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Geology professor honoured by peers for teaching excellence

By Costa Maragos Posted: August 16, 2016 6:00 a.m.

John Amoruso (l) of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation presents the foundation’s Professorial Award to Dr. Stephen Bend, professor of petroleum geology at the U of R.
John Amoruso (l) of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation presents the foundation’s Professorial Award to Dr. Stephen Bend, professor of petroleum geology at the U of R. Photo courtesy of AAPG

Dr. Stephen Bend, professor of petroleum geology, has been honoured by his peers.

Bend is the recipient of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation Professorial Award. The award is given annually to a professor for “excellence in the teaching of natural resources in the earth sciences.”

The AAPG is the largest international geosciences association in the world. Bend is only the second Canadian to receive the award, presented at the foundation’s annual convention in Calgary recently.

“I am very honoured to receive this award, and equally honoured to have been nominated and considered worthy,” says Bend. “An award such as this is a humbling experience, knowing that there are many deserving professors who give their very best day in, day out, seeking to give their students the best education possible, simply because those professors care about their students.”

Bend has earned a solid reputation as both a researcher and mentor.

He’s trained master’s and doctoral candidates (geologists and engineers), authored and co-authored numerous publications on coal-related and petroleum systems research, and has served on numerous national and international committees.
 
Prior to accepting a position at the U of R in 1990, Bend worked as a petroleum geochemist and as a petroleum geologist in South America, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

His commitment to teaching excellence was recognized at the U of R when he received the Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Most telling, however, are testimonials from former students, who praise Bend for his guidance.

“My undergraduate thesis supervisor, Dr. Stephen Bend, has transitioned from professor to mentor over the course of the last year. I wouldn’t be able to achieve success without his guidance,” says recent U of R geology graduate Sienna Johnson, who was recently profiled here.

“I consider myself part of a community of professors who actively care about the education and training of our young aspiring professionals,” says Bend. “A community of professors who enjoy what they do, who are able to convey enthusiasm for subjects taught, who consciously or unconsciously inspire young minds, and most importantly a community of professors who enjoy teaching.”

The AAPG Foundation, established in 1967, is a non-profit foundation supporting educational and scientific activities in the field of geology. The Professorial Award is one of two excellence in teaching awards offered by the Foundation.

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