Contact Marcus Milling (703) 379-2480
July 25, 2000


ALEXANDRIA, VA — The American Geological Institute has awarded academic scholarships through its International Petroleum Geoscience Scholarship Program to five petroleum geoscientists from Azerbaijan to study in the United States for the 2000-2001 collegiate year. These scholarships, made possible through the financial support of ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Frontera Resources, will provide an opportunity for outstanding young geoscience professionals to gain advanced training in petroleum exploration and production technologies, economics, environmental protection, and legal aspects of mineral resource development.

The scholarship recipients received their diplomas in the geosciences from the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy and have career interests in the petroleum industry. The AGI scholarship will provide full support for study in the geological sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. At the end of the academic year, the students will have an opportunity for an additional six-week internship appointment at a company sponsor office in the United States before returning to Azerbaijan. This year’s awardees are Octay Rahmanov, Emin Sadikhov, Nigyar Samedova, Mekhti Yusifov, and Javid Zeynalov.

This is the fourth year AGI has coordinated the International Petroleum Geoscience Scholarship Program in Azerbaijan. Since inception of the scholarship program in 1997, AGI has awarded scholarships to twelve Azeri petroleum geoscientists. AGI works closely with Azerbaijan academic institutions and the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) to identify the most qualified geoscience students to be considered for the program.

For more information on the program, contact Dr. Marcus Milling at AGI <> or David Puls at ExxonMobil offices in Baku, Azerbaijan at +011-994-12-98-24-60.

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