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Giving back to the University is an important way to sustain the vitality of UMD's Geological Sciences program. Today's students benefit directly from scholarships and endowments held by the Department, which support students financially and allow them to take advantage of special field programs. You can make a difference by helping to support the next generation of UMD Geological Sciences students by contributing to one of the funds listed below.

We also have needs in other areas where you can help:

  • volunteering to give Departmental seminars
  • volunteering to meet with current students about career options
  • putting UMD on your company's recruiting list
  • providing financial support of our travel budget to bring in outside lecturers

For information on giving, please contact the department or the Development Director of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering.

If you wish to make a donation to the Department, please make a check payable to "UMD Geological Sciences". Mail to:

UMD Geological Sciences
229 Heller Hall
1114 Kirby Dr.
Duluth, MN 55812

Your Donations Help Support the Following Funds

Undergraduate Needs

Ralph W. Marsden Fund
Lempi M. & John W. Pagnucco

Field Camp Funds

Robert C. Bright
Robert L. Heller
Charlie Matsch
Lempi M. & John W. Pagnucco
"Rip" Rapp
Roderick Syck

Graduate Needs

James R. Frantes
Ralph W. Marsden
Randy Seeling

Unrestricted Funds

New Millennium Fund
Geology Research Fund

Robert C. Bright Fund

Robert Bright was an outstanding teacher of quaternary stratigraphy and paleo-ecology in the Department of Ecology on the Twin Cities Campus. He was also the state paleontologist and was instrumental in establishing the Wasatch-Unita Field Camp in 1967. He also served as the campus first director.

James R. Frantes Graduate Fellowship

Jim Frantes was a graduate student at UMD when he was diagnosed with cancer. He did not let that deter him from getting his degree. Not only did he finish his thesis while going through chemotherapy, he did research on his medical condition. Jim received his master's in 1987. This fund was established to recruit and retain graduate students for the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Minnesota Duluth. This graduate fellowship is a nonservice related award that will help a graduate student(s) pursue a field of geological study at UMD.

Robert L. Heller Fund

Robert Heller founded the Geology Department and was deeply involved in science education. He moved on from the geology department to become Chancellor of UMD. This fund provides general support for the geology field camp including scholarships.

Ralph and Ellen Marsden Scholarship Fund

Ralph Marsden was respected the world over as a scientist and person. He was chief geologist at U.S. Steel before joining the geology department in 1967. He was head of the Geology Department from 1967 to 1974 and retired from UMD in 1980. Annual distributions from this fund may be used for the Outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate Award Scholarships and to support other student needs and activities. Annual earnings must be used to benefit students in the Department of Geological Sciences.

Charlie Matsch Field Camp Fund

Charlie was a professor in the department from 1970-2001 specializing in glacial geology and geomorphology. Charlie also spent many summers instructing students at the Wasatch-Uinta field camp. This fund was established in honor of his retirement. It is meant to support undergraduate geological science majors through field camp and other scholarships, and to support the maintenance of a field geology program such as the Wasatch-Uinta Field Camp or accessibility to such a program for undergraduate geological science majors at UMD.

New Millennium Fund

This fund was established to support opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students within the Department of Geological Sciences including, but not limited to, travel support for field trips and geologic meetings, support for field work and laboratory analyses related to research projects and scholarship support for summer geology field camp and scholarships to attract desired graduate students to the department.

Lempi M. & John W. Pagnucco Fund

This fund was established by Lempi (Erickson) Pagnucco to provide full tuition scholarships to geology or mineralogy students at UMD, and funds permitting, to assist students wishing to attend geology field camp. Lempi and John were avid mineral collectors and a small part of their collection is displayed on the first floor of Heller Hall.

"Rip" Rapp Field Camp Fund

Rip was dean of the College of Arts and Science then the College of Science and Engineering at UMD from 1975-1989 before returning to the faculty to teach geoarchaeology and a popular course on dinosaurs. He became a Regents Professor in 1995 and retired in 2003. Money from this fund is used by the Geological Sciences Department for field camp scholarships, related field experience or field work by an undergraduate student.

Randy Seeling Fund

Randy Seeling was a graduate student in Geology at UMD and completed his Master's degree in 1977. He met an untimely death while touring Europe in May 1979. Each spring, this fund is used to provide an annual award to an outstanding graduate student.

Roderick Syck Field Camp Fund

Established by his family, in his memory, the Roderick Syck Fund awards the student with the highest achievement at field camp each summer.