Southeastern Section

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Student 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. Please contact the Section Secretary for more information.

Geosciences Congressional Visits Day Graduate Student Representative

The Southeastern Section of GSA would like to support one of its graduate student members to participate in this fall's Geosciences Congressional Visits Day (GEO-CVD). This is an annual event sponsored by GSA in conjunction with other Earth science societies, to increase the visibility of and support for the geosciences in Congress. Participants in GEO-CVD have an opportunity to meet with members of their state’s congressional delegation and staff from congressional committees that have jurisdiction over geoscience issues. GSA makes it easy for you to go on a Congressional visit. GSA staff will create a schedule for you and arrange your training.

Event Details

Additional information is available
from Kasey White,

When: 12-13 September 2018, Geosciences Congressional Visits Day
Travel support: Up to $1500 is available from the section in travel and lodging support for the student during their stay in Washington, D.C.

To apply:
Please email a brief statement (in body of email) describing why you would like to represent the Southeastern Section for this opportunity, and attach a brief CV (2 page maximum), including institution and advisor contact info, to Blair Tormey,, by 10 August 2018. Notification of decisions will be made by 20 August 2018.

Travel Grants

The Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America is pleased to offer support for the cost of student travel to SE Section Meetings as well as GSA Annual Meetings. All eligible students will receive some support, the amount depending on the number of applicants. Grants are normally in the $100 range.


  1. The student must be enrolled in an institution within the Southeastern Section and must be a student member or a member of the Geological Society of America (join now or renew).
  2. The student must personally present the paper (or poster) even though the paper may have co-authors.
  3. The student must be registered for the meeting before applying.
  4. The online Travel Grant Application Form must be completed by the specified deadline for that meeting. The application form is available from the "Students" page on the appropriate meeting announcement during the pre-registration period.
  5. Grant recipients must check in onsite at the GSA Registration Desk in person with photo ID. Checks are mailed after the meeting. If you don't check in at the meeting, the check will be voided.
    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.
  6. Each applicant will be informed by email before the cancellation deadline regarding their application status.
  7. 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 section meeting.

Contact Blair Tormey, Secretary, SEGSA,, with any questions about the travel grant program.

Research Grants

Graduate Students

Applications for SE Grad Student Grants must be mailed to:
Dr. Elizabeth McClellan
Department of Geology
Radford University
Box 6939
Radford, VA 24142

You are no longer required to send a separate GRANT PROPOSAL to the section.  However, you do have to complete and submit the SE APPLICATION FORM if you want your proposal considered by the Section. The deadline for submission is 1 February, the same as that of the grant proposal. The grants are competitive and will be awarded in late May.


Undergraduate Students

The Southeastern Section offers competitive undergraduate student research grants. Grants are awarded in early July.
Click here for the SE Undergrad Research Grant Application.

Applications for undergrad research grants must be mailed to:
Dr. Elizabeth McClellan
Department of Geology
Radford University
Box 6939
Radford, VA 24142

To be considered for a research grant:

  1. The application must be POSTMARKED no later than 1 April.  Other forms of submission are not acceptable.
  2. The application must include proof of GSA membership (e.g. copy of member card).
  3. The application must be written on a current SEGSA research grant form.
  4. The applicant must include the requirement for letters of recommendation.
  5. The student must include documentation of enrollment in an institution within the Southeastern Section.