Carla Montgomery Graduate Scholarship in Geochemistry


This scholarship may be awarded to any graduate student in the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences who is studying geochemistry or applying geochemical principles to solving geological problems. Applicants must be in good academic standing and enrolled as a full-time student.

Amount and purpose

Typically $1000.

Selection process and criteria

In consultation with the department chair and appropriate faculty researchers in the field of geochemistry, members of the department’s Graduate Committee will review the submitted application materials and recommend a scholarship recipient. The scholarship is awarded primarily on the basis of academic merit.


About Carla Montgomery

Carla Montgomery “discovered” the then-growing field of geochemistry while in graduate school andwas so fascinated by its power to address a variety of geological and cosmological questions that she went on the become the first woman to earn the Ph.D. in geochemistry at MIT. As a faculty member at NIU, where she taught for more than thirty years, she particularly enjoyed sharing the theoretical elegance and practical applications of elemental and isotopic geochemistry with students. This scholarship is intended to recognize academic excellence while supporting and encouraging future students discovering geochemistry for themselves.

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