The Michael C. Augustin Memorial Scholarship Fund

The history of life, patterns across deep time, the causes of extinction—these sweeping questions fascinated Michael and propelled him towards a career in paleontology. At Cornell, he sought out courses that immersed him in the fossil collection and research activities at the Paleontological Research Institute’s Museum of the Earth. In the summer of 2011, Michael worked with Stanford University Professor Jonathan Payne, studying extinction over the last 500 million years. Michael had returned to Stanford to continue that work when he passed away unexpectedly in June 2012.

To honor Michael’s memory, a scholarship fund has been established to support internships at the Museum of the Earth for students of color. The Michael C. Augustin Memorial Scholarship will support students who carry forward his dream.

If you wish to contribute to the Memorial fund, please make checks payable to Paleontological Research Institution (please include on the memo line of your check, “Michael C. Augustin Memorial Fund”) , or contribute online:

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Barbara Page's Rock of Ages Sands of Time
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Adopted by the Shulman and Morin Family
In honor of Michael C. Augustin