The GSSI Student Grant

This grant was established through the generosity of Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc. (GSSI) in order to support AGU’s Near-Surface Geophysics Section’s student scientists conducting field geophysical research using Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Electromagnetic (EM) methods.

It is important for the advancement of the Near Surface Geophysics Section to support student members with opportunities that allow them to advance their research and field work by receiving recognition and financial support.

Applications Open: 4 February 2019
Application Deadline: 1 May 2019 (deadline extended!)
Congratulations to the 2018 Winner!


  • Candidates must be actively enrolled in an undergraduate program and have completed at least four semesters towards their degree or be currently enrolled in a graduate program.
  • Applicants must be AGU student members and have designated Near-Surface as one of their AGU affiliations.
  • Applications must include field geophysical research using Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) or Electromagnetic (EM) methods
  • Those who do not win an award in any given year are eligible to apply again in subsequent years
  • U.S. citizenship is not a requirement to apply


The yearly grant will carry a cash award of up to $2,000. If funding exists, more than one award may be made in a year.

In addition to the cash award, GSSI will make loaner equipment available for the winner(s) to use. GSSI will coordinate this equipment loan directly with the student winner(s) and will do their best to coordinate and make any necessary GSSI equipment available.

The student winner(s) should endeavor to publish the findings resulting from the grant in a scholarly journal or present their findings at AGU’s Fall Meeting.

The student winner(s) should submit a final report on their research at the close of their project. Any resulting publications can replace the need for a final report.


The application process will require the submission of the following materials:

  • Upload a current CV and transcripts from educational institutions attended (unofficial transcripts are acceptable); all transcripts should be in a single PDF file
  • Proposal narrative including research objective, scientific merit, research methods and plan (not to exceed two pages)
  • Proposed budget, including financial and equipment needs, and brief budget justification
  • One letter of support from research faculty advisor, due by application deadline. The letters of support will be submitted via the AGU grants web service, using the following naming protocal “GSSI Student Grant – Applicant Last Name_Referee Last Name”. Letters should comment on the proposed research, budget and applicant qualifications.

Proposals and supporting letters must be received no later than Wednesday, 1 May (11:59 PM Eastern Time).