W. Gary Hooks Endowed Geology Fund

The W. Gary Hooks Endowed Geology Fund (Hooks Fund), which honors the outstanding contributions of Dr. W. Gary Hooks, supplements the research, teaching, and service programs of the Department of Geological Sciences.

Funding may be used for laboratory- and field research-related expenses (e.g., laboratory analyses, thin section analysis, field equipment, etc.) associated with activities supervised by the Department of Geological Sciences faculty. The Hooks Fund is not intended to fund activities that faculty supervisors could support with other resources.

Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. Funding is strictly competitive.


Successful applicants will have a demonstrated record of pursuing external fellowships/grants/scholarships and completing graduate benchmarks on time. Preference is given to students who are not prior recipients of a Hooks Fund Scholarship.

Graduate students are expected to have also applied for the Graduate School Research and Travel Grant Program; the Hooks Fund will be used to match research-related expenses.

Application Process

The application deadlines for the Hooks Fund are October 15 and March 15 of each year. The October deadline supports research-related activities during the fall semester, while the March deadline supports activities during the spring and summer terms.

To apply, submit the following items to the Department of Geological Sciences Fellowship and Scholarship Committee:

  • Completed Hooks Fund Application Form: PDF, Word (docx)
  • A copy of the student’s curriculum vitae

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


For more information, please contact Dr. Samantha Hansen at