These last 4 years, my life has tremendously improved. I feel more confident as a person and student, I have learned so much about work ethic, group settings and so much about the environment. I want to study environmental sciences and hope to help improve other people's lives in the future.- Marlowe Story, GeoFORCE graduate
The University of Texas at Austin's Jackson School of Geosciences provides education and research to enhance our knowledge of the Earth. GeoFORCE, a K-12 outreach program of the Jackson School, is designed to increase the number of students pursuing STEM degrees in college and moving into the future high-tech workforce.
Each summer GeoFORCE takes about 400 high school students on spectacular geological field trips in Texas and throughout the United States. Taught by university faculty, research scientists, area educators and mentored by professional geologists from our industry partners, the trips engage and empower the students by exposing them to something completely different from their home and school environment.
GeoFORCE is designed to provide lasting experiences for middle and high school students that will capture their interest, motivate them to achieve excellence in math and science courses, and build their awareness of opportunities in high-tech careers, especially the geosciences.
GeoFORCE sponsors not only provide financial assistance, they also serve on our advisory committee, attend field trips, mentor GeoFORCE college students, and provide college scholarships. GeoFORCE grows every year as 80 new 8th graders are added, and the seniors head off to college, and so the need also grows. It is the intent of GeoFORCE Texas to increase the number and diversity of future geoscientists as well as to provide widespread acknowledgement of all sponsors.