Rocky Mountain Section Grants

The Rocky Mountain Section thanks the GSA Foundation for their support of our Programs.

Undergraduate Research Grants   Student Travel

Undergraduate Student Research Grant

Proposal Deadline: 1 March

Policies & Award

Students and applications must meet the following criteria:

  1. This award is open to undergraduate Earth Science students who are currently enrolled in a B.S. or B.A degree program.
  2. Priority will be given to projects that involve the Rocky Mountain region (see boundaries).
  3. The student must be a student member of the Rocky Mountain Section of GSA.
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  4. The online application must be completed during the application period 15 January through 1 March. Funding decisions will be announced 31 March with funds being mailed to successful applicants by 30 April.
  5. Funded students are expected to expend the funds as stated in the proposal; return any unexpended funds to the Section Secretary; submit a summary report.  The final report will be a maximum of 500 words and should explain how the RMS-GSA funds were used to successfully conduct the project. List any presentations or publications resulting from the funded research.  Please email the final report to the RMS GSA section Secretary by March of the year following funding.
  6. Students who have received an award are strongly encouraged to present their results at a Rocky Mountain Section GSA meeting.

The student should expect funding up to $750.

The award may not be used to pay salary, buy personal software, or attend a professional meeting such as GSA.  Appropriate use of funds includes purchasing field or lab supplies, paying for expenses related to field work, paying for sample analyses, etc.  Priority will be given to students who have not previously received an undergraduate research grant for RMS-GSA.

The proposal should follow this sequence:

  1. Complete the online application.
    (Download sample application/worksheet).
  2. Description of Proposed Research.
    Present a brief (maximum of 2 pages, including figures) description of the proposed project, including research question(s) to be addressed, methods, analyses, and schedule for proposed activities. Applicants must use 12-point font (Arial, Times New Roman) with 1-inch margins at the top and bottom, and pages numbered consecutively. A list of references should be provided and will not count toward the 2-page limit. The budget and budget justification do not count toward the 2-page limit. Upload to the online application in the Project Upload area (PDF or Word only).
  3. Itemized budget.
    Provide an itemized budget using the format listed below.
    Budget Category $ Requested $ Other Source Total Budget
    Research-related Travel      
    Lodging      
    Meals      
    Transportation/mileage      
    Supplies & Equipment      
    Other (please specify)      
    Total Project Budget      
  4. Budget Justification.
    Provide a detailed budget justification. Include rationale for proposed costs. Upload the budget and budget justification to the online application in the “Budget Upload” area (PDF or Word only).
  5. Your project supervisor will be contacted requesting they complete an appraisal form in the online application system. Please make sure your supervisor is aware that they must do this in order for your proposal to be considered.

Questions should be directed to the GSA Rocky Mountain section secretary.

Travel Grants

The GSA Foundation has awarded $4,500 to each of the six GSA sections. The money, when combined with equal funds from the sections, is used to assist both undergraduate and graduate student members of GSA.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for a travel grant…

  1. You must be a Student Member of GSA.
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  2. You must be registered for the meeting before you can apply for a grant.
  3. You must complete the online Travel Grant Application Form (link and deadline available from appropriate meeting announcement).
  4. Priority is given to those whose membership affiliation is with the Rocky Mountain Section.
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  5. Priority is given to those enrolled in an institution within the Rocky Mountain Section (see boundaries).
  6. Priority will be given to presenters of papers (or posters).

Checks will be mailed to you after the meeting. You must check in at the registration desk to show ID. Checks will not be mailed to you if you did not check in during the meeting.

Notification of grant status will be made prior to the cancellation deadline, so if your attendance is dependent on receipt of a travel grant and you do not receive it, you may obtain a full registration refund. August 19 is the deadline.

Please contact the RM Section Secretary with any questions.