South-Central Section

Student Grants

SC Travel Grants  |  SC Research Grants


The GSA Foundation has awarded $4,500 to each of the six GSA sections for student travel grants. In order to qualify for these grants, you must be a student member of the South-Central Section of GSA. The money, when combined with equal funds from the sections, is used to assist both undergraduate and graduate student members of GSA. The South-Central Section usually makes awards of up to $200.

Students: In order to be considered for a travel grant, you must:

  1. be the senior author and presenter of the paper;
  2. be a current student member of South Central section of GSA
    Not a member? JOIN / RENEW
  3. be attending an institution in the SC Section or presenting research from the area of the SC Section (see boundaries);
  4. be registered for the meeting BEFORE YOU APPLY; and
  5. apply using the online Travel Grant Application Form (go to "Students & ECPs" page on the South-Central Section Meeting website or annual meeting website—available during the pre-registration period only).
  6. 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.


Proposal Deadline: 1 April

The South-Central Section of the Geological Society of America offers competitive undergraduate research grants to students enrolled in institutions of higher education in the South-Central Section and who are student members of the Geological Society of America.

Students and applications must meet the following criteria:

  • The student must be enrolled at an institution within the South Central Section (see boundaries).
  • The student must be a student member of the South Central Section of GSA.
    Not sure? Check your membership status.
    Not a Member? Join or Renew.
  • The online application will be available beginning 15 January and must be completed no later than 1 April. Funding decisions will be made 30 April, with funds being mailed to successful applicants by 15 May.
  • Funded students are expected to expend the funds as stated in the proposal; return any unexpended funds to the Section Secretary; and submit a one-page-maximum written report of the research and disposition of funds to the Section Secretary within three months of completion of the project.

The proposal should follow this sequence:

  1. Complete the online application.
    (Download sample application/worksheet.)
  2. Proposal narrative.
    This will include the purpose and significance of the proposal research, and the methods employed to complete the research. (Recommended length of the narrative is 1-2 pages). Upload to the online application in the Project Upload area (PDF or Word only).
  3. Itemized budget.
    Please include information on all additional sources of funding for the project, including previous and pending sources of funding. Upload to the online application in the Budget Upload area (PDF or Word only).
  4. Your project supervisor will be contacted requesting they complete a recommendation 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 South Central Section Secretary.