Thank you Geology alumni and friends for your generous and growing support! You have helped to improve teaching and learning opportunities for both students and faculty, and helped us to fulfill our mission of inspiring students to be lifelong contributors to the profession of Geology. For example, because of your financial support and advice we have:

  • Provided many undergraduate and graduate students with scholarship assistance, including assistance with geology field camp, thesis research, and tuition
  • Created an undergraduate field assistant program that provides undergraduates with important field experience and assists graduate students in their research
  • Hosted excellent guest lecturers in our Distinguished Lecturer Series
  • Constructed a world-class Optically-Stimulated-Luminescence (OSL) geochronology laboratory
  • Purchased an Inductively-Coupled-Plasma-Mass-Spectrometer (ICPMS)
  • Established a stable isotope laboratory
  • Created a Geology Museum
  • Are in the process of building the Donald W. Fiesinger Petrology laboratory

The Department of Geology at Utah State has a number of scholarships that directly support undergraduate and graduate students (see below!). All of your gifts are extremely valuable for advancing our mission. For further information on giving to the Department, please contact:

Jim Evans, Department of Geology    (435) 797-1267


USU Geology Scholarships

Benchmark Fund - This fund assists graduate students with tuition and other costs associated with obtaining their degrees.

John M. Branch Memorial Scholarship – In memory of alumnus John Branch, this scholarship provides assistance to a student who has demonstrated an interest and aptitude in geology.

Donald W. Fiesinger Award - This award was developed to honor Don's many contributions to the Department of Geology and College of Science.  The award is given to a graduating senior who has made outstanding contributions to the department's activities and programs.

Geoscholar Fund - The Fund supports undergraduate students in their junior and senior years. The Geoscholar Fund enables the department to recruit and graduate talented students.

Clyde T. Hardy Memorial Field Camp Scholarship - In memory of longtime faculty member Clyde Hardy, this endowment provides scholarship support for USU geology students to attend field camp.

Peter T. Kolesar ScholarshipThis scholarship was developed to honor Peter’s many contributions to the Department of Geology and its students.  The scholarship is awarded to upper-division geology students in good standing, particularly those experiencing financial need. 

Peter R. McKillop Memorial Scholarship – An endowment in memory of Peter, this provides support for a graduate student who, in addition to interest in the earth sciences, has demonstrated an interest or aptitude in other fields, such as the arts, humanities, or music.

Robert Q. Oaks, Jr. Memorial Scholarship - The Robert Q. Oaks, Jr. Scholarship was developed to recognize Bob’s dedication and excellence in teaching and challenging all his students.

David Rider Memorial Scholarship – Established in memory of David by his family, this award is given to an undergraduate geology student and is based on GPA and financial need.

Thomas A. Riemondy Memorial Scholarship – In memory of an alumnus, this is awarded to a nonresident student majoring in geology.

Kim R. Robeson Memorial Fund – Provides support for non-class-related field trips, including trips organized by student groups.

Beryl O. and Tura H. Springer Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship benefits undergraduate or graduate geology students.

Summit Fund The Summit Fund was established to provide scholarship support for USU Geology students, and to honor the work of the late Craig B. Forster. 

J. Stewart Williams Graduate Fellowship – In memory of a former faculty member, department head, and graduate dean, this endowment provides support for summer research costs for graduate students.  


USU Giving Page Please be sure to specify the Department of Geology and the fund that you would like your contribution to go to.  Thank you very much!