This award supports a grant-in-aid for student research on the geology and geophysics of western Montana and adjacent areas. Competition for the grant-in-aid is announced annually through a direct mailing to U.S. and Canadian institutions and on the World Wide Web.
Preference is given to students who will reside, in part, at the Field Station, where they will be provided free room and board. All publications resulting from the work must acknowledge the Charles J. Vitaliano endowment as the source of the grant-in-aid, and grant recipients must use the field station as their address on the publications.
The selection of the recipient of the Charles J. Vitaliano Grant-in-Aid is made by a committee consisting of the director and associate director of the station, and one other person appointed by the director.