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It is critically important for geology students to have field experiences to gain an appreciation for the immense scale of geologic processes. All Professional Geology majors at EMU are required to attend a 5-6 week geology field course, normally in the Western U.S., to complete their degrees. This field course costs thousands of dollars in tuition, fees, and lodging and is a substantial expense for most EMU students who are working their way through school.
The Geology Field Experience Fund was created by EMU Geology Faculty in 2019 with the goal of providing financial support to undergraduate students attending a geology field course or other geology field experiences like the new ESSC 255 Regional Geology Field Trip course.
"Thanks to the generous scholarship from the Geology Field Experience Fund, I was well-prepared to take on the difficult challenges associated with attending field camp in the Alaskan interior. It was a transformative experience, both personally, and in my journey to become a professional geologist. "
- Shawn Steckenfinger, 2021 Geology Field Experience Scholarship Awardee
"Along with tuition I also had to buy a lot of geologic equipment for myself as well as hiking gear and other personal supplies. This was pretty expensive which is why the $500 scholarship was extremely helpful, almost all of this money was used towards my supplies. "
- Rabia Azam, 2021 Geology Field Experience Scholarship Awardee