Endowed Geology Department Funds

Alumni continue to support two remarkable funds that allow majors to travel to do research, experience the discipline in the field or other labs, and to attend and present at conferences. We greatly appreciate the work and lives of the individuals honored by the funds as well as those who generously contribute to these funds. You make a real difference in the educational experience of many students.

The Samuel J. Kozak-Odell S. McGuire-Edgar W. Spencer-Frederick L. Schwab Geology Award
The Samuel Kozak, Edgar Spencer, Odell McGuire, and Frederick Schwab Endowed Geology Fund was created by alumni in 2001 to honor the memory and careers of the four long-serving members of the Geology Dept. The purpose of the permanently endowed fund is to provide financial support to geology students to travel to professional meetings, to prepare publications, and to present the results of their research to the technical community. Students have been able to attend and present at GSA, AGU, and AAPG conferences each year since the fund was set up.  Almost all student research in the department is partially supported by this fund.

R. Preston Hawkins IV Geology Award
The Hawkins Fund was established in 2008 by family, friends, and colleagues to memorializes Preston Hawkins '91. He loved geology field work as a student and spent his career as a field geologist. The Fund is permanently endowed and provides financial assistance to geology students conducting field research project or working as a field assistant to a faculty member. Recent recipients of the Hawkins Award have conducted field research in the Appalachians, Belize, Rockies, Andes, Belize, and Connecticut River Valley.

Edgar W. Spencer '53 Geology Field Research Fund
The Edgar W. Spencer '53 Geology Field Research Fund was established in in 2018 in Quinn T. Kiley '95 to provide support for student field research under the supervision of W&L geology professors. The Fund was created to honor Dr. Spencer, an alum and long-time faculty member and chair of the Geology Department, and to recognize the transformative experience Washington and Lee University provided Mr. Kiley during his time as an undergraduate majoring in geology. The first award was received by Chantal Iosso '20 in 2019 for field research she will be undertaking for her honors thesis. Chantal will use modeling and field surveys of river sediment and flow properties to explore how the Maury River geometry, banks and sediment transport respond to removal of the Jordan's Point Dam.

If you would like to know more about these funds or how to contribute, please contact Lisa Greer, Head of the Geology Dept.