Dr. Wilfred Elders Endowed Fund for Field Studies


Earth & Planetary Sciences Dept D01055


Graduate or Undergraduate Student Support


From 1970 until his retirement, Dr. Elders directed a Geothermal Resources Program at UCR
and supervised more than 30 graduate students. He also taught undergraduate classes in
petrology, geochemistry, structural geology, and field mapping. He has lectured at International
Geothermal Institutes in New Zealand, Japan and Iceland and served on the Board of Directors
of the Geothermal Resources Council and as Chairman of its Education Committee. From 1983-
1988 he was Chief Scientist of the Salton Sea Scientific Drilling Project, which drilled a 3.1 km
deep borehole that reached temperatures of 360°C and produced brines containing >25 wt% of
total dissolved solids. In 2000 he retired from fulltime laboratory science and teaching to become the Co-Chief Scientist of the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP), a long term, international drilling project. The IDDP is aimed at bringing about the next phase in the development of geothermal resources worldwide, by exploring for deep, supercritical, geothermal fluids. The IDDP successfully drilled a 4.5 km deep supercritical well at the Reykjanes Geothermal Field that had a bottom hole temperature of 625oC with fluid pressures >40 bar, the world’s hottest geothermal well. The superheated steam produced from supercritical systems has a power output an order of magnitude greater than that of a conventional geothermal well producing subcritical steam.

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Fund Purpose: This Fund shall be used to provide support for undergraduate and graduate students in field studies in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Criteria and Selection Process
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences Scholarship Committee will select undergraduate and graduate students who apply and meet all of the following criteria:

- They are pursuing a major within the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences;
- They are engaged and participating in field studies
- They are in good academic standing

As the Endowment grows, the number and/or size of scholarships made each year may be increased. The minimum scholarship amount for any single student recipient will be $1,000. In years when there is no candidate who meets the criteria, awards will be held until the following year.