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Endowed Geology Department Funds

Alumni continue to support two remarkable funds that allow majors to travel to do research, experience the discipline in the field or other labs, and to attend and present at conferences. We greatly appreciate the work and lives of the individuals honored by the funds as well as those who generously contribute to these funds. You make a real difference in the educational experience of many students.

The Samuel J. Kozak-Odell S. McGuire-Edgar W. Spencer-Frederick L. Schwab Geology Award
The Samuel Kozak, Edgar Spencer, Odell McGuire, and Frederick Schwab Endowed Geology Fund was created by alumni in 2001 to honor the memory and careers of the four long-serving members of the Geology Dept. The purpose of the permanently endowed fund is to provide financial support to geology students to travel to professional meetings, to prepare publications, and to present the results of their research to the technical community. Students have been able to attend and present at GSA, AGU, and AAPG conferences each year since the fund was set up.  Almost all student research in the department is partially supported by this fund.

R. Preston Hawkins IV Geology Award
The Hawkins Fund was established in 2008 by family, friends, and colleagues to memorializes Preston Hawkins '91. He loved geology field work as a student and spent his career as a field geologist. The Fund is permanently endowed and provides financial assistance to geology students conducting field research project or working as a field assistant to a faculty member. Recent recipients of the Hawkins Award have conducted field research in the Appalachians, Belize, Rockies, Andes, Belize, and Connecticut River Valley.

If you would like to know more about these funds or how to contribute, please contact Chris Connors, Head of the Geology Dept.