Geological Sciences
Eddie Allen Williamson

Williamson Family Geology Endowment

In lieu of flowers, the Williamson family humbly requests that donations be made to the University of Missouri Geological Sciences Department Williamson Family Geology Endowment. Eddie's unwavering dedication and tireless efforts as the longest standing member of the Geology Alumni Development Board have left an indelible mark on the Department, benefiting students, faculty, and staff alike. We are immensely grateful for his remarkable contributions, which will continue to support the Department and its endeavors in his memory.

Geology Alumni Endowment Fund

Geology Alumni Endowment Fund

As this endowed fund builds, it will provide unrestricted general program support for the Department of Geological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science.  When the fund corpus reaches $1,000,000, the endowment will be renamed the Geology Alumni Endowed Professorship and may be used for research support and equipment, professional development, teaching materials, travel, staff support, etc. The goal of this Professorship shall be to support faculty recruiting by attracting and retaining the finest faculty members and to support and to ensure the success of newly-hired professors. 

It is through the generosity and support from our alumni and friends that our commitments to strengthening our program and attracting new students and faculty have been made possible. Please consider donating to the Geology Alumni Endowment Fund so that we may continue to offer unique opportunities to generations of geologists to come.

Geology Faculty Enhancement Endowment

The purpose of this fund is to encourage and reward excellence in teaching and research in the Department of Geological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science. The award is given annually to the top ranked faculty member(s) in accordance with the performance rankings established by the Department of Geological Science Advisory Committee.

Jesse Hall

Geology Faculty Retention Awards

As the Geological Science Department faces budgetary challenges, it is important to reflect on what makes our Department a cut above the rest. Without a doubt, our people are our most valuable asset to the future of the Department. The Geology Faculty Retention Awards recognizes the efforts of exceptional faculty who value the core commitments of the Department in terms of student engagement, learning, and significant contributions to scholarly endeavors. This award is used to retain our best faculty members.

By fostering a community of active, innovative, and passionate people our Department will be better prepared to solve emerging problems in the face of a changing world.

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Camp Branson Improvement Fund

Every summer since 1911 (with the sole exception of 2020), the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Missouri, Columbia has run our geology field camp at the site of the Branson Field Laboratory in the Wind River Range near Lander, Wyoming. In 2014, the field camp program was awarded the GSA/ExxonMobil Field Camp Excellence Award in recognition of safety awareness, diversity and technical excellence. This award-wining program plays a central role in delivering a unique field experience to geology students not only from our program, but for students from schools across the U.S. During this 6-week program students are able to experience concepts learning from coursework and apply them in practice across a broad array of fields from geologic mapping and structural analysis, to sedimentary facies analysis, surface and groundwater hydrogeology, and shallow reflection and refraction seismology.

Donations to the Camp Branson Improvement Fund will assist in providing support for the benefit of instruction at the MU geology field camp including stipends, travel expenses, faculty support, scholarship awards, supplies, instructional materials, and more. With your support we will continue our endeavor to deliver a fieldwork component to our curriculum that will provide students with the transferable skills and real-world applications they need for a career in the geosciences.

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Geology Student Scholarship Fund

The Geology Student Scholarship Fund has been maintained by the generous donations made over the years by alumni and friends of the Department of Geological Sciences, including funds gifted by Dr. Glen Himmelberg and William D. Johns. These scholarship funds are available to both undergraduate and graduate students and may be used for one or more awards each year. Gifts to this fund will help to provide professional development or research opportunities to students in order to recruit and grow our undergraduate and graduate programs. 

Geological Sciences Development Gifts Fund

Established in 1980, the Geological Sciences Development Gifts Fund provides unrestricted support for the department and our geological sciences students. Your gift will help ensure our department endures as a place for scholars to grow and thrive.  



 Kristen Maier


Kristen Maier
Executive Director for Advancement
College of Arts and Science



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