The role of the Discovery Fund is to stimulate the education of potential economic geologists. The Foundation's goal is to expand and to significantly increase funding for the three student-support programs (Student Research Grants, Student Field Trips, and Graduate Student Fellowship Program), "To encourage and develop a new generation of economic geologists."
Contributions to the Discovery Fund will not become part of the SEGF endowment, thereby permitting the fund to be drawn down in its entirety over the five-year period. Unspent fund balances will be invested for growth in a readily identifiable subaccount within the Foundation's investment portfolio, and funds will be disbursed as recommended by appropriate advisory committees (e.g., the SEGF Student Grants Committee, and others as required).
The Discovery Fund provides financial support to a new generation of economic geologists who have not yet, or are just now, discovering the fascinating and exciting world of economic geology. The objective is to greatly expand and sustain SEGF's core student programs—Student Research Grants, Student Field Trips, and Graduate Student Fellowship Program—by raising sufficient funds to significantly increase the SEGF's student program and sustain the higher level of support for our future.
There are many ways that you can contribute, including a meaningful onetime donation, a pledge to provide a lower level of support annually over a five-year period, and through company matching programs.
You know who you are and why you have been successful. It is time to give something back, and there is no better way than through the SEGF's student support program. You also know who else has been successful—challenge them to match your contribution. It is our time; now it is our turn.