Autumn 2001 (9.3)
AGI Petroleum Scholarships
The American Geological Institute (AGI) has awarded scholarships
to four Azerbaijani petroleum geoscientists - Mehdi Yusifov, Khayyam Farzullayev,
Farhad Sadikhov and Kanan Aliyev - to study in the U.S. for the 2001-2002
academic year. The awards in AGI's Azeri Petroleum Geoscience
Scholarship Program are funded by ExxonMobil and Chevron.
Above: AGI scholarship winners
Mehdi Yusifov, Khayyam Farzullayev, Farhad Sadikhov and Kanan
The four awardees arrived at Texas A&M University on August
18 and will attend graduate courses there for ten months. After
completion of the program, they may be invited to participate
in a six-week summer geoscience internship at a company-sponsored
office in the U.S. Their scholarships cover all costs for the
program, including airfare, tuition, books, room and board, medical
insurance and miscellaneous expenses.
This is the fifth year that AGI, a non-profit federation of 35
geoscientific and professional associations, has coordinated
the Petroleum Geoscience Scholarship Program in Azerbaijan. Since
1997, it has provided scholarships to 20 Azerbaijani geoscientists.
Chevron, ExxonMobil, Amoco, Frontera Resources and Texaco have
supported the program in past years.
The program focuses on recent Azerbaijani geoscience graduates
who have long-term career interests in the petroleum industry.
It aims to give them access to Western-based geoscience training
with a focus on petroleum assessment methodologies, advanced
technologies and business practices.
Books for Refugee Children
ExxonMobil has been at the forefront in publishing educational
materials in Azerbaijan's new Azeri Latin script for the past
several years. In September, Exxon Azerbaijan distributed English-Azeri
illustrated Oxford Dictionaries, the eighth, ninth and tenth
volumes of its Children's Encyclopedia, math textbooks and school
supplies to refugee children in the camps along Azerbaijan's
Below: Joe Carlson of ExxonMobil
presenting Oxford Picture Word Books to the refugee children.
Publication of the Dictionary
and Children's Encyclopedia was sponsored by Exxon Azerbaijan,
in cooperation with Ayna publishing house. The dictionary, called
"My Oxford Picture Word Book," is intended for students
who have recently begun learning English.
Interesting illustrations help students understand and memorize
hundreds of new words and expressions. Two of the new Children's
Encyclopedia volumes are dedicated to "Movies" and
"Music" and are illustrated with pictures of well-known
movies, actors and musicians. Another encyclopedia volume on
"Stars" features pictures of the various constellations.
The books were distributed to school libraries in the Southern
refugee camps with assistance from the International Federation
of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies. In previous years,
Exxon Azerbaijan distributed seven volumes of the encyclopedia.
They have also been involved with printing an Azerbaijani-English
dictionary in both Cyrillic and Latin scripts.
(9.3) Autumn 2001.
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