"You can never pay back; but you can always pay forward." - Woody Hayes

The School of Earth Sciences (formerly the Department of Geology) relies on the generous support of our alumni and friends to provide programs, scholarships and facilities that enrich the experience of our students, provide life-changing opportunities, and enable world-changing discoveries. You can read about the impact of these gifts in our monthly newsletter. Please consider "Paying it Forward".

Links to the various SES funds are provided below. Please do not hesitate to contact the School Director with questions.


School of Earth Sciences Field Experience Travel Fund (641882) - Established September 18, 2009 with a gift from Mike and Cynthia Morgan; used to support Field Camp for students in the School of Earth Sciences.

Friends of Orton Hall (642307) - The Friends of Orton Hall gifts are distributed to students in support of degree research work. The Chairperson, on the recommendation of a faculty committee, authorizes distributions from this holding account to graduate and undergraduate students for assistance in thesis and dissertation expenses, travel expenses to meetings, etc.

Orton Museum Support Fund (308759) - This fund is used to support the Orton Geological Museum. Gifts are used to purchase specimens, displays, and equipment for the museum.

Geology Department Support Fund (302040) - Provides the Director with discretion to fund small but urgent academic and research priorities as well as the ability to host important community building events within Earth Sciences.

The Goldthwait Geology Fund (602635) - Established March 7, 1986, by Katherine D. and Richard P. Goldthwait, professor emeritus, geological sciences. Income provides scholarships to geological sciences majors or for other purposes deemed appropriate by the Department chair.

Kenneth 'K.O.' Stanley Field Travel Endowment Fund in Geology (666868) - Established November 7, 2008 with gifts from Judith Stanley and matching gifts from the Exxon Mobil Foundation in memory of Judith’s husband Kenneth O. Stanley; used for expenses for a non-traditional trip that represents an exceptional field learning opportunity for students and faculty.

Kresge Endowment Fund for Computer Visualization Laboratory in Geological Sciences (603820) - Established in 1995 with a grant from the Kresge Foundation and gifts from the Shell Oil Company and alumni. Income is used solely for the purchase of new and replacement equipment for the Kresge-Shell Computer Laboratory in the School of Earth Sciences.

Edmund M. Spieker Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund (606869) - Established in 1979 by gifts in honor of Edmund M. Spieker, former Chairperson and Professor of the Department of Geology; income is used to provide one or more scholarships in field geology.