Join The Challenge: The Austin Endowment For Student Travel

As AGU’s Centennial is approaching and we look beyond, the strong commitment of AGU members and donors is needed now to ensure that the Earth and space science community is prepared to tackle the mounting global challenges in the 21st century.

We have a unique opportunity to act right now. As an example of AGU member’s commitment to future scientists, Jamie Austin, a Senior Research Scientist and AGU Development Board Member, recently pledged a $1 million challenge grant to support student travel to our Fall Meetings. This is the level of giving that is essential to help AGU build the next generation of Earth and space scientists. Your commitment to help meet this challenge will inspire others to give generously to AGU as we embrace the future talent needed in the Earth and space sciences. The Austin Challenge is a 1:1 match up to $1 million for every gift received and will create the Austin Endowment for Student Travel. The endowment will significantly increase the number of students who will be able to attend the Fall Meetings. When fully funded, its corpus of $2 million will fund the attendance of an additional 90+ students.

Click here to learn more from Jamie about his reason for creating this important “investment” in our shared future. We hope that you will make a gift in support of this challenge. Please keep in mind that your gift of $50 or more will also help to increase our Section’s ability to receive an AGU Section Incentive Award. 

Read more about the Challenge and make your donation here.