The Caswell Silver Foundation


The Caswell Silver Foundation was created in 1980 through an endowment by Caswell Silver, an alumnus of the Department of Geology. The Foundation was established with the sole purpose of supporting graduate education and research at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico. The Foundation supports several programs:

The Caswell Silver Visiting Professorship in Applied Geosciences

The Caswell Silver Open Rank Visiting Faculty Fellowship provides the opportunity for faculty on sabbatical and visiting researchers from other universities, institutes or entities to collaborate (teaching and research) with faculty in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences (EPS) at the University of New Mexico. The funded position provides financial support (salary supplement, research and travel costs). Requirements for the fellowship include a minimum of two months in residence at UNM and teaching a module in an aspect of Applied Geosciences. The inaugural fellowship is for the period January 19-May 13, 2016.  

Vincent C. Kelley Graduate Fellowships and Leon T. Silver Graduate Fellowships

The fellowships are awarded on the basis of the scholastic record and academic promise of graduate applicants. Each fellowship provides a stipend of $1,790 per month for twelve months, and up to $3,000 per year for travel and research expenses. The Foundation pays all tuition, university and health insurance fees. These awards complement other graduate assistantships, such as research or teaching assistantships. As with other forms of departmental assistance, the award is contingent on maintaining excellent academic standing and evidence of significant progress in research. Preference is given but not restricted to applicants for the Ph.D. program.

Caswell Silver Undergraduate Research Support

Awards in support of undergraduate research are based on proposals submitted by undergraduate students. The Foundation pays for costs related to field and analytical work, as well as costs incurred for research presentations. Students are expected to maintain excellent academic standing and show evidence of significant progress in research. Preference is given but not restricted to undergraduates involved in the departmental Honors program.

The Caswell Silver Distinguished Lecture Series

The Foundation provides funds to invite internationally known earth scientists to present lectures or seminars in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.


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