Each summer GeoFORCE takes about 600 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.
In operation since 2005, GeoFORCE has a growing college program. With a high school graduation rate of 100% and a college matriculation rate of over 95%, GeoFORCE has 486 college students currently enrolled in over 83 colleges and universities throughout Texas and the US. Nearly two-thirds of our college students are majoring in STEM fields.
In March 2015 President Barack Obama awarded GeoFORCE Texas the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The White House awards the recognition to individuals and organizations whose crucial goal is to provide mentoring in the personal and academic development of students actively studying math and science. A White House press release and a UT Austin press release are available for more information.