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50th Anniversary Fund

The 50th Anniversary Fund is an endowment that supports a range of department activities every year. The fund ensures financial stability for the department so that we can keep supporting our undergraduate and graduate students, providing them with the best geological training for their future careers. Thank you to everyone who supports the 50th Anniversary Fund. Your contribution impacts every single member of our Department, thousands of people in the local community, and the international scientific community.


Just two of a variety of activities that you fund through the 50th Anniversary endowment:

Conference Travel Grant Program

Mitra Khadka receiving an Award at GSA
Mitra Khadka receiving a Geological Society of America Hydrogeology Student Research Award 2012

The conference travel grant program provides funding toward a student, postdoc and faculty travel to conferences and workshops. Every student attending a conference to present their research to the scientific community receives $250 to offset their travel expenses. Presenting research at a scientific conference is an important experience for any student, giving them the opportunity to receive outside feedback on their research methods and results, network with other scientists and companies, and access invaluable resources for their future footsteps toward a successful and rewarding career in the geosciences. In addition to the value for students, the Department reaps huge benefits from showcasing its cutting edge geoscience research and attracting future faculty, postdocs and high calibre students to our undergraduate and graduate programs. Conferences provide an ideal environment for faculty and postdocs to initiate groundbreaking internationally collaborative research.

Community Earth Science Outreach Events

Children playing with the augmented reality sandbox
Children playing with the Augmented Reality Sandbox at “Can You Dig It?”

Every year you support a major local outreach event called “Can You Dig It?” that attracts up to 2000 visitors including many local families and students. The event is free and provides an extremely valuable opportunity to promote the department’s activities and share our enthusiasm for the Earth sciences with the public. Earth science outreach is a vital tool in community education in the current political climate concerning future environmental policy-making to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for Florida.

For upcoming outreach events, please see our events page.