Education is a major focus of AIG activities. Current activities include:
- providing continued professional development opportunities for members in the form of conferences, seminars and short courses;
- AIG's student bursary programme, which supports talented honours and postgraduate students; and,
- major sponsorship of TESEP, a project to promote the development of curriculum materials and teaching resources, and provide in-service geoscience teaching training for high school science teachers.
Student membership of AIG is free for undergraduate geoscience students at Australian universities. Students also receive substantial discounts on AIG seminar and short course registrations and free access to AIG publications.
The AIG Bursary scheme is AIG's "flagship" education programme. Bursaries are granted each year to both postgraduate and undergraduate students who are also members of AIG. Applications are usually called for in the second quarter of each calendar year through notices distributed directly to geoscience departments throughout Australia, this web site and in AIG News.. An application form is available on-line while applications are open each year.
The bursary scheme is funded both directly by AIG and the generous support of both individual and corporate sponsors. The AIG Education Foundation has been established to help fund the Institute's education activities. The foundation has been granted deductible gift recipient status by the Australian Taxation Office, ensuring contributions to the foundation by Australian residents and companies are tax deductible. Information on how to contribute to the foundation is available from the AIG Secretariat office.
AIG is an affiliate of Edumine which provides a range of distance learning opportunities for geoscientists, including a wide range of short courses that may be completed on-line and live web casts, where registrants can interact with each other and the presenter. Edumine provides AIG members with a wide range of high quality continued professional development resources that may be accessed from just about anywhere with Internet access at any time. AIG members are entitled to a discount on Edumine enrollment and course fees.
Watch this section for news and further details of AIG education activities and developments, or contact our secretariat office or your local state branch.