The Mineral Resources Graduate Scholarship in Honor of Cyrus Field and John Dilles

Geology courses have been integral to the curriculum at Oregon State University since 1870. Today, mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry remain some of the most relevant core geology courses, even as the geology curriculum has evolved and expanded to include oceanography, climate science and environmental science.

The Barrow Family Endowed Chair in Mineral Resource Geology strengthens the core geology program and allows this program to be more competitive with its peer institutions. In addition, The Mineral Resources and Graduate Scholarship honors Professor Cyrus Field and Professor John Dilles’ outstanding contributions to economic geology. Together they have prepared nearly 100 students for mineral resources positions in the academic, governmental and industrial sectors.

Contributions support graduate student(s) majoring in mineral resources geology, or a closely related field. Funds can be used for student(s) tuition, fees, stipend and/or research expenses.. 

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Your support will ensure generations of future students benefit from fundamental instruction in mineralogy, petrology and ore geology by the very best instructors and researchers in these fields.


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Cyrus Field

Cyrus Field was a geologist and professor at Oregon State University. As a geologist, he made original contributions to understanding the origins of major copper deposits in the United States, British Columbia, Chile and Peru. As a professor, he mentored 47 masters and doctoral students who went on to careers in academia, industry and the government.

During his six-year tenure as department chair, he oversaw the committee that employed the first female geology professor and presided over the merger of geology and geography into the Department of Geosciences. His colleagues remember him as a “good citizen” who relentlessly strove with respect and charm to improve morale, help students and assist faculty and staff. Field passed away in 2011.

John Dilles

John Dilles earned degrees in geology from Caltech (B.S., M.S.) and Stanford University (Ph.D., 1984). He joined the faculty of the Oregon State University in 1986, where he is currently Professor of Geology in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. His research has been conducted in the US, South American, and Canadian Cordillera, and focuses on the geology of porphyry copper deposits, magmatic processes that generate metal and sulfur-bearing hydrothermal fluids, field-based structural geology, and isotopic tracers and geochronology. Throughout his tenure at Oregon State, he has advised 48 graduate students and taught courses in petrology-geochemistry, field geology, and minerals deposits. Dilles is a Fellow and Silver Medalist of the Society of Economic Geologists.



Excellence in Geology: A Celebration of Legacy and Future Promise

May 2022

Corvallis, OR

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