Bouley-Creasy Fund for Earth and Climate Sciences

Application Deadlines: 1 April 

The Department of Earth and Climate Sciences (formerly Geology) is pleased to announce the availability of funds for juniors to support senior thesis research. The Bouley-Creasy Fund was established with gifts from the Bouley and Creasy families and family, friends, classmates, and former students in memory of Bruce Bouley and John Creasy.

Bruce Bouley and John Creasy
Bruce A. Bouley ‘69 was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1947, and died in Golden, Colorado in 2001, at the age of 54. A well-respected geologist, Bruce attributed much of his success to the Bates experience. His decision to attend Bates was based largely on the school’s strong liberal arts tradition; after graduation, he became a lifelong advocate for his alma mater.

Professor Emeritus of Geology John W. Creasy was born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, in 1946, and died in Freeport, Maine in 2017, at the age of 71. Professor Creasy earned a B.S. degree with high distinction in geology from Colorado State University in 1967 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974. He taught briefly at Middlebury College before joining the Bates faculty in 1975, from which he retired in 2014 after 39 years of teaching.

Bruce met John on a return to campus in the mid-1970s for a quick visit to the geology department. An immediate rapport developed, with John making a trek later that year to visit Bruce in Harborside, Maine, where Bruce was carrying out Ph.D. fieldwork. A shared mutual interest in field-based bedrock geology developed and during summers in the early 1980s, John began working for Bruce as a consultant to Callahan Mining Corporation out of Scottsdale, Arizona. Bruce and John held dearly to Short Term and the senior thesis program in geology, both of which emphasized extensive field and lab work for students.

Bouley-Creasy Grants
The Bouley-Creasy Fund supports senior thesis research in field, laboratory, or modeling based projects in earth and climate sciences. Support may cover expenses associated with travel,  field or laboratory work, geochemical and geochronological analyses, software costs for modeling, and others associated with thesis research.

Interested EACS juniors should submit a formal proposal for funds by sending an email to the chair of the Department of Earth and Climate Sciences.

Proposals will be considered for an April 1st deadline. The proposal should be no more than 2 pages in length and include a statement of purpose specifying objectives, planned tasks, and anticipated budget. The proposal must be attached as a PDF file attached to an email to the department chair. The proposal must also be accompanied by a brief written or email recommendation from the student’s thesis advisor. The department faculty will review the proposals and determine the awards.

Grant awards generally range from $100.00 to $500.00, depending on the quality and needs of the specific research projects. There are no restrictions on the number of recipients each year.

Financial Responsibility
If for any reason the recipient of the grant is unable to fulfill their project obligations as stated in their proposal, the student is responsible to repay the grant money awarded. If the College has purchased airline tickets that the student does not use, the student is responsible to repay the College for the price of the ticket. If the project is already underway, then the amount of payment back will be determined by Kerry O’Brien in the Dean of the Faculty’s Office.

For more information please contact the chair of the Department of Earth and Climate Sciences.