Eli Silver Earth and Planetary Science Opportunities Fund

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Purpose: The Eli Silver Earth and Planetary Science Opportunities 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.

History: The Eli Silver Earth and Planetary Science Opportunities Fund was established by a group of Eli's former students in honor of Eli's numerous scientific achievements, outstanding teaching and mentoring contributions, and distinguished service. The fund is intended to accelerate the pace of professional and educational development for EPS students (undergraduate majors and graduate students), and to offset increasing costs for educational and living expenses, helping to launch these students' careers. Eli remains an active and influential member of the EPS community, as he enjoys Emeritus status, and we are pleased to recognize his legacy and support current and future EPS students.

Status: The Eli Silver Fund was launched in December 2016, and we are now accumulating the first donations.

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Endowment Goals: Our initial goal is to endow the fund so that we can grow it in perpetuity, requiring $25k. That will provide enough interest to start giving student research awards. When we grow the endowment to $100k, we can give multiple awards or a partial scholarship. We need to raise about $350k to give a one-quarter scholarship covering fees and living expenses.

Please use this link 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 your interest in supporting the Silver Fund.

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Donations to the Eli Silver Earth and Planetary Science Opportunities Fund have made this award possible. Below are previous awardees.

  • 2019 Esther Munoz (Undergraduate Student)
  • 2019 Adrienne Ricker (Graduate Student)