The Society of Exploration Geophysicist (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 is competitive, and applications are ranked according to scoring criteria. Field camps should maximize the impact of an SEG grant with no-cost equipment use from local companies and geophysical entities and should support their activities with other types of funding complementing the requested funds from SEG.
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.
Field Camp Application Timeline
The application deadline is 1 February 2024.
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 [email protected]. If you would like feedback, you must complete a draft of your application by 5 January. 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 5 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.
In order to apply you will need to create a Grantinterface account online (if you do not already have one), and select SEG Field Camp Grant Application. Start the process by clicking the APPLY NOW button on this page. Please note, the button is not available if we are not currently accepting applications.
“After taking part in the camp, I knew that I wanted to be a geophysicist and looked forward to learning more in the field.” Read moreRoman Petrokushyn – Kyiv SEG Student Chapter
Field Trip Funding Eligibility
NOTE: SEG Field Camps are expected to adhere to the SEG Health, Safety, Security, and Environment policy. Last year’s field camps encountered the following safety issues. Review the safety policy and supporting resources at the SEG Wiki.
- Proposed field camp projects must have an impact on the geophysical profession or students of the geosciences.
- Any funding award that 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.
- Any funds not accounted for with invoices or receipts must be returned to the SEG.
- 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.
- Funds may not be utilized for administrative, overhead, or indirect costs.
- The grant application may be submitted and the field camp led by students, but a letter showing faculty commitment is also required.
Field Trip Required Forms
Field Trip Application Review Criteria
These are the primary criteria, in no particular order, that will be used by the Field Camp Committee to review and prioritize qualified Field Camp applications:
- What is the geoscientific and educational merit of the proposed activity?
- Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding?
- Is the project’s health, safety, and environmental plan clearly defined and relevant?
- How well does the activity promote teaching, training, and learning?
- How well does the proposed activity broaden the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g. gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)?
- To what extent will the activity enhance the infrastructure for research and education, such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships?
- How well qualified is the applicant (individual or team) to conduct the project?
- How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity?
“I started participating in field camp during my undergraduate level. I was among the students who attended the field camp the first time it was organized in my institution. This was such a huge achievement for me to be one of the participants and was a great opportunity for me to interact with geophysical equipment.” Read articleDorothy Kanini Mwanzia – Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya
- Applications concisely address the questions with adequate detail and background.
- Applications must include time-framed and measurable objectives.
- 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.
- Applications must document partnerships with the local geophysical community. NOTE: The program is not intended to fully fund an entire project. Applicants should have other funding sources and partnerships to support a project.
- Applications must clearly describe how the project relates to the mission of the SEG by advancing geophysics today and/or inspiring geoscientists for tomorrow.
- Applications must describe how the project will publicly recognize the support of SEG.
Field Camp Poster Examples
Below are some examples of poster presentations prepared by participants in the SEG Field Camps.
- Al-Azhar University – Egypt
- Ensenada Center For Scientific Research and Higher Education – Mexico
- Eötvös Loránd University – Hungary
- Universitas Gadjah Mada – Indonesia
- Georgia Institute of Technology – South Carolina
- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Ghana
- Nnamdi Azikiwe University – Nigeria
- Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience (SAGE) – United States
- Colorado School of Mines – United States
- University of Naples, Federico II – Italy