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What is the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy?


What is The Hudson Institute of Mineralogy?

The Hudson Institute of Mineralogy is a not-for-profit research, cultural and educational entity chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York in 2003. In addition to its not-for-profit status, the Institute applied to the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This application was approved in 2004, and as such, donations to the Institute are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Our Mission Statement:

The Hudson Institute of Mineralogy is dedicated to the discovery, study and preservation of mineral species and their history, and to increasing public awareness and appreciation of the mineral kingdom through outreach and education. Our primary outreach effort is the widely known-website: www.mindat.org.

Our People:

The members of the Institute's Board of Directors are drawn from the scientific, educational and business communities. Some of them, like founder Tony Nikischer, are involved in mineralogy in some capacity, while others are simply concerned citizens with expertise in other fields. In addition, the Institute's original Science Advisory Board was made up of Dr. Pete Dunn of the Smithsonian Institution (retired), Dr. George Robinson, former curator at the Canadian Museum of Nature and retired Curator of the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, and Professor of Mineralogy at Michigan Technical University, Andy Roberts, Chief X-Ray Mineralogist at the Canadian Geological Survey (retired), and Dr. William B. Simmons, Professor of Mineralogy and Petrology at the University of New Orleans (retired). The Directors and Science Advisors serve the Institute without remuneration, and an army of worldwide volunteers keep Mindat.org current.

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