The Geophysical Institute Graduate Student Association is colloquially know as GIGSA. We are the unified voice of the graduate student body at the GI. Our main role as an organization is to advocate for graduate students.

Get Involved!
Are you interested in participating in GIGSA activities? Join our Google Group to learn about current graduate student issues we’re working to resolve and other exciting activities in the GI graduate student world.

Pizza Seminar Series

The Pizza Seminar Series is organized by GIGSA students during the fall and spring semesters to inform a broad audience about current research, promote interdisciplinary work across research groups and encourage collaboration among scientists within the GI. The seminar is held on the second Monday of the month at noon in the Elvey Globe Room. Pizza is available at $2 per slice to raise money for the GIGSA Student Travel Grant.

If you are interested in giving a talk or have a suggestion for a speaker please contact the seminar coordinator at or For more information about giving a presentation check out GIGSA Seminar Series Goals and GIGSA Seminar Speaker Guidelines.

GIGSA Activities

Book Sale
Every year GIGSA hosts a book sale in the Elvey Globe Room. Proceeds benefit the graduate student travel fund. A wide selection of books are available to fit interests both academic and personal of students and employees from every discipline. These books are from the UAF library system and are offered at very reasonable prices.

Volunteers are needed to run the sale, and volunteers get first dibs on the books! Join the GIGSA Google Group to learn more about this volunteer opportunity.

Though the time for cookouts in Fairbanks is short, GIGSA takes full advantage of it! Every Wednesday during the summer and beginning of fall semester while the weather is nice, join us behind Elvey to cook burgers and enjoy the company of others of like mind. A burger with toppings is $5; money not spent on supplies goes to the travel fund.

GIGSA Snack Shop

GIGSA students run and maintain a shop in 501C Elvey offering a variety of drinks and snacks. All items are under $3.00, with many $1.00 or less. Sodas, energy drinks, bottled water, coffee, ice cream, chips, candy, soups, noodles and much more are available. Our shop operates on an honesty policy. All the items are clearly labelled, just total the cost and deposit cash in the designated box.

All of the proceeds from the snack shop provide financial support to the GIGSA Travel Grant.

Contact Us

Join the GIGSA Google Group to learn about current graduate student issues we’re working to resolve and other exciting activities in the GI graduate student world.

General Inquiries
Do you have general questions about GIGSA? Please email your questions to or

Pizza Seminar
For specific questions and feedback related to the Pizza Seminar series please contact our seminar coordinator at or

Travel Grant
Information about the travel grant can be found here. If you have questions please contact our Travel Grant committee chair at or


GIGSA Travel Grant

The GIGSA Graduate Student Travel Fund provides financial assistance to graduate students presenting their own research at a national or international conference or workshop. Travel for purposes other than conferences or workshops, such as for collaboration with colleagues at other institutes, may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

To qualify, the student must work for a faculty member belonging to one of the seven research groups: Space Physics & Aeronomy, Tectonics & Sedimentation, Volcanology, Atmospheric Sciences, Remote Sensing, Seismology & Geodesy, Snow, Ice & Permafrost (although they may reside anywhere on campus). Successful applicants will receive assistance in the form of frequent flier mile award tickets or monetary support for national or international meetings. For students who actively participate in GIGSA, a maximum of $800 or the equivalent value in air miles will be awarded. For students NOT actively involved in GIGSA, a maximum of $400 or the equivalent value in air miles will be awarded. The quality of the application may also influence the award tier. The award amounts in each tier may bump up by a few hundred dollars depending upon the status of GIGSA account at that time. The award will be authorized to cover airfare/mileage ticket, registration, lodging and ground transportation, depending upon the capacity of the amount awarded to the student. The award letter will be provided before travel but the amount will be reimbursed (except for the mileage ticket, if any) to the student when he/she submits the necessary documents/receipts after returning from the conference/workshop. Each student is allowed one award during a master’s program and up to two awards during a Ph.D. program.

For funding to attend the AGU Fall Meeting, applications are due September 15 of year attending. For other conferences, applications are due minimum two months prior to travel.

To apply, click on the link below and submit a completed application form. You will be directed to the orgsync portal that requires you to sign in with your UA ID and then click on Begin Form after you are signed in.

GIGSA Travel Grant Application Form

If you have any questions please contact the Travel Grant Coordinator at