Matches and Challenges

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Rapid Response

Rapid Response is the brainchild of Jamie Austin, Ph. D., a senior research scientist in the Jackson School’s Institute for Geophysics. “There is no more societally relevant research activity than learning from, and learning to live with, natural disasters,” said Austin. But, many research opportunities are missed because of the difficulty of finding research funding on-the-fly. The Rapid Response Program, a Jackson School of Geosciences initiative at The University of Texas at Austin, funds this critical work. In June 2021, Austin put up a $1 million match for any gift to the Rapid Response Program. Help us prepare the next generation of geoscientists by making your gift to this critical initiative today!



Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Jackson School has established a challenge match of $750,000 for GeoFORCE over the next four years. Funds will support programmatic expenses for the GeoFORCE Texas summer academies and annual programs. The generous donation was gifted to GeoFORCE to diversify funding. Eligible donations from new corporate sponsors, individual donors, or “in-kind” donations that offset programmatic costs will be matched. 


Legacy Challenge

You can make an impact today and a lasting one in the future by participating in the Jackson School of Geosciences Legacy Challenge. Document a new planned gift of $100,000 or more, and an immediate donation will be made to the department, program, project or area of your choosing within the school. Contact us today to join the challenge!

Make your gift today!

For more information contact Andrew West.