Support What You Care About

You care about great research. You care about quality science education for all students. You care about the future of Minnesota. Give to the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate and support causes you care about. 

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Soil, Water, & Climate General Fund 

You know flexibility is important when funding science, research, and quality education. By giving to the Soil, Water, and Climate general fund, you know we will put the money to good use for the most urgent need. Whether that is a piece of lab equipment that breaks down, a student in need, supplies for instructors - your gift can make all the difference. 

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Seeley Climate Fund

Mark Seeley is a trusted voice of climate information around the state. He's used science and communication to unite people. You can help us continue his legacy. If you care about quality climate research, students, outreach, faculty, and science communication, help us keep up the good work here at the University of Minnesota. 

Support Students

You care about the future of science - you want to support students. These funds directly support our students as they study the science of our soil, water, and climate. 

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Soil Judging Team

Few undergraduate experience have as big of an impact on our students as soil judging and soils field classes. Working together as a team, students go out and examine soil around the region, learning to identify it properites, understand it's importance in various ecosystems, and understand how it impacts our infastructure. The work culminates in a regional and national competition where they put their skills to the test against other Universities, get the opportunity to travel and meet soil science professionals, and begin building practical career skills. And it only happens because of the support of donors like you. Learn more about soil judging on their blog! 

The Raymond Allmaras Graduate Fund

Started in 2002 by the late Dr. Raymond Allmaras and members of his family, this fund provides fellowships to graduate students in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate. This fund is matched by the University's 21st Century Graduate Fellowship Match Program. 

Picture of SWAC graduate student doing field workHowe Graduate Fund

Members of the Howe family created this fund to support a graduate student in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, in recognition of Howe Fertilizer and Agricultural Chemical Company's long relationship with the department. This fund is matched by the University's 21st Century Graduate Fellowship Match Program. 

Donald Baker Scholarship

Students receive a (currently small) scholarship award in honor of Dr. Baker's 37 years of teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Minnesota. 

Peter Graham Memorial Fund 

Rosemary Graham created this fund in 2012 in memory of her husband, Dr. Peter Graham, an esteemed professor and scientist in the Department. This fund supports activities in the department, including research of soil microbiology to increase food production in developing countries, research of prairie legumes to prevent soil erosion and water pollution, and to encourage the preservation of native Minnesota prairies, and maintenance of Rhizobium research on the use and benefits of inoculation for all legumes. It also supports travel expenses for graduate students engaged in Rhizobium research. 

Dr. C. William Zanner Fellowship 

This fellowship is designed for full-time graduate students in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate who are interested in pursuing field-based educational experiences. 

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William E. Larson Endowed Chair in Soil and Water Resources 

This fund provides support for a faculty position that provides national leadership for research on soil and water interactions, specifically focusing on land and water usage problems. The University provides additional funding for the chair through the Permanet University Fund. 

Raymond R. Allmaras Professorship in Emerging Issues in Soil and Water

This fund provides support for a faculty position in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate. It's goal is to attract and retain an outstanding academic to excel and reach toward future solutions and discoveries in soil and water research and education. 

Earl Kuehnast Family Endowment 

This fund supports the advancement of climatology and meteorology teaching and research programs in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, including the annual, public Kuehnast Lecture. 

William E. Larson and Raymond R. Allmaras Lecture

This fund supports annual public lectures on emerging issues in soil and water, hosted by the University of Minnesota's Department of Soil, Water, and Climate. 

Soil, Water, and Climate Visiting Professor 

This fund supports a visiting professor within the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, who joins together with current faculty to explore Earth system processes and the interaction among land, atmosphere, and water.