Ira Edgar Odom Scholarship for Students Studying Mineralogy or Petrology


Continuing graduate students or undergraduate students whose studies are focused on mineralogy or petrology (igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary).

Amount and purpose

Typically $1000 for tuition, fees or books.


About Ira Edgar Odom

Ira Edgar “Ed” Odom (1932 – 2003) earned his B.S. degree in geology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He arrived at Northern Illinois University in 1964 and served as a faculty member and professor of geology and mineralogy until his retirement in 1981. During his tenure in the department, Ed helped to establish the department’s electron microprobe and scanning electron microscope laboratories and served as mentor and adviser to numerous graduate students who went on to productive careers in the fields of clay mineralogy and petroleum geology. From 1981 until 1994 Ed served as vice president for Research and Development at the American Colloid Company. After 1994 Ed served as a private consultant for a variety of industrial mineral companies.

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Geology and Environmental Geosciences
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