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Student Outreach

There’s a shortage of geotechnical engineers in our industry, and our future will be determined by how effectively college students are encouraged to pursue geotechnical careers. CalGeo works with colleges and universities throughout the state to foster interest in the profession and help shape the industry’s future leaders.

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CalGeo Student Chapters

CalGeo currently supports the efforts of our student chapters at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Fullerton, Sacramento State, and UC San Diego. Working in coordination with CalGeo's student outreach liaisons, engineering students host talks and site tours to advance their understanding of the industry and learn key skills to prepare them for entry into the consulting engineering profession.


CalGeo began awarding scholarships in 2020 and has awarded the following amounts in each year.

2024: $18K
2023: $18K
2022: $15K
2021: $12K
2020: $10K

2024-2025 Submissions were accepted through December 31, 2023. Winners were announced in January 2024 and will be recognized starting at Conference 2024.

Awards will be presented during our Annual Conference in O'ahu, April 3-5, 2024. A stipend is provided to winners to support travel costs to the conference. Attendance at the conference is complimentary but not required for scholarship award winners. CalGeo has expanded what it offers to students with an interest in geotechnical engineering including:

  • $18k/year in scholarship money to students pursuing careers in the geoprofessions.
  • Funding initial chapter creation
  • Aiding in providing speakers from our member firms for local chapter meetings (VOLUNTEER NOW!)
  • Sponsorship of Geo-wall teams
  • Free registration to at least 2 members of each chapter for CalGeo's Annual Conference
  • Free hotel room for each student chapter for CalGeo's Annual Conference
  • Discounted attendance at Regional Dinner meetings

Each year students from each chapter are invited to attend the annual CalGeo conference where they attend professional presentations, compete for awards, and directly interact with industry leaders in the Geotechnical Engineering community. CalGeo continues to work on expanding the number of student chapters statewide, and we are working to establish additional active chapters in northern California.

Your support of the student chapters helps them reach their goals! Recently, many of our student chapters have created comprehensive sponsorship requests. If you would like to help with their endeavors, please click on Sponsorship Request in the table below. Click on “Student Chapter” in the table for current updates on the student’s activities.

Cal Poly Pomona: Sponsorship Request  E-mail Student Chapter President

Cal Poly SLO: Sponsorship Request  E-mail Student Chapter President / Email Student Chapter Co-President

CSU Sacramento: Sponsorship Request   E-mail Student Chapter President

CSU Fullerton: Sponsorship Request   E-mail Student Chapter President

CSU Northridge: Sponsorship Request  E-mail Student Chapter President

UCLA: Sponsorship Request E-mail Student Chapter President

UCSD: Sponsorship Request   E-mail Student Chapter President

If you would like to start a CalGeo Student Chapter please e-mail us for a list of the next steps.