News & Events

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The Annual Meeting is less than two weeks away, and the GSA Foundation will be there with information on the many important programs and initiatives we support—and, of course, with fun activities and giveaways along the way!

Stop by our booth to test your expertise in identifying our Board of Trustees’ favorite rocks and minerals. If you can dig deep and “rock” our quiz, you could win a daily prize. Members of our newly named Tektonikos student giving circle should also come by to receive a special thank-you gift. Did you know that we have more than 1100 students who give back to GSA? Here’s a group that doesn’t take the support they’ve received for “granite.” Additionally, we will be handing out ribbons to recognize members of our Penrose, Pardee, and Tektonikos giving groups. Finally, we will have several limited-edition items to give away, including a special bandana exclusive to the 2018 Annual Meeting—and it is pretty “gneiss,” if we say so ourselves.

Come by the GSA Foundation booth anytime during the Annual Meeting to participate and to learn more about ways you can make an impact on GSA programs.

David Williams speaking at Foundation Booth in 2017 person presenting at Foundation booth in 2017

OTF students on stairs at convention centerThe matching gift opportunity for our On To the Future (OTF) initiative is almost complete. Thanks to many of you, we are 80% of the way to our goal!

More than $16,000 has been matched 1:1 for a total of $32,000 raised to support the next generation of OTF students.

Less than $4000 more is needed to reach the matching goal. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to double your impact on the future of the geosciences. Make your gift to OTF today.

Last month we announced a matching gift opportunity for On To the Future (OTF), and thanks to many of you we’re 40% of the way to our goal!

It’s the stories of OTF students and alumni that motivated a long-time GSAF donor to issue this matching challenge. Every gift made to OTF this fall will be matched 1:1 up to a $20,000 total. So far, you have risen to the challenge and given more than $8000 in response. That means only $12,000 more is needed. Don’t wait to double your impact on the future of the geosciences. Make your gift to OTF today by clicking the DONATE button.

2017 Foundation

This year we’ve been talking a lot about GSA’s grassroots initiative, On To the Future (OTF). In the six years OTF has been around, it has helped more than 500 students from groups underrepresented in the geosciences attend their first GSA Annual Meeting. Many of the earliest OTF alumni are bringing new talent, diversity, and energy to the geosciences. Some of them are even returning as mentors to the next generation of OTF students.

Motivated by the stories of OTF students and alumni, a generous donor has made a transformational gift—and invites you to do the same. This long-time GSAF donor is putting up $20,000 to match gifts that support OTF. Any OTF contribution this fall will be matched 1:1 to a $20,000 total. These gifts will help students attend the 2019 GSA Annual Meeting to experience individual mentorship, unparalleled networking opportunities, and the excitement of the geosciences.

Our goal is to promote a more inclusive and welcoming geoscience community. Click on the DONATE button at the top right to make a gift to OTF today and double your impact on the future of the geosciences.  
OTF Booth in 2013OTF Group in 2015OTF Group in 2017

The GSA Foundation congratulates GSA’s On To the Future (OTF) Initiative on a new partnership with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and UNAVCO!

This partnership was established thanks to the hard work of Tahlia Bear, GSA’s Diversity and Career Officer, and is a three-year initiative funded by the National Science Foundation. The Professional Development Pathways to Diversifying the Geosciences Workforce project will target underrepresented minorities in GSA’s On to the Future initiative, and offer support to participants to attend professional development workshops focused on acquiring soft skills (written and oral communication skills related to internship/fellowship applications) at multiple GSA conference venues (annual and geographic section meetings) annually. The goal of this effort is to provide participants with academic/career pipeline supplemental professional training to enhance the quantity and quality of internship/fellowship applications, and ultimately aid their transition to the geosciences workforce.

Every year aspiring geoscientists spend part of their summer at a field seminar. This week Director of Development Debbie Marcinkowski is joining some of those students at the GSA/ExxonMobil Bighorn Basin Field Seminar in Montana and Wyoming. Check out some pictures from the seminar below.

Left to right: Students work in teams at each site throughout the course, Elk Basin. Instructors presenting at Elk Basin. Making up-close observations, Cedar Mountain. A team observing the accretion of bands, Bighorn Basin.

field teams at Elk Basininstructors at Elk Basin

field seminar observations, Cedar Mountain

field seminar team looking at band accretion, Bighorn Basin

students looking at map in the fieldThe GSA Foundation is excited to announce the new Petroleum Geoscientists Fund for Undergraduate Field Experience and Research! This fund is unique because it was initiated and started by a group of industry career geoscientists and underscores the value of undergraduate field experience as realized by them. It is also one of a small number of sources of field camp financial support.

Did you know?

Undergraduate field experience is considered by professionals and employers to be a critical geoscience training experience, and yet…

  • Only 40% of 2016 geoscience bachelor’s degree candidates participated in field camp; attendance continues to decrease.
  • Rising field camp costs are increasingly prohibitive to students.
  • Corporate funding for field camp scholarships and student research has dramatically shrunk in the last 5 years.


YOU can help support the undergraduate field experience by becoming part of the Petroleum Geoscientists Fund for Undergraduate Field Experience and Research effort.

Jack in earlier BSA daysHess with medalThe GSA Foundation staff congratulates Jack Hess who was recognized with the Silver Buffalo Award by the Boy Scouts of America on 25 May 2018.

Created in 1925, the Silver Buffalo Award for distinguished service to youth is awarded to those persons who give noteworthy and extraordinary service, either independent of or directly through the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), to youth on a national level. This award is scouting’s highest commendation, recognizing the invaluable contributions that outstanding Americans make to youth.

As an Eagle Scout with over 50 years of scouting, Jack has a distinguished record of service with the BSA and has been recognized with numerous awards including the Hornaday Gold Badge, Silver Antelope Award, Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award, and the Silver Beaver Award.

Join us in congratulating Jack on this remarkable achievement!

Tektonikos logo

Hey student members!

We are excited to share the logo for Tektonikos: Building the Future, your student giving circle.

If you give $50 in a year or commit to a recurring gift of just $5 per month (roughly the cost of a coffee), you are a member of Tektonikos. Just click the DONATE button at the top right of the screen to set things in motion.

We have a lot of exciting things planned for members of Tektonikos, so keep an eye out for updates and information.

Hey student members! After five GSA section meetings and hundreds of votes, you chose Tektonikos as the name for your student giving circle. Tektonikos comes from the Greek root meaning “to build up,” so the tagline for your group is “Building the Future.” Students are the future of the geosciences and you are helping build the future of GSA. Keep an eye out for more information about what it means to be a member of Tektonikos—including your own logo!

Jack Hess with student at 2018 section meeting

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