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Austin Endowment for Student Travel

About the Austin Student Travel Endowment

In 2018, scientist and AGU Development Board member Jamie Austin made a commitment to the next generation of Earth and space science and urged the entire AGU community to join him, offering to match all donations to the Austin Student Travel Endowment up to the amount of $1 million.

Together, with your support and his generous donation, we were able to establish a permanent endowment towards supporting students attending AGU Fall Meetings. We thank all donors for your continued commitment to the future of science.

Students need your help!

The Austin Student Travel Endowment helps students in financial need share their research at Fall Meeting.

Ryan Haupt, 2016 Student Travel Grant Winner

Rising to the Challenge

Thanks to the AGU community for supporting the next generation of Earth and space scientists! Your contributions towards the Austin Student Travel Endowment show your investment in the future of Earth and space science. Thank you to everyone for taking part in this historic effort.

The impacts of your gift

Student travel grants are an investment in the future of the Earth and space sciences by helping to defray the costs of presenting for undergraduate and graduate students from around the world, students like Pilar Madrigal, whose travel grant made it possible for her to attend Fall Meeting and propel her career.

Donor support changes lives. Attending an AGU meeting as a student can be a transformational experience that builds confidence, grows perspective, and forges a new network of scientific peers. Financial support from AGU's travel grants increases opportunities for women, underrepresented minorities, and international students to attend Fall Meeting.

Thanks to the support of Jamie Austin and a community of dedicated donors contributing to the next generation of scientists, an endowment was established to help AGU reach its goal of giving every student the opportunity to attend Fall Meeting.


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