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As the sun sets on yet another day in the field, aspiring geoscientists gather around, sharing stories, discoveries, and dreams. They’re not just participants; they’re torchbearers for the future of geology. For many geologists, field camp is more than just an important educational journey. The boots-on-the-ground experience, where theoretical knowledge becomes tangible reality, catalyzes a profound transformation. Aspiring geoscientists immerse themselves in the terrain, meticulously observing, collecting data, and interpreting geologic features. This hands-on engagement is where academic pursuits fuse with field skills, forging experts who can navigate between their training and the untamed Earth.

This isn’t just an academic exercise; it’s an immersive experience in geological education—the field camp. For generations, this capstone venture has sculpted geologists, melding classroom theories with real-world encounters. However, as the cost of participation steadily rises, generous supporters of The Geological Society of America Foundation (GSAF) step in, ensuring that passionate learners are able to take advantage of these formative experiences. Here’s why supporting the J. David Lowell Field Camp Scholarship program through GSAF is crucial.


Despite its undeniable value, the cost of attending field camp continues to grow, placing a barrier before many deserving scientists. The J. David Lowell Field Camp Scholarship Fund stands as a testament to the geoscience community’s dedication to developing the future of the geosciences. The ripple effect of this support extends beyond the classroom and the field, cultivating a new generation of analytical thinkers and problem solvers.


The numbers speak volumes. Over the past decade, GSA has enabled nearly 200 students to partake in field camp experiences that might otherwise have been beyond their reach. Each individual with this opportunity brings unique perspectives, diverse narratives, and fresh ideas to the geoscience table. This rich tapestry of minds fuels innovation and fuels the evolution of the field itself.

Supporting the Field Camp Scholarship program isn’t just about financial aid; it’s about kindling the fire of a promising future. It’s an investment in minds that will shape our understanding of Earth, our stewardship of its resources, and our ability to adapt to the challenges of an ever-changing world.

Your commitment to supporting the J. David Lowell Field Camp Scholarship Fund ensures that this fire continues to burn bright, nurturing talents that will shape the world we inhabit. Join us in erasing financial barriers, igniting possibilities, and sculpting the geoscientists of tomorrow! Learn more by visiting or contacting Debbie Marcinkowski at


Left: Mable Hagans, 2022. Right: Alina Hernandez, 2021. J. David Lowell Field Camp Scholarship Recipients.

Mable Hagans in the fieldAlina Hernandez in the field

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