National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists

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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.[1] 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.


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