Making a Donation

The pursuit of academic achievement in the geosciences is an LSU tradition, and our alumni and friends play a key role in upholding the department's legacy of excellence. Be a part of our formula for excellence by making geoscience education at LSU one of your philanthropic priorities.

Our goals center on providing the  best opportunities for our students and faculty.  The options described below compose the framework that supports a successful department.

Annual Fund

Annual Fund  giving provides essential dollars used to initiate new programs, fund current activities, and provide flexibility for meeting student and faculty needs.

Student Support

The best undergraduate and graduate students are heavily recruited by the top universities.  Our goal is to successfully compete for the best and brightest students and to attract outstanding talent from across the nation.  We also strive to provide nationally competitive programs and experiences.  These include:

Faculty Support

The department's faculty provide the foundation for maintaining our outstanding educational and research programs.  Therefore, the ability to attract and retain a world-class faculty is of central importance to achieving the National Flagship Agenda.  Endowed chairs and professorships bring great distinction and provide discretionary funds crucial to supporting academic excellence.  The State of Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund (BRSF) provides a 40 percent match for certain gifts, leveraging the private donation.


Scientific discovery is dependent upon having access to appropriate and modern learning environments.  The availability of first-rate facilities is a statement to faculty, students, and the national and international research communities that LSU is serious about its commitment to quality instruction and research.  The department is currently implementing several facility-related projects including:

  • Upgrading research and teaching labs
  • New equipment purchases

Click here to make your gift online through the LSU Foundation website. Enter your Personal Information then select your gift designation by choosing the following:

Gift Designation: "Click to choose funds"

Select the "Geology Development Fund" for general donations or "Other" and write which specific fund you are supporting.