Eugene C. Perry Scholarship Fund


Two categories of students are eligible for this scholarship: (1) Full-time students in the NIU Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences who are pursuing a course of study or research in Latin America, or (2) Latin American or U.S. Latino students who have been admitted to the M.S. or Ph.D. program in Geology and Environmental Geosciences, but who have yet to begin their first semester of study.

Amount and purpose

This fund is intended to continue Dr. Perry’s legacy of research in Mexico and Latin America, his dedication to students and their research, and his encouragement of scholarly cooperation amongst scientists and students at NIU and in Mexico and Latin America. It provides support for the research of current students, and is intended to encourage attendance by Latin American and U.S. Latino students who are considering NIU as their place of graduate study. Scholarship amounts will vary according to student need, but typically do not exceed $1500.

Application and award process

Use this form to apply for funding. Current NIU students seeking funding to support their research in Latin America should submit their application before March 1 or October 1. depending on when they intend to use the funds. Eligible, prospective graduate students should e-mail this form to the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Mark Frank (, at the time they apply for admission to the program. Applications will be reviewed by the Department Chair and either the Undergraduate or Graduate Committee, depending on the applicant’s program of study and whether they are current or admitted students who have yet to begin their first semester of study.

About Gene Perry

Eugene C. Perry joined NIU in 1972 as Acting Chair of the Geology Department after working as a research scientist at the Minnesota Geological Survey at the University of Minnesota. His main interests have been in stable isotopes and geochemistry, initially focused on Precambrian geology but later extending to groundwater and other areas. From the 1980s, Professor Perry developed a research program that focused on the geology and geochemistry of the Yucatan and other areas of Mexico that has included numerous students and several faculty members.

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