How to Support the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at UCSC

Students describe the Poleta Formation in the White-Inyo Mountains during our Summer Field Internship class. You can support outstanding undergraduate students by giving to the Gerald Weber and Suzanne Holt Fund listed below.

As the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department has grown in stature and numbers, we have benefitted from contributions made by our network of alumni, families, and friends. These contributions support a wide variety of teaching, research, and service activities, and are particularly important in providing academic and professional development opportunities for EPS students. Please contribute to any of the funds/endowments listed below, or make a donation to the "Earth Sciences General Fund" so that your gift can be put to use where it is needed most.

Please choose from the list of links below to open a new browser window that contains a form on the UCSC Online Giving page. The form should be "pre-populated" with information indicating where your gift will be directed, if you selected one of the designated funds listed below, and you may add instructions to the window labeled, "Notes or special instructions for your gift."

J. Casey Moore Fund

The Casey Moore Fund supports current graduate students in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at UCSC as they conduct thesis-related research.

Match alert!

One of Casey's former students has generously offered to match all new contributions to the Casey Moore Fund (gifts in excess of previous commitments) by a ratio of 1:1, up to $5000 for the current calendar year. Your generous gift will have twice the impact! Learn more about the Casey Moore Fund

Gerald Weber and Suzanne Holt Fund

The Weber-Holt Fund supports EPS majors while they participate in summer field camp, an iconic experience that satisfies the "capstone course" requirement applied to all undergraduates at the University of California. Learn more about the Weber-Holt Fund

Eli Silver Earth and Planetary Science Opportunities Fund

The Eli Silver Fund supports undergraduate majors and graduate students in the UCSC Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, contributing to costs for professional development, education, and living expenses. Learn more about the Eli Silver Fund

Zhen and Ren Wu Memorial Award Fund

The Wu Fund supports graduate students in geophysics as they conduct thesis-related research, with an emphasis on students seeking careers in exploration industries. Learn more about the Wu Fund

Earth's Environment Fund

The Earth's Environment Fund supports graduate and undergraduate students in the Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) Department at UCSC as they conduct thesis-related research involving topics such as water resources, climate change, and the evolution of landscapes and aquatic systems.

Match alert!

All gifts to the Earth's Environment Fund will be matched 1:1 by a generous EPS Donor, up to $10,000 for the current calendar year. Your generous gift will have twice the impact! Learn more about the Earth's Environment Fund

These additional funds provide opportunities to support a variety of teaching, research and service activities with the EPS Department at UCSC. 

Holly Day Barnett Fund

Note: The link above currently opens a page for contributing to Earth and Planetary Sciences at UCSC. Please enter "Holly Day Barnett Fund" in the box labeled, "Notes or special instructions for your gift."

This fund is a tribute to Holly Day Barnett. Awardees (advanced undergraduates) have traits common with Holly's: outdoor hobbies, leadership skills, and interests in the application of environmental Earth sciences.

The Recharge Initiative

The Recharge Initiative is a focused effort to protect, enhance, and improve the availability and reliability of groundwater resources. These goals are being accomplished through research, teaching, service, and outreach, in collaboration with partners from academia, federal, state, and local agencies, municipalities, and citizen stakeholder groups. Learn more about The Recharge Initiative

Summer Field Camp

We have three other funds with which you may be familiar. These are going strong and assist well with our meeting some important departmental and students needs.

Aaron and Elizabeth Waters Fund: The interest from the Waters Fund is given as an annual award for the most meritorious Ph.D. thesis proposal (or two) of the year. Many thanks to those of you who gave to this fund during spring and summer of 2001 when we had the matching opportunity from the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Earth Sciences Special Needs Fund: We have endowed a portion of our various donor gifts for this fund. This fund supports special projects and initiatives, or areas that require urgent one-time support.

Tea Fund: Two of our alumni, Dan Orange and Jeff Marshall, sold their Loma Prieta Earthquake slide sets and donated the proceeds to create an opportunity for socialization and interdisciplinary conversation. Faculty and staff rounded out the amount to reach the investment minimum. We provide a tea time weekly throughout the academic year for these gatherings. You are welcome to visit at any time!


Not sure where best to contribute?

Please donate to the Earth and Planetary Sciences General Fund, which can be used to support a variety of research, educational, and alumni development needs.

If you would prefer, you may also make a donation by mail. Please print and fill out this EPS gift form and follow the instructions to make sure that your gift is used as intended.

We are glad to discuss your interest in supporting EPS at UCSC, and to provide information that may be helpful in directing your contribution to be consistent with your goals.

Please contact:

Grace Caslavka (Department Manager): 831-459-4478, gcaslavk@ucsc.edu

Quentin Williams (Department Chair): 831-459-4644 jzachos@ucsc.edu

Andy Fisher (EPS Development Coordinator): 831-459-5598, afisher@ucsc.edu

Donations made to the EPS Department at UCSC are tax deductible, to the extent permitted by law. Please check with your tax preparer to assess how your donations may be deducted.