National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists
The National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists (NABGG) is an American nonprofit organization established in June 1981 by a group of black geoscientists in the Houston and Dallas areas. The organization is incorporated in the State of Texas with its corporate headquarters in downtown Houston, Texas. The NABGG celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2006.
The NABGG was organized to:
- Inform students in under-represented groups of the career opportunities in geosciences
- Encourage them to take advantage of scholarship programs, grants, loans, etc., that are established for minority students.
- Give financial support to students pursuing degrees in the geosciences.
- Follow the educational careers of the scholarship recipients.
- Aid minority students in the search for summer employment and aid corporate members interested in obtaining summer employees for positions that will enhance the students' background and marketability.
- Allow minority geologists and geophysicists to establish professional and inter-company relationships
- Assist in the development of professional standards and practices of members within their geoscience careers and entrepreneurial pursuits.
A few of the NABGG's accomplishments are:
- Implementing a plan of action to formulate and activate an organization of this type.
- Raising funds for scholarships through its annual technology conferences, corporate partners, and other fundraising activities.
- Visiting area high schools, colleges, universities, and churches with presentations and information pertaining to careers in geology and geophysics.
- Holding student workshops where students are introduced to various disciplines within the geosciences by people who are actively working in those disciplines.
- Holding an annual technology conference and monthly technical meetings for members, corporate members, and individuals interested in the NABGG or in specific topics being presented.
- Making connections with other professional organizations both domestically and internationally.
- Becoming a member society of the American Geological Institute (AGI), an affiliated society of AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) and associated society of the Geological Society of America GSA, a member organization of the National Petroleum Council (NPC), a member of the Earth Day Network, and in partnership with Digital Library for Earth Science Education (DLESE }.
- Established and maintained an active web presence that has become an information portal for its members and the general public.