Sand Student Research Presentation Travel Award

Association for Women Geoscientists

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Grant amount: US $500

Anticipated deadline: Aug 10, 2020

Applicant type: Graduate Student Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Conference

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Gender restriction: Female

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This competitive award provides women geoscience students with support to present their research at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America.

This travel award is named for Virginia (Ginny) Sand (1928-2007), an award-winning geoscience teacher and world traveler. Ginny graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in geology, and she spent three decades teaching geoscience at Kent State University after obtaining her MA. Her many activities supporting AWG included serving as editor of Gaea (1988-1991). Her travel destinations ranged from the Galapagos Islands to Iceland and, at the age of 76, included a journey to Antarctica.

The award is to be used to help defray travel, lodging, registration fee, and other expenses associated with the presentation of the awardee’s research at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America including but not exclusive to sessions sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The applicant must be currently enrolled in a BA, BS, Masters, or PhD program or the equivalent, and the major or field of specialization must be in geoscience or a closely related discipline.
  • She must be presenting research results in oral or poster format at a national or international professional geoscience meeting other than the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America.
  • She must be the presenting author of the abstract.