Geosciences at Virginia Tech

Support Geosciences

A message from Jenny Orzolek and an invitation to be part of something special!

As we prepare for a future in which the College of Science at Virginia Tech is a national leader in scholarship and the teaching of science, we are educating students and building knowledge for a world that is increasingly global, entrepreneurial and ever more reliant on technology and science. These times demand scientists who can push the boundaries, go beyond what is expected and engage in "out of the box" thinking to stay ahead of the constant change of today's world. The College of Science takes on the task of creating these leaders and encouraging their intellectual growth with a deep understanding of their importance in this rapidly changing world.

Virginia Tech's Department of Geosciences is known world-wide. Our faculty members are discovering cutting-edge technologies and creating innovative solutions. They are successfully collaborating, reaching across the disciplines and building partnerships with industry to produce results — results that impact society, improve lives and ultimately make the world a better place.

To accomplish our goals — to achieve Virginia Tech President Charles Steger's hope of becoming one of this nation's top research institutes and through that a top institute for graduate and undergraduate education — we need your support. Virginia Tech receives less than a third of its funding from the state of Virginia. To face the new challenges of today's global marketplace with increased competition for funds and students, we need you — business leaders, government officials, individual citizens, and alumni — to make a gift for our present and our future.

If you would like to consider a gift to the Department of Geosciences, currently there is financial need especially for undergraduate scholarships and fellowships. Additionally, there are opportunities for including funding for field studies and research, graduate scholarships and fellowships, endowed chairs for faculty, laboratories for research and teaching including our Geosciences Museum. Giving to the Department of Geosciences is easy. You may include a brief note stating how you would like your gift to be used. Please note that Kenneth Eriksson, Chair of Geosciences, would be happy to work with you to determine the best use of your gift. You may choose to contribute in any of the following ways:

  • Write a check made payable to the Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc. and earmarked to Geosciences.
  • Visit and make a gift online using a secure website.
  • Call +1.540.231.2551 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • We also accept gifts of appreciated stock or gifts made through electronic funds transfer. Please call us to make arrangements.

And don't forget that you may be able to double or triple your gift to VT through your employer's matching gift program! Whatever you do, please give. Your gift truly does make an impact.

The Department of Geosciences will use these funds for graduate student fellowships, undergraduate scholarships, and various program initiatives. We are also seeking special funds to construct a new Geosciences building and establish chaired faculty positions. For information about estate planning, special gifts, or anything else, please contact Jenny Orzolek, Assistant Director of Development for the College of Science, at +1.540.231.2551. Thank you for your support.

Geosciences Scrapbook

Professor Emeritus Wally Lowry at a department social in 1985.