Samuel S. Goldich Fund


Eligible students must be enrolled as a full time graduate student, be in good academic standing and making adequate progress toward their degree.

Amount and purpose

Upon his retirement in 1977, Dr. Goldich established this fund to help students think better, appreciate the attributes of sound science, do better scientific work on their own and to effectively present the results of their research. To achieve this goal, the fund supports a wide variety of graduate student research and participation in professional conferences. At the discretion of the Department Graduate Committee, students are eligible to receive up to $1000 a year.

Application and Award Process

Complete this form to apply for funding. Deadlines for applications: fall is October 1, spring is March 1.

About Sam Goldich

Sam Goldich (1909-2000) had a distinguished geological career that spanned five decades and multiple institutions of higher learning. After receiving an AB degree from the University of Minnesota in 1929 and an MS from Syracuse University in 1933, Sam returned to Minnesota and earned his Ph.D. in 1936. He spent the immediate time after his graduation at the Texas Mechanical and Agricultural College and then served with the U.S. Geological Survey during World War II. In 1948 Dr. Goldich joined the University of Minnesota as a Professor and Director of the Rock Analysis Laboratory. After leaving Minnesota in 1959, Sam spent time back at the U.S.G.S., The Pennsylvania State University and SUNY Stony Brook before arriving at NIU in 1968. At each of these institutions Dr. Goldich built or directed world-renowned isotope geochemistry research labs. By the time of his retirement in 1977, Sam was a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Mineralogical Society and the Geological Society of America. He was given the V.M. Goldschmidt award in 1983. Among his many research accomplishments is the fact that Dr. Goldich recognized that mineral resistance to weathering is the inverse of Bowen’s reaction series. This came to be known as the Goldich Stability (or dissolution) Series. Over the life of his career he developed a wide variety of new techniques for trace element analysis, radiometric dating (K-Ar and Rb-Sr) and the analysis of radiogenic isotopes, especially in zircons. The Institute on Lake Superior Geology annually awards its Samuel Goldich Medal to an outstanding scientist for their contributions to the geology of the Lake Superior region. The Goldich Crest, a peak in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, is named for Dr. Goldich.

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