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Diversity Field Trip Grants

In 2020, the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologist’s (AEG) Executive Council made the following statement on diversity: “AEG supports diversity equity, and inclusion in the geosciences professions and in our organization. AEG leadership plans to further our efforts in promoting these values by challenging ourselves on what we can do better to encourage underrepresented populations to consider and obtain careers in the geosciences and to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment within our Association and the geosciences professions.”

In 2020, the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geology’s (AEG) Executive Council made the following statement on diversity: “AEG supports diversity, equity, and inclusion in the geosciences professions and in our organization. AEG leadership plans to further our efforts in promoting these values by challenging ourselves on what we can do better to encourage underrepresented populations to consider and obtain careers in the geosciences and to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment within our Association and the geosciences professions.”

In mid-2020, AEG established the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee (DEIC). Leaders and members of the DEIC have established the AEG Foundation Diversity Scholarship Fund to support geoscience enrichment field trips for junior-high-school (or middle-school) and high-school students and academic scholarship for college/university students.

The purpose of the AEG Foundation Diversity Field Trip Grants is to show junior-high-school (or middle-school) and high-school students who have a Black, Hispanic or Latino/a, Pacific Islander, and/or American Indian/Alaskan Native personal heritage an introduction to professional practice in the geosciences. Hopefully, a positive experience may encourage them to consider continuing their college or university studies in the geosciences.

Each year, the AEG Foundation shall disburse about $5,000 in support of about five AEG Foundation Diversity Field Trip Grants. It is planned that those five grants will be for about $1,000 each. The grants will be made after evaluation of proposals submitted by junior-high-school (or middle-school) and high-school teachers and their school administrators.

Successful proposals may request funding for transportation (such as a chartered coach, or fuel and professional drivers for the schools’ vehicles); lunches and snacks; admission fees to state or national parks, mineral- or fossil-collecting sites, mine tours, or other geoscience-related sites; liability insurance for the teacher(s), the school and district, volunteer chaperones, and AEG Foundation; and other necessary expenses.

Each student field-trip participant must provide a written and signed parental/guardian permission or authorization that meets or exceeds the state, district, and school requirements.

Successful proposals should request not more than about $1,000 each. If more funding is needed for the planned field trip, other sources should be tapped, such as the school’s parents-teachers group, a local school sponsor, and/or a nearby AEG Chapter (see Regions & Chapters (aegweb.org); scroll down). If funding less than $1,000 is needed, the budget request should reflect that – the AEG Foundation may be able to give more than five grants if economies are possible and presented.

These grants are available to public, private, and charter school students. They are not available to home-school students or home-school groups.

It is preferred that this AEG Foundation Diversity Field-Trip be scheduled for out-of-school hours, such as a Saturday, a school holiday, or a vacation day. A full-day is preferred (~9:00 am until ~6:00 pm, or ~8:00 am until ~4:00 pm, 6:00 am until 5:00 pm, or similar).

A summary of each field trip that is funded through this AEG program shall be prepared for the AEG Foundation and AEG. Photos and a short summary of the event (about 200-300 words) will be published in following issues of the AEG News and the AEG Insider.

Awardees:
  • 2022 - TBD
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