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IUGFS 10-year Strategic Plan

I learned an unbelievable amount—it’s hands-on learning, and you can see the structures right there in front of you—but the faculty also emphasized independent thinking. I really fell in love with field geology.

– Ellen Reat IUGFS Class of 2012, MS 2016, Sedimentology

Here are some ways to help

While we have made great progress in the past 5 years, there is still work to be done to make sure our field station remains highly functional and attractive for our students and potential external users. Our current focus is on raising funds dedicated to new construction and renovation of existing structures, and also endowed scholarships for students.

1. Grow the facilities

The Field Station has been wonderfully maintained since its beginning. As is true of most programs, our growth depends upon the construction, replacement and/or renovation of many buildings on the campus.

The prioritized list of new construction includes:

  • Student bathhouse and laundry on the lower grounds
  • Housing unit for Associate Instructors and Professionals
  • Construction of new student housing, and the renovation of existing housing on the upper grounds.

Long-term plans include renovations of the kitchen in the Lodge and the restoration of Carmichael Creek including the construction of a pedestrian bridge across the creek between the upper and lower grounds.

construction and maintenance funds include:

Excellence in Field Geosciences: The income from these gifts is to be used for the general support of the Judson Mead Geologic Field Station, in order to support teaching of geoscience in the field to students and other individuals of all ages, and research into the best practices of teaching geosciences in the field. Distribution of funds will be jointly determined by the Department Chair and the Director of the Field Station. Expenditures may include but are not limited to course development and marketing, instrumentation and equipment, enhancement of infrastructure, faculty recruitment and retention, workshops and seminars, travel for faculty, staff and students, and other needs that will ensure the highest level of excellence in teaching and pedagogic research based at the Judson Mead Geologic Field Station.

Geology Field Station Maintenance Fund: The net income and in case of emergencies as defined by the Department, 10% of the principal be used for maintenance, upkeep, and improvements on the Field Station physical plant.

Judson Mead Geological Field Station Building Fund: This account is to be used for construction of facilities at the Judson Mead Geologic Field Station. The facilities shall be constructed to meet the needs of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University. The account manager will be the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Foundation and the account supervisor will be the Vice President for Capital Projects and Facilities of Indiana University. Any excess funds must be used for the benefit of the construction project. Allowable expenditures may include, but are not limited to, equipment or furnishings to complete the building, costs associated with preliminary planning, and travel by College administrators and faculty to conduct site visits, and consultations with architects and contractors. The College also acknowledges that the cost of the construction project supported by the Donors may exceed the amount of gift funds available for this purpose. The College, in consultation with the Indiana University Vice President for Capital Projects and Facilities, has the responsibility to identify other available funds that can be used to complete the project.

If you are interested in helping us bring the field station experience to future generations of students with modernized and upgraded facilities, please contact Travis Paulin, Executive Director of Advancement at 812-855-1876

You could help expand the property

2. Establish a scholarship

Every year the Judson Mead Geologic Field Station recognizes outstanding students from across the country with scholarships to help defray the cost of its courses. In the recent past, upwards of 60% of the students attending our courses have been awarded a scholarship.

Through the generous support of donors, we have several scholarships provided through funds that have been permanently endowed through gifts from alumni and friends. Examples include corporate scholarships, class year scholarships, memorial scholarships.

As part of the IU Bicentennial campaign, the university will provide a match on the initial income, in perpetuity, for qualifying newly endowed scholarships of $50,000 or more. This includes all newly created scholarships to support students attending the IU Geologic Field Station.

If you are interested in learning more about how to create a scholarship for students attending the IU Geologic Field Station, please contact Travis Paulin, Executive Director of Advancement at 812-855-1876.

You could set up a scholarship

3. Donate to an existing fund

We have a number of endowment accounts that target a range of specific needs/goals. Of these, two stand out - the Judson Mead Field Station account and the Excellence in Field Geoscience account, primarily because of the flexibility in how these endowment agreements have been structured. These two accounts can be used for a wide range of needs that cover scholarships, faculty enhancement, and construction to name just a few.

Details for these accounts and others can be found in the PDF documents on the left.

Contact us for more information

For more details about our strategic plan and the campaign, contact:

Jim Handschy
Director, IUGFS
Bruce Douglas
Associate Director for Academics

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Indiana University
1001 East 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone : 812.855.1475

Give Now

For more information about ways to make a gift, including gifts of stock or personal property, bequests through your estate, and gifts that provide income to you for life, please click on the "give now" button or contact:

Travis Paulin
Director of Development
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 812-855-1876

contact information

department of earth and atmospheric sciences
indiana university
1001 e. 10th st. bloomington in 47405

phone: 812-855-1475


field station address:
633 s. boulder road, cardwell, montana 59721
phone: 406-287-3323