Giving

Contributions from alumni and friends are essential for the Odum School’s excellence in research, teaching and service. Private financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations provides the margin of excellence that helps distinguish great universities from good ones. Direct state support accounts for only about one third of UGA’s annual operating budget. Every gift is important, regardless of size!

Please consider making a gift online or mailing a check, payable to the UGA Foundation, to: UGA Gift Accounting Office, 394 South Milledge Avenue, Suite 100, Athens GA 30602. You may include the fund name on the memo line. Below are several of the funds where you can designate your gift. If you cannot find the one you are looking for call Allison Walters at 706-542-6007.

To make an online gift, simply click on any of the important ecology initiatives below:

The Ecology Fund

The Ecology Fund allows us to address the most pressing needs in the Odum School of Ecology. As the unrestricted fund this supports various initiatives of the students, faculty and dean.


Student Support

Frank Golley Memorial Award – Created in memory of Dr. Frank Golley, this award supports graduate student research and travel on an annual basis.


The Coastal Georgia Marine (Ecology) Fund provides support for research on the Georgia Coast and neighboring states to allow students to experience firsthand the ecology of coastal Georgia.


The Graduate Diversity Award in Ecology provides support for increasing the diversity of graduate students enrolled in the Odum School. Support includes travel and recruitment costs incurred by members of the Odum School. The award also provides funding to enhance the research experience for potential enrollees of the Odum School. This award was established by Dr. Dave Coleman, an emeritus faculty member of the Odum School.


The Graduate Student Support Fund provides funding for scholarships, awards, travel, and other expenses to support graduate students.


The James W. and Karen G. Porter Endowment supports exemplary undergraduates who demonstrate great passion for study in any area of ecology, in keeping with the importance the Porters placed on undergraduate education throughout their academic careers. Scholarship support will include funding for stipends, travel, research supplies, and related expenses to enhance undergraduate research at the Odum School.


John Spencer Graduate Fellowship Fund provides a research assistantship(s) for a matriculating student(s) in either the Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development MS program or the MS Ecology program. The fund was created by his family and friends in memory of John Spencer, MS CESD ’16.


River Basin Center John Spencer Research Grants support graduate students affiliated with the UGA River Basin Center with small grants of up to $2,000. It was launched in 2016 with a generous donation from Kathelen Amos, and is named in honor of her son John Spencer, a former master’s student at the RBC and the Odum School of Ecology. See the RBC website for more information.


The CEID Fund seeks to address problems at the intersection of ecology and infectious diseases by developing innovative technical methods and novel collaborative approaches. This fund allows the CEID to address their most pressing needs and supports various initiatives of the CEID and its faculty and student members


Travel Awards

Frank Golley Memorial Award

Frank Golley Memorial Award – Created in memory of Dr. Frank Golley, this award supports graduate student research and travel on an annual basis.

The Meyer-Helfman Travel Award

The Meyer-Helfman Travel Award is awarded annually to students for travel to meetings, research sites, etc. which will further the Odum School’s contribution to applied ecology in honor of two distinguished, retired faculty members  – Judy Meyer and Gene Helfman.

The Odum Global Scholars Fund for Undergraduate Study

The Odum Global Scholars Fund for Undergraduate Study provides critical financial support for undergraduate students interested in studying abroad, which is a focal point of our undergraduate program.

The Odum Global Scholars Fund for Graduate Study

The Odum Global Scholars Fund for Graduate Study provides critical financial support for graduate students interested in studying abroad, which is a focal point of our graduate program.

The Ron Carroll and Carol Hoffman Costa Rica Travel Award

The Ron Carroll and Carol Hoffman Costa Rica Travel Award provides funding for undergraduate and/or graduate students traveling to Costa Rica. Students traveling for the Maymester Tropical Ecology program are given first preference.

The Thelma Richardson-Frank Golley Undergraduate Support Award

The Thelma Richardson-Frank Golley Undergraduate Support Award encourages individual excellence in undergraduate studies with awards to Odum School undergraduate students for travel, papers, general merit, and other endeavors.

The Sustainability Plan for Ecology Fund

The Sustainability Plan for Ecology Fund supports the Odum Schools goal to be the most ecologically sustainable academic program in the world and to enhance our research and teaching abilities in a holistic way, embodying the ecological philosophy of the School’s founder and namesake.

Odum Faculty & Staff Support of Academic Excellence Award

The Odum School of Ecology Faculty & Staff Support of Academic Excellence Award is an award that benefits undergraduate and graduate students through support from contributions by faculty and staff.