Each summer GeoFORCE Texas takes over 300 high school students on spectacular geological field trips in Texas and throughout the United States. Taught by university faculty, research scientists, and area educators and mentored by professional geologists from our industry partners, the trips engage and empower students by exposing them to something completely different than their home and school environment.
GeoFORCE Texas believes that the world’s greatest resource is its young people and that the high achievers among them have a right to recognition and personal development. The purpose of GeoFORCE Texas is to inspire the next generation of geoscientists, foster increased diversity in the U.S. workforce, and create an increased awareness of the importance of the geosciences in the communities the program serves. Student learning is achieved by providing interactive opportunities for critical thinking through hands-on field experiences and coursework. GeoFORCE Texas encourages individual social responsibility among individuals and lays the groundwork for intelligent decision-making in the future.
In March 2015, President Barack Obama awarded GeoFORCE Texas the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The White House awards the recognition to individuals and organizations whose crucial goal is to provide mentoring in the personal and academic development of students actively studying math and science. A White House press release and a UT Austin press release are available for more information.
On average, the Jackson School of Geosciences' GeoFORCE program spends $65,000 on each field academy. In 2019, we supported 9 field trips and one Math and Science Institute--taking students to the Texas Gulf Coast, Desert Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and right here on campus at the University of Texas - Austin. Funds donated during the 2019 GeoFORCE HornRaiser will primarily support the Transition to College initiative, including admissions workshops, college preparatory programming, semester meet-ups, etc. They will also be used to supplement the 9th - 12th grade academies currently supported by our corporate sponsors in the oil and gas industry.
Commit to changing a life in 2019. Your financial gift will help improve the diversity of the field of geosciences and pave a way for minority students who aspire to explore STEM careers. "What starts here, changes the WORLD." Hook 'em Horns!