SEGS Student Research/Field Work Grant Opportunity

Grant Overview: The Southeastern Geological Society (SEGS) is pleased to announce a competition for student research/field work grant awards. The purpose of the awards is to promote greater understanding of Southeastern U.S. geology through student research and/or field work. Grants are available on an application merit basis to any student, undergraduate or graduate, enrolled at any accredited University or College in Florida, Georgia, or Alabama.

For this competition, the SEGS has allocated grant awards of $1,000 for an undergraduate student applicant and $2,000 for a graduate student applicant. Awards are targeted for expenditures such as (but not restricted to) field work, research travel, laboratory analyses, research materials, etc.; they are not intended to fund indirect/overhead costs or wages.

Applications must be postmarked on or before a deadline of June 30, 2018 and be sent to the Awards Chairman at the below address. Applications will be reviewed by an SEGS Grant Awards Committee and judged based on the following criteria: 1) merit of proposed research/field work, 2) clarity of expression, and 3) strength of recommendation letter from a college faculty sponsor. All applicants meeting requirements will be acknowledged by email and provided the current, plus one free year of SEGS membership (up to a $60 value). Following SEGS Executive Committee approval, awardee(s) will be notified, identified on our SEGS website, and sent check(s) by August 31, 2018.

It is expected that, during or after completion, awardee(s) will present their research/field work in the form of: 1) a brief article to be published in an SEGS Newsletter or Guidebook and/or 2) a presentation at an SEGS meeting. In the event of the latter, the student’s pre-approved travel expenses to the meeting, e.g., flight, rental car or mileage, meals, and lodging, shall be reimbursed, and associated field trip fee waived by the SEGS, up to a $400 value.

SEGS awarded UF PhD graduate student Derrick Vaughn our 2017 Student Research/Field Work Grant – $2,000, plus free SEGS membership through 2018. Mr. Vaughn provided a compelling summary of his project regarding carbon sequestration by mangroves and marshes on Florida’s Gulf and Atlantic coasts in response to climate change. His application was accompanied by an excellent letter of recommendation from UF Professor Thomas S. Bianchi.

Application Requirements:

The application is intended to be brief; thus, items 1 thru 4 below (combined) are limited to two pages (minimum 12-point font). Item 5 is sponsor preference. The application must include:

  1. title of research project and/or field work;
  2. name, address, email, and phone number of applicant;
  3. current college status (where enrolled, major/degree program, GPA, and anticipated graduation date);
  4. research and/or field work description, including why it is interesting or important, and how, when, and where the work will take place; graduate student applicants are strongly encouraged to include a budget indicating how the award is intended to be spent; and
  5. a reference letter from a faculty sponsor who vouches for applicant qualifications and interest or importance of the work.

Applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2018 and sent to:

Andrew Lawn, M.S., P.G., Awards Chairman
Southeastern Geological Society, Inc.
PO Box 1636
Tallahassee, Florida 32302


2018 Winter/Spring Newsletter

Headlines Include:

  • Message from the President
  • Research Update from SEGS 2017 Student Research/Field Work Grant Awardee, Derrick Vaughn,
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida
  • Revenge of the Lake Wales Ridge Sand Pits
  • Geology of Western Cuba
  • Cuba Travel Log, by Julie Zydek
  • Manuel A. Iturralde-Vinent awarded life-membership to SEGS

Download the Newsletter:

pdf2018 Winter-Spring Newsletter (511 KB)

SandFest 2018 – Save the Date

SEGS is a proud co-sponsor of SandFest 2018. Join us September 20-24, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida for the International Sand Collectors Society Conference. Activities include presentations, workshops, field trips, sand trading and more.

Registration is open through July 31st: Register for SandFest

For more information, including Call for Presentations instructions, visit the SandFest website.


SEGS Logo Shirt Opportunity!

Hey all, SEGS member Scott Nyoff has graciously offered to have our calcite crystal logo embroidered on the front or breast pocket of any shirt(s) that you mail to him with a $12 check per shirt, which includes his cost to mail back to you (SEGS paid the $50 set-up charge). Please take advantage of this offer right away so we can be wearing our colors on field trips.

Mail your shirts with $12 each to:
Scott H. Nyhof, PG, CPG
Senior Project Geologist
Madrid Engineering Group, Inc.
2030 State Road 60 East, Bartow, FL 33830
863. 533.9007 (office)
863. 450.8544 (cell)