The Tolman Geoscience Fellowship is awarded annually at the request of the Department and with the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The award is made for the first year of graduate studies to a student who has demonstrated as an undergraduate a high potential for academic achievement in a field of terrestrial geosciences.
Carl Tolman (1897-1995) was a member of the Department for sixty-eight years, serving as Professor and Chairman, as well as Dean of the Graduate School, Dean of Faculty, and Chancellor of the University. He was a field geologist, with particular interest in the Precambrian. He and his students provided much of the pioneering information about the St. Francois Mountains in Missouri. After retirement from the University, he became Scientific Attaché to our embassy in Tokyo and then served as consultant for the United Nations in the Philippines.