The Sam Worden Endowed Memorial Award in Geophysics
Sam Worden graduated from Rice University in 1935 and was awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1983. When he was a student here at Rice, the Department of Geology and Geophysics had not yet been established, and he received his degree in Electrical Engineering. However, he had a lifelong love of Geophysics. He was an inventor and is well known for his Worden Gravimeter, used extensively by Geophysical crews in searching for oil fields, especially in salt dome areas. In 1987, Sam’s wife, Helen, endowed this award in memory of her husband.
Awarded to a graduating geophysics undergraduate or graduating geophysics graduate student. Award is based on the student’s creative, innovative contributions to the enhancement of geophysics, either in theory or instrumentation