The Dry Dredgers is an association of amateur geologists and fossil collectors dedicated to the knowledge and enjoyment of fossils. The association was founded in 1942 and continues to bring together those interested in ancient life. Its aim is to stimulate interest in geology, to encourage the collection, curation and identification of fossils, and to participate in field trips and exhibitions. The group is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati Geology Department and annually awards the Paleontological Research Award to support the study of paleontology. Working directly with professional paleontologists, members have been involved with the publication of numerous papers, theses and posters through the donation of specimens, discovery of sites, excavation assistance and even authorships.