Alumni Board Scholarships
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences Advisory Board Scholarship program was set up by departmental alumni and friends in 2018 to provide support for current EPS Geology and Geology & Environmental Studies (GES) undergraduate students and Geology graduate students. There are two types of scholarships: (1) Financial Need or Hardship Scholarship, and (2) General Scholarship. Awards are typically in the range of $500 to $1,000.
Student Success Fund Summary of Policies and Procedures
The Student Success Fund (SSF; formerly the Discretionary Fund) is used primarily to support research and educational activities for students in the UT Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS). This includes funds for research for graduate thesis research, undergraduate research projects, and travel for conferences and workshops. Funds are also provided for special needs (such as for non-course related student field trips).
Requests for SSF money should be sent to the Chair of the Student Success Fund Committee, Prof. Bradley Thomson (email@example.com). In the case of travel to a professional meeting at which the student is presenting (section 1 below), the SSF Chair can approve the funds directly. All other requests are sent to the entire Committee for a vote. The Head of the Department also has the authority to award Student Success Funds in accordance with the Departmental Bylaws.
Student recipients should be aware that Federal regulations govern how fellowships and scholarships are administered at UT. Specifically, these EPS Advisory Board scholarship funds are processed through UT’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. The Financial Aid office may combine this award with any other financial aid and the amount of other financial aid may be reduced. Also, if a recipient has unpaid charges (e.g., fees), then the scholarship may be applied towards those outstanding charges before dispersing excess funds to the recipient. Questions or concerns can be directed to the associate department head.
EPS Field Geology Scholarships
There are three scholarships available to students attending the summer EPS Field Geology, and you will be able to apply for all three via one application.
To apply, please submit your information, in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include the following information in a single-spaced document, no more than two (2) pages long:
- Name and contact information
- Your current GPA (both geology and overall—do not include estimates of grades from this semester)
- Reasons why you feel yourself deserving of a scholarship (this should include need)
- The specific field course you plan to attend, and why
- What you anticipate achieving in your field geology course
Note: These written criteria are driven by the requirements of the individual scholarship sponsors, and are a MAJOR component of the selection criteria. The decisions will be made on how well you can articulate your responses, and not on GPA alone, so take your time to be clear and concise!
Acknowledgement of Support
Student Success Fund awards are possible only because of the generosity of EPS alumni, faculty, and friends who created the endowments that support this fund. In peer-reviewed publications that result from research supported by the SSF, support from the EPS Student Success Fund should be noted in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript. Students are encouraged to consider SSF awards as “loans” rather than “gifts.” Once you are actively employed after graduation, we hope that you’ll continue to support our EPS Department through annual giving, participation in departmental social activities, involvement in collaborations, hiring our students, etc.
How to apply
Are you interested in applying to The University of Tennessee and studying with us in the Earth and Planetary Sciences department? Here’s an easy how-to:
- Register for a GoVols account OR apply via CommonApp
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- Are you a transfer student? Here’s what you need to know.
- Are you an international student? Here’s what you need to know.
When you begin registering for classes, tell your advisor you want to pursue classes in Earth and Planetary Sciences. They will direct you to the appropriate course of study! If you want to browse our course now, feel free!