Scientist and AGU Development Board member Jamie Austin has issued a challenge to the AGU membership and Earth and space science community. Austin will generously match all donations to the Austin Endowment for Student Travel up to the amount of $1 million. With your support, we have the opportunity to create an endowment of $2 million to support students attending AGU Fall Meetings. Meeting this challenge is an opportunity, and we need your help.
The Earth and space science community knows that attending an AGU meeting while a student can be a transforming experience that builds confidence, grows perspective, and forges a new network of scientific peers. Student travel grants are an investment in the future of the Earth and space sciences and of undergraduate and Ph.D. students from around the world hoping to defray the costs of presenting their science.
Student applications for travel grant support far exceed the number of available grants. Over the years, student travel grant applications have grown to approximately 1,000 each year. AGU is currently able to support 220 student travel grants each year—we have lots of room to grow to meet the needs of future Earth and space scientists. At the end of 2019, when complete, the Austin Student Travel Grant Challenge will nearly double the number of grants awarded to students wishing to travel to Fall Meeting. Grants are awarded to students across all AGU sections, with preference given to students from underrepresented demographic groups.
As we celebrate our Centennial and look to the next 100 years of scientific discoveries, your matched gift will help ensure that our science is sustainable and diverse.
The Austin Student Travel Grant Challenge will advance the impact of student travel grants. AGU leaders, including members of the Board of Directors, the Council, the Development Board, the Centennial Steering Committee, and staff, have taken the challenge to heart and have already donated over $300,000.
Support the Austin Student Travel Grant Challenge and make a donation in any amount. Your gift will be matched by Jamie Austin and will have double the impact, going even further in supporting student experiences at Fall Meeting.