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Announcing the James L Carter Scholarship Fund

On Friday, November 9, 2007, former students and friends gathered to congratulate Dr. Carter on his retirement after 43 years at UT Dallas.

In honor of Dr. Carter's lengthy service to the University, Dean Myron Salamon announced the James L. Carter Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship will be awarded to graduate and undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the geosciences. To make a gift to the scholarship fund you may visit the "Make a Gift" page and select the Dr. James L. Carter Scholarship fund from the drop-down box. If you any have questions, please contact Barbara Hollis, at (972) 883-6407.

Dr. Carter earned his BS from Texas Western University, now known as UT El Paso, in 1961. He earned his PhD in Geochemistry from Rice University in 1965, and became a Postdoctoral associate at the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest (now UT Dallas) from 1964-1965. His research interests involve five areas:

  • Lunar and extraterrestrial resources,
  • Upper mantle and lower crustal studies of the earth,
  • Geochemical exploration and ore deposits,
  • Environmental geochemistry,
  • And K-T boundary and Late Cretaceous sauropod dinosaurs.

Dr. James Carter is world renowned for his expertise in "simulated lunar regolith," virtually indistinguishable from moon dirt. He is NASA's go-to guy when they need artificial moon dirt. Dr. Carter is also known for helping discover the remains of an alamosaurus in Big Bend National Park.

  • Updated: November 14, 2007