Field Camps
Sponsored by the SEG Foundation

Field camps are an interactive way to provide real world training to students beyond what can be taught in the classroom.

The SEG Field Camp program is intended to advance the science of geophysics and support aspiring geoscientists by providing critical funding for projects that promote the professional development, student support, and youth outreach goals of the SEG. Applicants from around the world are encouraged to apply. The Field Camp program provides grants ranging from $1,000-$20,000 annually per project (depending on available funding).

The committee uses a 3-year, US$30,000 funding request cap for all repeat applicants. This means all applicants who plan to apply for funding in consecutive years should plan to request no more than a total of $30,000 over a 3-year period. For example, if an applicant requests US$20,000 the first year, they would not be allowed to request more than a total of US$10,000 for the following two years. Since this is a request cap, the amount actually awarded by the committee has no bearing on the cap. Any applicant that uses up the US$30,000 cap in two years will not be allowed to apply for the third year, but may reapply the following year when the cap is reset for the next 3-year period. If you have any questions about how the request cap works, please email us at fieldcamps@seg.org and we will make every effort to help clarify.

Timeline

Field Camp grant applications are available now at http://seg.org/apply

The application deadline is 1 February 2019 at 11:45 p.m. (CST, Houston time), no exceptions.

Applicants who would like feedback from a former field camp grant committee member who has volunteered to help applicants strengthen their applications, may request feedback by emailing us at fieldcamps@seg.org. If you would like feedback, you must complete a draft of your application by 10 January 2019. The reader will provide the feedback to you in time to update your application and submit it by the 1 February deadline, but you must submit your request by 10 January.

Applications will be reviewed by the Field Camp Committee in February and March. Decisions will be announced in April and funds will be released when completed award packets are received.

To apply, click on Apply Now, create an account in the software (if you do not already have one), and select 2019 SEG Field Camp Grant Application. 

Eligibility

  1. Proposed field camp projects must have an impact on the geophysical profession or students of the geosciences.
  2. Awards will not exceed US$20,000. Most funding awarded will be less than US$20,000 to help ensure available funding for a broader base of applicants. A 3-year, US$30,000 funding request cap is applied to all repeat applicants.
  3. Any funding award which is not used for the purpose outlined in the proposal must be returned to the SEG, unless written permission is received to change the scope of the original project request.
  4. Any funds not accounted for with invoices or receipts must be returned to the SEG.
  5. Evaluation of the field camp project is required. An evaluation report must be received by the SEG Business Office within 60 days of the last day of the project.
  6. Funds may not be utilized for administrative, overhead, or indirect costs.
  7. The grant application may be submitted and the field camp led by students, but a letter showing faculty commitment is also required.

Review Criteria

These are the primary criteria that will be used by the Special Projects Review Committee and the SEG to review and prioritize qualifying projects:

  1. What is the geoscientific and educational merit of the proposed activity?
  2. How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within applied geophysics, broadly defined?
  3. How well qualified is the applicant (individual or team) to conduct the project?
  4. To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts?
  5. How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity?
  6. Is there sufficient access to resources?
  7. What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?
  8. How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding?
  9. How well does the activity promote teaching, training, and learning?
  10. How well does the proposed activity broaden the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g. gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)?
  11. To what extent will the activity enhance the infrastructure for research and education, such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships?
  12. Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding?
  13. What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to society?

Scoring

  1. Applications must include time-framed and measurable objectives.
  2. Applications must clearly define a health, safety, and environmental plan for the project.
  3. Applications must clearly describe methods of financial and programmatic accountability.
  4. Applications must clearly describe how the project relates to the mission of the SEG by advancing geophysics today and/or inspiring geoscientists for tomorrow.
  5. Applications must specify the purpose for which SEG funds will be utilized and describe how the project will verify and report that funds have been expended in the manner requested and approved.
  6. Applications must describe how the project will publicly recognize the support of SEG.
  7. Applications should address whether the project can proceed with partial funding. NOTE: The program is not intended to fully fund an entire project. Applicants should have other funding sources to support a project.

Applications are scored according to the following criteria:

Geoscientific Merit 25 points
Educational Merit 25 points
Broader Impact 20 points
Program Plan Evaluation 20 points
Organizational Capacity 10 points
Health, Safety, Security and Environment Plan Plans are evaluated as Satisfactory, Requires Additional Clarification, or Unacceptable
Project Budget and Financial Accountability Plans are evaluated as Satisfactory, Requires Additional Clarification, or Unacceptable

 

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