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Thanks to all the alumni who donated to the 2018 crowdfunding effort, which surpassed the target! With those funds we purchased quality radios for each student mapping team to carry in the field for safety purposes, as well as some additional Brunton compasses and other items needed to supply Field Camp. 2018 and 2019 were the first two years where students carried the radios, and we were able to address injuries (thankfully, all minor!) and to radio instructions when there were weather issues such as lightning. In 2019 we started another crowdfunding effort to raise money for a seismometer to use for geophysics field training. Some funds were raised, but we've put a hold on that effort so that we can restart it at a better time.
COVID-19 unfortunately caused the cancellation of the 2020 Field Camp - the first year in many decades without the course. However, several of our faculty members are stepping up to the plate and rapidly developing a virtual mapping course. More than a dozen of our seniors were relying on Field Camp to fulfill their graduation requirements, and this virtual alternative will allow them to do so. We also plan to use the virtual version to provide advanced mapping courses for students in the future who are unable to participate in Field Camp. Rest assured, though, that we intend to resume standard Field Camp in 2021, assuming the pandemic is under control by then.
Your donation to UB Geology provides the next generation of geoscientists with the opportunity to study geology through real world experience, using the latest technology to help advance the field and further our reputation as one of the leading schools in the discipline.
We are honored to accept donations that go towards facilitating education and progress via research, academia, and achievement. Donations to UB Geology, whatever the amount, are very much appreciated and endlessly valuable. Our students, faculty, researchers, and staff all thank you for your support!