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Corporate Partners

We are pleased to invite companies to become a visible contributor to the  UGA Department of Geology's commitment to create communities of learning, discovery and innovation through our Georgia First Program.

The Department of Geology at the University of Georgia believes partnerships between industry and universities benefit everyone involved. Through our Georgia First Program, we offer tailored engagement opportunities with our students based on your interests and recruiting needs. Through this program, corporations provide financial support that makes it possible for students to participate in learning opportunities.

  • Annual Georgia First Membership: $10,000
  • Platinum: Custom Impact

Direct Gift Donations to Geology Funds

Geology Primary Funds
  • GEOLOGY GENERAL FUND  (Non-endowed 81919000)

    Benefits the programs and expenses of the Geology Department. These funds allow us to target specific requests that are unique and lets us promote visits from industry recruiters to speak to students about career options. These funds help us promote the department and highlight all the good things that our faculty, staff, and students as well as highlight the activities of our alumni and carry out alumni events. If you are not sure about what fund to exactly donate to, then please give here because this fund provides the most discretion for the department.


    Provides research support for the Department of Geology. Support includes student research assistant stipends, lab and research supplies, travel, equipment upgrades, analyses and testing and other related expenses as deemed appropriate.


    Provides support for undergraduate Geology majors actively engaged in research with a Geology faculty mentor. Support includes assistance with field work, supplies, fees, workshops, conferences, travel, and other related expenses as deemed appropriate.

  • GEOLOGY SUMMER FIELD SCHOOL FUND (Non-endowed 91633000)

    Provides support for undergraduate students to participate in the Geology Summer Field School program in Colorado (program website). Support includes scholarship support, transportation expenses, meals, accommodations, admissions fees, vehicle, equipment rentals, and communications costs incurred while in the field.


    Provides support for the IFP (formerly HFGP and GASFP), which the Geology Department has been running since 1988. Please visit the program website to get a full sense of the unique travel and learning experience in field-based science that has been afforded to hundreds of students from UGA and beyond. Funds are used to offset costs to help keep the IFP program affordable for all students.


    Provided financial assistance to both full and associate professors within our department. Support includes graduate assistantships, travel, research, equipment, materials, business-related meals and entertainment, awards, stipends, events, and other expenses deemed appropriate.

Facilities and Faculty Support Funds
  • Geology Facilities Support Fund (Non-endowed 91781000)

    This fund helps to keep our labs working. Examples include facilities open to all geology undergraduates and graduate students, such as the thin section/rock-saw lab and the X-ray diffraction lab. Maintaining instruments is like owning a car… sometimes unexpectedly a part breaks and you need to make repairs to keep things going. This fund helps alleviate down time and keep our students productive. 

  • Geology Faculty Start-Up Support Fund (Non-endowed 91944000)

    Provides support for faculty in the Department of Geology. Support includes equipment, furniture, computers, books, software, scientific instrumentation, research materials, summer salary, graduate student support, and any other related expenses deemed appropriate.

  • Shellebarger Professorship in Geology (Endowed 78248000)

    The Endowment provides supplemental salary support research or teaching assistance needed, but not otherwise available, to support the Professorship. The funds also cover professional travel expenses, memberships, and other expenses that enhance the effectiveness of the Professorship beyond those ordinarily provided by the University.

Student Support and Scholarship Funds
  • Skip and Cris Forsthoff Undergraduate Research and Field Scholarship (Endowed 71767180)

    The Endowment provides support for undergraduate students in the Department of Geology on research endeavors with first preference given to offsetting costs for summer field school.

  • Joseph W. Berg Jr. Scholarship in Geophysics (Endowed 72439000)

    The Endowment provides scholarships for students in the Geophysics Program. Students must apply for the scholarship by submitting a one-page project description along with a faculty letter of support. A committee appointed by and including the Head of the Department will select the recipient(s) on the basis of academic standing and the value of the research projects.

  • Miriam Watt Wheeler Graduate Student Scholarship in Geology (Endowed 72686000)

    The Endowment supports graduate students in the Department of Geology including scholarships, summer stipend support, travel, equipment, and related research expenses. Scholarship and support candidates will be screened by the Admissions and Awards Committee of the department, who will provide a ranked list of candidates to the department head for selection. Preference should be given to students with a strong work ethic, including consideration of academic merit and financial need.

  • Oscar Emory Stooksbury Endowed Scholarship in Geology (Endowed 76015000)

    The Endowment provides scholarship support to undergraduate student(s) majoring in Geology. Preference shall be given to students with financial need. Recipients will be a selected by a committee appointed by the Department Head. 

  • Doug Dvoracek IFP Scholarship Fund (Endowed 76331003)

    Provides scholarship funding to select students participating in the Interdisciplinary Field Program. Established in memory of Dr. Doug Dvoracek, UGA Geology alum, Research Scientist, and Geology Field School and IFP instructor.

  • Gilles and Bernadette Allard Geology Award (Endowed 79003003)

    Provides awards to support field-related research expenses for Geology graduate students. A list of recipients to this prestigious award can be viewed on our Departmental Awards page.

  • Geology Student Research Fund (Non-endowed 9175500)

    This fund was initiated by a gift given in the honor of Professor Vernon Hurst. The funds are specifically targeted to undergrads pursuing research mentored by Geology faculty. The funds help a student travel to a field site for sample collection and get analytical data needed for their research. The funds also support students present their results at professional meetings, which leads to great networking. More and more undergrads are benefiting from this experiential learning.

  • Geology Field Experience (Non-endowed 91779000)

    This fund allows our students to get into the field. Due to continuing cuts to our operating budget we no longer have the discretionary funds to pay for vans, gas, and accommodations to take core classes to the field. This includes trips to cherished places like Sapelo Island, Graves Mountain, and the Ridge and Valley. We now rely on these funds to help our majors get into the field, which you know is so important to the training of a good geologist.

Connect with UGA GEOLOGY

To discuss the UGA Geology Corporate Partnership Program or other Funding opportunities, please contact:

Department of Geology
Dr. Adam Milewski
Title: Professor & Department Head 
Office: Geography-Geology Building 323
Phone Number: 706-542-2652
 Franklin College Office of Development and Alumni Relations 
Direct Contact TBD
Office: Development and Alumni Relations
Phone Number: 706-542-3581

If you have questions about giving to Geology, please contact the Franklin College Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (706) 542-3581 or

Your gift helps to fund research, travel, and field experience for students and faculty.