Southeastern Section

Student Grants

Travel Grants  |  Grad Student Research  |  Undergrad Student Research  |  Congressional Visits Days

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: 15-16 September 2020, 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 2020. Notification of decisions will be made by 20 August 2020.

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. Application information is available from the "Students & ECPs" page on the Section meeting website or annual meeting website 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.


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. Students must be enrolled in an institution within the Southeastern Section.

Undergraduate Student Research Grants

Proposal Deadline: 1 April

The Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America offers competitive undergraduate research grants to students enrolled in institutions of higher education in the Southeastern 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 Southeastern Section [see boundaries]
  • The student must be a student member of GSA.
    Not sure? Check your membership status.
    Not a Member? Join or Renew.
  • The online application must be completed during the application period ending 1 April. Funding decisions will be announced 1 June with funds being mailed to successful applicants in early July.
  • Funded students are expected to expend the funds as stated in the proposal; return any unexpended funds to the Section Secretary
  • The Applicants should have the goal of presenting their funded research results at a Southeastern Section or GSA Annual meeting.
  • Funding generally does not exceed ~$1000.

The proposal should follow this sequence:

  1. Complete the online application.
    (Download sample application/worksheet).
  2. Proposal narrative.
    This must include 1) Descriptive Title, 2) Objective, 3) Significance, and 4) Methods Used. Please note format: maximum of 1000 words: minimum 10pt font; maximum of four pages double-spaced, including any tables, figures, and bibliography. If this limit is exceeded the application will be disqualified. This will be uploaded to the online application using the Project Upload and should be in a PDF or Word document format.
  3. Itemized budget.
    Please include a table of all potential sources of funds, prior or pending funding, and a brief (1-2 sentences maximum) justification of each item. This will be uploaded to the online application using the Budget Upload and should be in a PDF, Word or Excel document format. Funding generally does not exceed ~$1000.
  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 Southeastern Section Secretary.