samantha Hansen (