Jinny Sisson, long-time GSA Foundation Trustee, Research Associate Professor at the University of Houston, and Director of the Yellowstone Bighorn Research Association Field Camp (YBRA), tells us how her desire to support young geoscientists inspires her giving.
What inspires you to give so freely of your time serving as a GSAF Trustee?
I want to make an impact beyond teaching and research as it helps make a difference to geoscientists and society. We often think that scientific advances are made with great thoughts alone, but they have to be supported by resources—either time and/or money—given by others.
What motivates you to give to GSA?
I was generously supported by GSA research grants as a grad student and now I can return the favor to young geoscientists. As one who grew up with limited resources but generous parents, I was taught to give whatever we can.
What would you say to others thinking about make a financial commitment to the Society?
Often what is needed most is a leader to pave the way for others. If you see a cause that needs a push—take the lead! Many find being generous with either time or money rewarding in itself, because of the opportunity to share their passion, values, and inspiration with others. When you do this, you have the ability to shape the future of the geosciences.
What would you like to say to other people who donate their time and resources to GSA?
To those who donate time as a volunteer, know that you are helping indirectly many who need it. To those who give money, you are helping directly in many ways. You may only get a short note thanking you for your time or money, but realize that you are part of a Society that gives generously in many ways.