Arizona Geological Society

M. Lee Allison Scholarship

Lee Allison began his career in the oil industry but soon transitioned to a career in public service. Before his life was tragically cut short in August 2016, Lee served with distinction as State Geologist in Utah, Kansas, and Arizona, successively. A dynamic and visionary leader and a gifted mentor, Lee combined innovative scholarship and consummate people skills with enthusiasm and optimism to drive his passion for making geologic information available to the public and for rendering it understandable. He was an articulate spokesman on scientific issues of societal importance and was dedicated to communicating their significance and impact in ways that resonated locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. As a measure of his far-reaching public service efforts, Lee was honored by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Association of Women Geologists, and the American Institute of Petroleum Geologists.

In recognition of his many contributions, the Arizona Geological Society Geosciences Scholarship was renamed in Lee’s honor following his death. Fittingly, the M. Lee Allison Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional achievement in pursuit of degrees in the earth sciences and who show balanced records exhibiting academic excellence, a passion for research, outstanding professional and general community involvement, and leadership in all of these areas.


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Lydia Bailey

2019 M. Lee Allison Scholarship

Lydia Bailey received a B. S. in Geology from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom in June 2015 and a M. S. in Earth Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland  in September 2017.  She is currently a second year Ph.D. candidate working toward a degree in Geosciences at the University of Arizona.

As an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh, Lydia received numerous awards for academic achievements in geology.  In September 2017, she received the prestigious Geologische Gesellschaftin Zurich Best MSc Thesis Award from the Zurich Geological Survey for the best Masters thesis in Earth Science completed at a Swiss academic institution.  More recently, Lydia was recognized as one of the "change-making" scientists of our future, when she received the University of Arizona College of Science Galileo Circle Scholarship.

 Lydia has also had numerous community outreach and leadership roles including being an organizer of a student-led Geology Expedition to Southern Greenland, Secretary for the Economic Geologists ETH Student Chapter at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Secretary for the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Women Geoscientists.  She is also a long-time member of the Scout Association, an organization, devoted to mentoring today's youth, encouraging them to achieve their full potential.

Lydia's current research at the University of Arizona evaluates timescales, fluxes, geochemical changes and driving forces of basin-scale paleo-fluid flow in the Paradox Basin, located on the Colorado Plateau.  This study involves age-dating distinctive flow manifestations within the basin to get an integrated perspective on how it evolved over space and time.   This study is a part of a larger collaborative effort to learn more about the evolution of crustal paleo-fluid flow systems, which involves faculty, researchers and students from the University of Arizona, Fort Lewis



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